Eli Over Easy

Written by Phil Stamper

Eli doesn’t know how he is feeling. His mom passed away a few months ago and he is having a really hard time dealing with his emotions. His dad is super protective of him and won’t let him do anything because he’s afraid Eli will get hurt. To help him with his grief his dad enrolls him in a coding class for the summer. He loves coding and wants to be a coder when he grows up. He has to use his mom’s old laptop for schoolwork and he finds recordings of his mom teaching everyone how to cook. (His mom was a chef.) He starts learning to cook with his mom’s videos and finds out that cooking her recipes makes him feel closer to her. He meets a new friend named Matt and starts to cook with him. During the summer he starts to work through his grief and help his dad work through his emotions as well. In the end he does a final project of coding and cooking. This is a good book about working through grief when something tragic happens.

Reviewed by Christie Haslam, Media Clerk, Gearld Wright Elementary
Review shared in January 2024
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

Eli Over Easy
Written by Phil Stamper
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
280 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2023
ISBN: 9780063118836
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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