Laura Schaefer is a freelance writer, editor and middle grade book author based in Orlando, Florida. Her latest novel will be released in the Fall of 2017 by Paula Wiseman books! Check back frequently for updates about this exciting project.

To order The Teashop Girls online, please visit your local Indie Bound bookstore or Powell's Books. To read a Teashop Girls excerpt, click here. A sequel to The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient, is also available! Order your copy today.


Dear Reader,

It’s nearing the end of summer before ninth grade and Annie has been busy working as a barista at her grandmother's teashop, The Steeping Leaf.  In between serving up chai lattes and matcha frappes, Annie has gotten involved in a scone bakeoff with one of Louisa's tea suppliers. The winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to London for a tea vacation! Annie The competition is tough and sabatoge is in the air when suddenly Annie's food blog begins attracting mean comments. Then there's the whole matter of a stolen kiss with Zach Anderson in the Steeping Leaf stockroom. Could Annie's former sworn enemy become her current love interest? With the help of her two best friends, Genna and Zoe, can Annie come up with an awesome contest entry and sort out her love life before the end of the summer?

To find out more about the sequel to The Teashop Girls, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, check out its exciting first chapter here.


Who is your favorite character in The Secret Ingredient?

Louisa (995)

Zach (2,040)

Genna (822)

Zoe (690)

Total votes: 4547


English Language Arts activities based on The Teashop Girls for your classroom

05/05/2010 11:48
English language arts activities for The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer  Grade 5-6 Author Laura Schaefer describes the setting of The Teashop Girls, The Steeping Leaf, in great detail. Begin a story of your own by describing a place you enjoy spending time. Use adjectives and sensory...

Attention Teachers and Principals!

04/18/2010 19:25
  Please contact me if you'd like some English Language Arts or writing activities for your classroom. I'm also interested in donating free books to you. Get in touch, and remember, I am available for half-day school visits. Thank you for all that you do.

New book review at Econkids!

01/17/2010 22:32
Thank you to Rutgers for this kind book review!

Attention principals, teachers, and school librarians!

01/17/2010 22:28
I am available for school visits for Summer and Fall 2011. I love coming in to talk to students about: *the writing process and revision *getting published *the life of an entrepreneur My visits can take several...


12/15/2009 21:52
Did you purchase The Teashop Girls for someone special for the holidays? E-mail me and I'll send you a free signed bookplate. :) There's plenty of time!

New Teashop events!

11/17/2009 18:55
Be sure to click on the Events Calendar for lots of new Teashop Girls plans! Laura will be at B&B's galore in December. Yay! Here are two blog posts about recent Teashop adventures in Middleton and Milwaukee. Were you there?

New book review!

10/27/2009 17:04
A big thanks to Write Meg for this wonderful book review.

Discussing courage at the Wisconsin Book Festival

10/12/2009 23:20
I was honored to participate in the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival here in Madison over the weekend. I had the pleasure of doing a reading with Claudia G. Martinez, author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume. We both enjoyed the great questions and engaging discussion with the crowd. Here's a nice...

Would you like a visit from the Teashop Girl herself, Laura Schaefer?

09/19/2009 14:35
Hello readers, teachers, librarians, bookstore owners, book clubs, and Girl Scout leaders! I am now booking events for November, December, and January and I'd love to come give a talk at your school, library, store, or tea room. I'm available for visits in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and the...

Tea For Twelve by Sarah Linton, age 12

07/22/2009 17:11
  Tea For Twelve: A Cat’s Tale of Gate Crashing a Tea Party  by Sarah Linton   Juliet sprang lightly off the wall into Rosalie’s garden, her elegant Abyssinian coat reflecting in the rising sun.  Normally, a first class house cat like her wasn’t up very early, but today was a...
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