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


Blossomed by Paige Bimberg, age 10

07/22/2009 17:08
  Blossomed by Paige Bimberg      It was a very special occasion. My Grandma brought out the fancy china teacups and a large, crystal vase. Small, dainty silverware lined the bright, floral place mats and soft, pink napkins added a feminine touch. Mouth-watering baked goods...

Watch Laura talk tea on TV!

04/11/2009 10:37
Click here for a clip of Laura's appearance on Milwaukee's television show The Morning Blend. It's a tea party for three!

Caramel roobios from Cha Cha Tea

03/28/2009 15:33
Try Laura's new favorite tea, caramel rooibos, by visiting

Book plates!

02/17/2009 10:59
If you'd like an autographed book plate for your copy of TSG, e-mail Laura at with your mailing address. :-)

Lots of new Teashop Girls events!

02/02/2009 17:02
Be sure to click on the event calendar and scroll around. Laura just added lots of new, exciting Teashop Girls events to the page! Please note the dates are not in order. Apologies. :-)

Teashop Girls is in the news!

01/23/2009 19:17
Click here for a terrific feature story on The Teashop Girls and its Madison roots in 77 Square.

A special Teashop Girls toast...

01/21/2009 15:18 Miss Print for her exquisite review.


01/19/2009 18:30
Listen to Laura talk TSG on Stu Levitan's show. To download the podcast, click on the second January 11th segment on this page.

New pics!

01/13/2009 23:01
Click on the photogallery tab for great new pics of The Teashop Girls reading and signing in Madison last night. Thanks again to everyone who came out in the blustery, blizzardy weather.

Follow Laura on the web

01/10/2009 14:34
Teashop girl Laura Schaefer is all over Web 2.0! Get your fix of blogs, photos, and tweets at the following sites. Please add me and then stop by to leave comments any time.  
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