Did you hear the exciting news? A sequel to The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient, is out now! Order your copy right away. :-)

Welcome to The Steeping Leaf on the web! This is Laura Schaefer's official books page. 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. For some wonderful Teashop Girls tea party activities, click here.

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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.

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News

Author Laura Schaefer to speak at Whitefish Bay Middle School!

04/22/2014 11:39
Laura Schaefer with meet with the wonderful book club at Whitefish Bay Middle School, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin on May 2! She will be speaking from 3:15 - 4:15 PM. Laura has enjoyed Skyping with this group many times over the years and looks forward to talking with all these great readers in...

Lesson Plan for The Secret Ingredient

12/18/2012 16:53
Our favorite teacher, Donna Sakuta, has created a second lesson plan for The Teashop Girls community! This plan is based on The Secret Ingredient. Please feel free to print it out to use in your own classroom or book club. The Secret Ingredient Chapter 1  What time of year is it at...

Excellent Lesson Plan for The Teashop Girls!

11/29/2012 18:32
An AMAZING teacher in Florida, Donna Sakuta, created a wonderful lesson plan for The Teashop Girls. Please feel free to use it for your classroom or book club discussion! Thank you to Ms. Sakuta for so generously sharing her work with the whole Teashop Girls community. Tea cheers! Tea Shop...

Author Interviews

11/27/2011 16:06
Check out some of Laura's interviews on the web! McQuestionable Musings TeaPages Read, Write, Repeat Keen Tea Thyme  

New recipe!

11/27/2011 13:30
Would you like a great recipe for Pumpkin Bread? Click here. :-)

Announcing the Monroe Street Teashop Girls library fundraiser...complete with collectible charms!

09/07/2011 22:11
Hope you can make it to this awesome event on Monroe Street in Madison on October 8th!  

LILLIE FORTEAU Wins Contest!

08/24/2011 13:42
Laura is excited to announce the winner of The Secret Ingredient scone contest! Lillie Forteau, 9, who lives in Michigan sent in this winning idea: "Today my mom and I made Double Ginger Scones. I love to eat them with honey, or with our homemade ginger/peach/orange marmalade. It is SO good....

CONTEST --- UPDATE!

07/29/2011 09:27
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED THE CONTEST! Laura received some amazing and delicious-sounding entries. She will announce a winner and post all the finalists' entries early next week. Thanks again for entering and have a great weekend! **** Would you like to win signed copies of both The...

The Secret Ingredient is famous!

07/18/2011 08:56
Check out this very cool article about The Secret Ingredient in Madison's 77 Square newspaper!

Check out Laura's new non-fiction series Planet Explorers!

07/01/2011 09:26
Hello readers! After you get your brand new copy of The Secret Ingredient, check out Laura's new series Planet Explorers. These ebooks are fun and informative travel guides for kids. The first three titles are Chicago, Disneyland and Walt Disney World. They are packed with fun facts, interactive...