Ellis Johnson Might Be Famous


By Shawn Amos

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This joyful and heartfelt sequel to the NAACP Image Award-winning Cookies & Milk is a story of fame, self-confidence, and second chances, based on author Shawn Amos’s memories of growing up the son of Wally “Famous” Amos.
After the overnight mega success of his dad's cookie store, twelve-year-old Ellis Johnson is on top of the world. He’s met celebrities, strangers stop “the Cookie Kid” on the street, and he’s even headed to NYC to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with his dad. Ellis is ready for his star turn, playing harmonica on national television—until his big break turns into the most embarrassing moment of his life.
Ellis is sure everyone at home is judging him, and he can barely stand to show his face in school. To make matters worse, his dad is going gaga for a new girlfriend, and DJ Wishbone goes from being pushed out of his radio station … to taking over Ellis's place in the store. Ellis's only bright spot is the loyal friends who have stayed by his side—and who, along with some new faces, might just be able to help Ellis with a daring plan to get his groove back. 

This charming, semi-autobiographical novel proves that anything is possible with good music, good friends, loving family, and great cookies. 

Don't miss Ellis's first adventure in Cookies and Milk!


  • “A second helpings of Cookies and Milk? Yes, please! Ellis Johnson is back in another funny and heartwarming tale that is sure to hit the spot!”
    Jerry Craft, author of the Newbery Award-winning New Kid
  • “It’s a pleasure to return to Ellis’ cozy, cookie-scented world … the confiding, casual narrative style will easily draw in young readers. An eminently entertaining reminder that change should be embraced instead of feared—and that cookies always make life sweeter.” —Booklist
  • "An enjoyable read that is nicely paced and very relatable to anyone who’s ever experienced love, frustration, and middle school. Recommended for all tween shelves."
    School Library Journal, School Library Journal
  • Praise forCookies & Milk:

    A Junior Library Guild Selection
    An NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens

    "Shawn Amos has written a beautiful story of family and music, of growing up and having adventures, of business building and character building, that is at once very specific and universal. I love Cookies & Milk as much as I love cookies and milk."
    Lisa See, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Shanghai Girls
  • "Full of heart and humor…. A wholesome story that bridges generations."
  • "Offbeat and enchanting. The humorous narration is breezy and conversational…there are also exquisite descriptions of musical transcendence, an uplifting community, and a gorgeous father-son relationship that evolves and deepens throughout. A sweet treat with a warm center."
  • "Amos’s energetic prose encourages pride in one's culture. Championing interpersonal bonds, be they found family or blood relatives, the narrative also emphasizes unconditional love and one community’s impact on a boy shaping his identity."
    Publishers Weekly

On Sale
Oct 3, 2023
Page Count
320 pages

Shawn Amos

About the Author

As a kid, award-winning author Shawn Amos helped his dad, Wally "Famous" Amos, open the world's first chocolate chip cookie store on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Formosa Avenue in Hollywood, California. Shawn is now a dad himself to three great kids, and he sings and plays harmonica as blues singer "The Reverend Shawn Amos." Cookies & Milk is his first novel. He invites you to visit him online at ShawnAmos.com/author.

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