Details: Hardcover, 256 pgs (this is also available through Scholastic via the school system in paperback)
Published: March 9, 2010 by Aladdin
isbn: 1416990844 (ISBN13: 9781416990840)
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of Oregon. She spends her free time in the library, reading and dreaming about faraway places. When her mom decides to open a cupcake shop in their little town of Willow, Isabel feels just like buttercream frosting to a cupcake-stuck. It seems as if it will be another disappointing summer, until Isabel learns of a baking contest. If she can come up with a winning recipe, she might have a chance of competing in the bake-off in New York City! But Isabel’s best friend, Sophie, is also entering the contest, and things always seem to go Sophie’s way. To make matters worse, Isabel and her mom don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on the type of recipe Isabel should enter. In this sweet treat by popular teen author Lisa Schroeder, Isabel discovers that maybe it’s not about where you go in life as much as it is about enjoying the view from wherever you are.
Woo hoo! Lisa has done it again! This book was very cute, with fantastic characterization, and an unbelievable story line. And it wasn’t fluff. This was about a very realistic girl that has to deal with family issues. No one dies or anything too drastic like that, but it’s just normal family issues. I think every 12 year old girl can relate in so many ways to Isabel and the situations she’s put in. I really felt a connection to Isabel and her life even though I’m 29 years old and was never in any sort of situation like her. I just really felt like she was easy to get. And her whole family was! Things weren’t always easy for them and at times I wanted to scream at her mother, but the way Isabel handled things was realistic and showed what a great person she was.
This book had cute cupcake names for each chapter, like Strawberry lemonade cupcakes (I’ve been craving strawberry lemonade since I read that chapter). It also has fantastic recipe’s that we can’t wait to try out!
I think this is a fantastic book for middle grade girls, but my daughter (who’s 5) also enjoyed it a lot. I only read her bits and pieces because I was so anxious to get through it, but this will definitely be a reread for us. I think this would be a fantastic book for a reluctant reader. It’s easy to read and relate-able and it has life issues mixed in with a lot fun!
I’ve yet to be disappointed in Lisa’s books (I’ve read every one!) and I can’t wait to read more about Isabel. In September, 2011 we get more and it’s from Sophie’s point of view and it’s called Sprinkles and Secrets, YAY!
I definitely give it 5/5 moons!
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