Close to Famous

By Joan Bauer
(Puffin, Paperback, 9780142420171, 272pp.)

Publication Date: January 5, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Joan Bauer once again brings us a strong young female character. Foster McFee must learn to deal with life - from her mother's abusive boyfriend, to her inability to read, to figuring out just how to survive. What Foster does know is how to make cupcakes. Somehow, with much laughter and tears and inspiration from watching a TV cooking show, baking helps Foster to make friends, dream, and begin to do a lot more than simply survive. She learns to make the best cupcakes -- and the best life -- out of the craziest ingredients!”
-- Joanne Bibeau, Storybook Cove, Hanover, MA


Description

A novel full of heart, humor, and charm from Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer!

When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.

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