Close to Famous (Paperback)

By Joan Bauer

Puffin Books, 9780142420171, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2012

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
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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.


About the Author

Joan Bauer is the author of many books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here, and the L.A. Times Book Prize forRules of the Road. The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here andClose to Famous, which also received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers. School Library Journal says, "When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny characters, Bauer is in a class by herself." Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at www.joanbauer.com.
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