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Twelve-year-old Isabel confronts her dread of becoming the same kind of fear-driven creature as her mother in this brisk story of family and friendship. Through each chapter—named for flavors being tested for inclusion on the menu of the eponymously named cupcake shop that Isabel’s mother hopes to open—readers follow the family’s work to prepare the shop space, cope with the would-be proprietor’s fear of failure, and plan a publicity battle against a mega chain bakery. Isabel seems realistic—she wants to travel beyond her small Oregon town and in the meantime is working hard to provide her family, who are small business owners, much-needed emotional support. Other characters, including both her parents, her grandmother, her best friend, and her helpful adult neighbors, are flatter and serve more to elucidate Isabel and advance the plot than to add complexity to the story. A few cupcake recipes are provided at the happily-for-now close of the story. Grades 4-7. --Francisca Goldsmith

About the Author

Lisa Schroeder is the author of the teen verse novels The Day Before; I Heart You, You Haunt Me and its companion novel, Chasing Brooklyn; Far from You; and the teen prose novel Falling for You. She is also the author of the middle grade prose novels It’s Raining Cupcakes, Sprinkles and Secrets, and Frosting and Friendship. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Find out more about Lisa and her books at LisaSchroederBooks.com or on Twitter at @Lisa_Schroeder.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416990844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416990840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Schroeder is the author of seven novels for teens: I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, FAR FROM YOU, CHASING BROOKLYN, THE DAY BEFORE, FALLING FOR YOU, THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU and ALL WE HAVE IS NOW. She's also the author of the middle grade IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and CHARMED LIFE series, and MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been selected for a number of state reading lists. When she's not writing, you will probably find Lisa reading, walking the dog, or baking yummy treats. Lisa is a native Oregonian and lives with her family in Beaverton.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rainy day reader on April 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I thought that this book was a really good book. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. This book is great for middle school kids, because the main character, Isabel is in middle school. This book is very inspiring for kids who love to cook, like me. It is also the kind of book that tells you to do new things in life. Isabel enters a contest even though she thinks her best friend is going to win because she "gets every thing she wants." The reason I rated this book a 3 out of 5 was beacuse I was very disappointed in the ending. It's a book I thought I would never want to put down, which was true, until I had to, but that came too soon. I felt like the author did a very good job with the book, but it just ended too abruptly.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am in third grade and I liked this book so much! It is a great story for kids who want to open a restaurant in the future like me. I would like if other kids my age read it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book " It's Raining Cupcakes" was like a five star hotel but it was a book instead. At first my friend read this book, then about a year later she encouraged me too. I thought it was going to be like every other realistic fiction book, but it turns out it was nothing like that at all. It was about a girl who's mom was opening a cupcake shop. But a couple weeks before its grand opening, an old brownie is re-opening and and her mom think's she can't do it anymore. Mean while, Isabella (the girl) is entering a bake off, and while she thinks she should make chocolate tarts, her mom thinks she should do cupcakes. She wants to do cupcakes but because of the cupcake shop she thinks people might think she cheated.(the rules are no one can help you and the recipe has to be a new one) But she does cupcakes. Also she thinks her friend can beat her in the bake off because well, it is her way or no way. Find out more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Toni VINE VOICE on August 5, 2010
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This had the start of a great book for young girls, with our "Chickarita" named Isabel, being a creative thinker in that in her desire to see the big world that seemed to escape her, she entered a cupcake contest in the hopes of being able to win her a first trip out of her small town.

The writing is very good and the words and thoughts that flowed from the pen of author Lisa Schroeder made you feel that she was able to truly understand the minds of young ladies. The tight bond of friendship between Isabel and her best bud, Sophie, was perfect, and their personalities played off each other as fresh and natural as they were meant to be.

But two points within the story struck me as really not fitting in and which I would have preferred that they had been taken into another direction. The first and the greater of the two was the underlying current of depression and/or paralyzing fear/pessimism that Isabel's mother seemed to be fighting throughout most of the story. I felt that an otherwise great storyline had been overshadowed by the fact that a young girl had to grow up and mature faster than she needed because of her feeling of needing to mentally care for her mother. It was a bit like mom and daughter changing roles. Perhaps in another book which focused on the subject of this sort, this would have been an appropriate storyline. But for what I thought was a lighthearted and innocent adventure for young Isabel, it turned into more angst in both her trying to work towards her dream yet having to become way too grown up in thought and action, by way of being her mothers caretaker of sorts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Altar Boy on August 3, 2010
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When I read a book, I ask myself would I want to read it again. If the answer is yes, then I have a book that I would want to suggest to my student. In this case, the answer is no. Although there is nothing that parents would object to in the story, I find it lacking an engaging element. Basically it centers around a young girl with dreams to travel and a mother with roller coaster moods. The mother is ready to close down her new cupcake business before it even opens, when a competitor moves into town. After reading the book, I left it on the table with other novels and asked several kids to tell me which one they would choose. No one wanted to read It's Raining Cupcakes especially the girls getting ready to enter Middle school. So I cannot get excited about a book that kids (the primary target audience for the book) are not excited about. Consequently I rated it 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela on March 10, 2010
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I was really in the mood for something light and fun when I picked up this book, and these light and fluffy cupcakes really hit the spot! This book is set in one of those charming small towns that is full of quirky neighbors and a great atmostphere. Where you could ride your bike to the library, your friends house, or any of the little family businesses in no time. It makes me want to find a town like this of my very own and open up a used bookstore :-)

The book is full of great, quirky and engaging characters. Isabel, the main character, is a wistful girl who wishes to travel the world and feels stuck in her little hometown. Her mother is a woman with some anxiety issues. Flighty, yet fun, Isabel spends alot of her time catering to her mothers whims. Her dad, who reminded me alot of my own, is one of those men who have to always be working hard, time off is spent finding something else to work on, yet still finds time to be there for his daughter. Sophie, Isabel's best friend, is one of those girls who is charismatic and always seems to get whatever it is that she wants, but is loyal and friendly too. Her grandmother is a sweet, classy lady who is always there to give Isabel a kind word, a hug, and encouragment when she needs it. Plus, the new quirky, charming neighbors that only add to this books great line-up.

It's a great book that is written for middle school aged kids. Isabel learns that it's not all about where you want to go, but who you are with and how much you enjoy where you are. Alot of fun and with all the mention of yummy cupcakes I have a craving to make some cupcakes of my own :-)
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