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
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.See all Editorial Reviews
This book was very interesting at the beginning. The story line was promising. We couldn't wait to see what happened and looked forward to finishing the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stacy B.
This is truly one of the most amazing books I have ever read I give it a million stars :)Published 5 months ago by Matt Worrell
Thought this book was fantastic , the plot was flowing and had my attention the whole time I would total recommend this to you!!!Published 6 months ago by Pups Kendel
It was amazing all though I am sad it is over I think that my friend Olivia would love this book I love when you think everything is going to go wrong and then it goes among... Read morePublished 8 months ago by dr
Loved it! Definitely a great book for young girls. So fabulously written that anyone will love this lovely book. Kudos!Published 8 months ago by Grace Reddell
Suggested as a birthday gift for granddaughter several months ago.Published 12 months ago by momofleo
I love this book!
It's funny,yummy,(it made me hungrey!) There was no other book I loved more!
I think everyone should read this book!