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“Clever plot twists and genuinely endearing main characters. The ending will leave readers satisfied, but possibly craving cupcakes.” (School Library Journal)

“Jeremy and Slater are likable bumblers, and the situations they find themselves in are campy fun. Readers who enjoy over-the-top silliness that settles into credible camaraderie will appreciate the plot arc here. ” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Hats (and tams) off to Jeremy Bender for a belly-laugh not even the densest cupcakes could hold down!” (Gordon Korman, bestselling author of The 39 Clues: One False Note and Pop)

“This book has it all: a laugh on each page, outrageous plot, snappy dialogue, mega-wedgies, and of course, cupcakes. Perfect for boys and girls. ” (Julia DeVillers, author of How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller (now the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep)Julia DeVillers, author of How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller (now the Disney Channel Original Mo)

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"Come on," Jeremy said. "If people figure out we're not really girls, we have one moment of total embarrassment. It'll be no worse than what Paul Vogler puts us through every day."
     "It's totally worse," Slater said.
     Jeremy went on. "Just the other day you were wishing for some way to change your looks so Paul wouldn't recognize you."
     "It's one thing to change my looks," Slater said. "It's another to change my looks to a girl!"
     "But if we can pull this off..."
     Slater ran a hand through his long floppy-in-the-front skater hair. "You talk about this like it'd be a cakewalk."
     "No," Jeremy said. "It'd be a cupcake walk."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062015125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015129
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Luper grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. He writes fiction for young people and proud to have moved from starving artist to not-so-starving artist. He currently lives in New York where he splits his time between Albany and Lake George.

Find out more at www.ericluper.com or check out one of his books!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan on October 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This novel by Eric Luper is a classic boys versus girls story.

Actually, he's not really against the Cupcake Cadets -- he's decided to become one! When 11-year-old Jeremy and his best friend Slater do some damage to his dad's boat, they need to figure out how to come up with some cash. Winning the Windjammer Whirl would net them $500, but it's only open to Cupcake Cadets. Armed with Jeremy's sister's old uniforms and her wig, the boys decide to pose and to win.

I loved the observations that Jeremy and Slater make about girls they learn as they are trying to fit in with them, and the inevitable lesson that boys are not necessarily better than girls is not given in a way that isn't too much of a "the moral of the story is. . . . " I recommend this funny novel for kids who like humor and the boy/girl angle will appeal to 4th graders who still think the opposite sex is gross, as well as the 6th grader who might be more interested in figuring out what makes the other half tick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maine Teacher on September 27, 2012
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This book is really engaging and a lot of fun! I am a 4th grade teacher, and I put a lot of thought into the books I choose as a read aloud. I want them to be appropriate (so I won't worry about uneasy topics or language in a whole group) but I also want my kids - especially reluctant readers- to be on the edge of their seat. The chapters are a great length- lots of snappy dialogue and funny situations that make the kids laugh. I would highly recommend this new book- best for grades 4 thru 6 and which is already on lists as one of the best kid's chapter books of 2012!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of two on September 22, 2011
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We stumbled across this book at our local library and will be sharing it with many. My third-grader thoroughly enjoyed it! I caught her in regular giggle fits. I only hope this is the first of many from Eric Luper's books written for a younger audience.
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By Gigi M on November 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jeremy Bender loves boats. One day while trying to spruce up his dad's boat, he and his friend Slater accidentally ruin the engine. Too scared to tell his father, Jeremy decides to try to win $500 by joining The Cupcake Cadets and winning the $500 in the Windjammer Whirl. There is only one problem. The cadets are a girls-only organization. So the boys decide to dress up pretending to be Jenna and Samantha, two new cadets that no one knows because they are home-schooled.

The boys assume that being a cadet will be easy. How hard could it be if girls can do it right? They were so wrong. It is amusing to watch as the boys start to appreciate everything that girls can do after they spectacularly fail at most of the things they attempt. This includes ruining the camping trip and giving the troop food poisoning with their home baked pie. The boys begin to realize that even qualifying to enter the race may not be nearly as easy as they thought.

Jeremy and Slater are able to keep their cadet scheme a secret from family and school mates for a long time. Things become complicated as a fellow cadet discovers their secret and decides to blackmail them in return for not revealing their betrayal.

There is also a sub plot about a bully at school that keeps tormenting the boys. The bully happens to be the son of the Cupcake Cadet troop leader and is spending lot of time around Jenna and Samantha. The two disguised cadets bribe him with cupcakes so he will leave their "friends" Jeremy and Slater alone.

Readers will enjoy how this story unfolds and its sweet ending (pun intended). With its accessible text and constant humorous conflicts, Jeremy Bender will be most enjoyed by girls and boys in grades 3 through 5.
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