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Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes (The Just Grace Series) Hardcover – May 28, 2013

Book 10 of 12 in the Just Grace Series

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A broken “pinkie swear” promise, miscommunication, and hurt feelings lead to a rift between Grace and her best friend, Mimi. Even when Grace tries to set things right, the attempt seems to backfire. Still, once everything is sorted out, the temporary pain makes each girl cherish their friendship even more. Cartoon-style drawings, purportedly by Grace, add an appealing visual element to this lively first-person account of life in third grade. Harper succeeds in capturing the classroom dynamics as well as the ups and downs of the characters’ emotions. The tenth entry in the enjoyable Just Grace series of beginning chapter books. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan

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"This title can be read alone and will win new fans, while long-standing fans will cheer. Just Grace continues to be just delightful."
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"Harper succeeds in capturing the classroom dynamics as well as the ups and downs of the characters' emotions."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: The Just Grace Series
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547877447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547877440
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She read it quickly from cover to cover, laughing and giggling at every page.
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All-in-all, it's a fun slice-of-life story with some good character moments and a satisfying ending.
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The girls eventually work out their differences and learn some things about being a good friend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hundley VINE VOICE on April 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My seven-year-old and I have just finished the latest Just Grace novel and can report it as another winner in the series. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the books is the glimpse into Grace's inner life. While these are ultimately breezy and light-hearted books, her interior dialog gives them a bit more zest than many of the other series aimed at young readers and allow Grace to emerge a little more three dimensional than some of the other young heroines.

That said, my only caveat is that the series has now progressed to the point where it is advisable to start with the earlier books rather than jump in in the middle. We started with book 3 or 4 and then backtracked, but at the point we started, we were able to find our footing with relative ease. At this point, an awful lot is going to be confusing for the newbie - some of her relationships with other characters, some plot points that refer back to things that took place in previous books, so forth.

In any case, friendships are tested (but not too severely), old characters are seen in new lights, and cupcakes and baked, eaten, worn as costumes, and philosophized about. I highly recommend this series as entertaining, well-written and occasionally thought-provoking. Nothing heavy here, but they aren't aimed at an audience wants, or is ready for, dramatic emotional crisis and hard-hitting topics. The series lets kids be kids, without moralizing, brow-beating or talking down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Weaver VINE VOICE on June 25, 2013
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I'd never heard of the Just Grace series until I read other reviews of this particular book, so I feel I should start by saying that this book will easily stand on its own even if you haven't read its nine predecessors.

Just Grace is a cute character. She's an independent girl with a strong sense of herself and a strong sense of what she wants, without being bratty about it. She lives next door to her best friend and the two of them are going to be working on the third grade fair with the rest of their class. In addition to coming up with ideas for the class to vote on, Grace's grandmother visits for a couple of days, and Grace wants to show off her dog.

While the conflict of the story is slow in making itself known, the story itself flows along rather nicely, as it is written as a sort of journal in Grace's first person voice. Along with descriptions about what Grace is going through and thinking, there are drawings throughout the book that show Grace's view of the world. These drawings are also presented from Grace's perspective, as if she is doodling in her notebook.

The formatting of the book took a bit of getting used to for me. On the one hand, I think it had some appeal because nearly every page has some sort of picture to keep a kid interested, and short headings give the reader a brief glimpse at what will happen. However, there are no traditional chapter breaks. As an English teacher, I kind of miss the structure. As a new chapter book reader, my daughter seemed to find it a bit awkward figuring out good stopping points, as one section often flowed into another.

But what got me about the book is my daughter really enjoyed it. She laughed at the illustrations and was almost as excited as Grace about the idea of a cupcake themed fair. In fact, she liked it enough, that I would have no qualms ordering the entire series for her if she asks (which she hasn't done yet, but I wouldn't be surprised about).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yours Truly VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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I sometimes share books with a second grade neighbor, and she's a big Junie B. Jones fan. I thought she might want to try Just Grace, and while she liked the book fine (she reads a little slowly but thoroughly) she said Grace was no Junie B. And she found the book a little long. A big artist herself, she loved the illustrations, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on April 9, 2013
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My daughter and I are new to this author/series, but we read it together and we even baked the cupcake recipe at the back of the book. My daughter is 7-years-old, and the storyline fit in perfectly with her interests, which revolves mainly around Grace's dog, her friends, a school fair, and an important visit from Grandma. There are cute illustrations and typographical treatments throughout the book, and it reminds me of a female version of Captain Underpants (which my son loves). My daughter is deep into the girlie-girl phase, so everything about this book appeals to her right now.

The main reason I'm not giving it five stars is because we both found it a little slow to start. That could be due to the fact that we didn't know Grace from the prior books in the series, but it didn't grab her right away like the Judy Moody books. Once my daughter got into the story, she read it through quickly, and then insisted that we bake the cupcakes.

I'm not much of a baker, but we gave it a go, and aside from my objections to putting in one POUND of butter (between the batter and frosting), they turned out pretty well. I suppose it's hard to mess up that many yummy ingredients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaddo Mueller on April 6, 2013
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Just Grace got her nickname because there are other girls named Grace in her class. They go by their first name, last initial, such as Grace F. The main character told her teacher she wanted to be called just Grace and so "Just Grace" it was. Just Grace also has a female dog named Mr. Scruffers. There are several such charming little quirks and plenty of wit to make this an enjoyable book.

I've read a couple of other Just Grace books and I liked this one as much as the others. In this story, Just Grace's class is getting ready for the school fair by coming up with a theme and related games to invent and play. There is also a big challenge related to the theme. In addition, Just Grace's Grandma is coming for a visit and gets to meet Mr. Scruffers for the first time.

Just Grace and her best friend, Mimi, come up with ideas for the theme to present to the class. They agree that their ideas will be different from each other's so they don't compete for votes. But, when Just Grace's Grandma is there, she makes amazing cupcakes and they are all Just Grace can think about. When it comes time to suggest themes at school, Just Grace blurts out "cupcakes," which is in direct competition with Mimi's candy idea and Mimi gets mad at Grace. The girls eventually work out their differences and learn some things about being a good friend. The fair is a success and everyone has a good time.

My daughter enjoys Just Grace books with me and she really liked this latest installment. It's easy for readers that are new to chapter books because there are a lot of headings, lists, and comic book type illustrations to explain the story. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that the story seemed disjointed to read.
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