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Close to Famous Hardcover – February 3, 2011
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When the story begins, Foster McFee and her mother are on the run from Mom's abusive boyfriend, an Elvis impersonator. They find shelter in a small town where someone kind gives them a tow, someone else gives Mrs. McFee a job, and the tow truck people then offer them a place to stay.
As for Foster, she is incredibly talented as a self-taught young cook, especially when it comes to baking. Unfortunately, she is incredibly un-talented at reading. In short, she can't read, though she covers it up like a champion.
Now, as Foster spends the summer making connections with people like a young would-be documentary filmmaker and the actress who's hiding out from the pain of her all-too-public dumping by a big-time Hollywood flame, she finds that her secrets are coming out. Another worry is the location of a certain pillowcase that contains the few items she has remaining after her soldier father's death in Iraq.
Will this young cupcake maker be able to get in touch with her hero, TV chef Sonny Kroll? Will Miss Charleena ever come out of her house again? Will Foster's mom be recognized as having a star's voice, not a backup singer's? Will Macon ever make a documentary about the new prison down the road? Will Foster learn to read?
The learning-to-read subplot resonated with me because I have a dear friend who didn't learn to read till she was 18, faking it in all 11 of the schools her drug addict mother dumped her in for 10 years running.Read more ›
It's in Culpepper, West Virginia that Foster finds the confidence to believe in herself, to stop running away, and to face her learning disability head on. She finds people who are genuine, and wins them over with her forthright manner and her incredible cupcakes. This story is a quick read, and although it often errs on the side of over-sentimentality and predictability, any reader will be quick to find themselves cheering for Foster and her cupcakes. It's a story full of homespun humour and common sense philosophy that will firmly plant a smile on your face as you picture these characters that the author so ably spins to life.
It's always nice to read a story about a child who can overcome being labeled ("dumbest girl in Memphis") and succeed in learning the valuable lesson that we all have something important to offer the world. Lots of great lessons to be learned here both for kids who might face a learning disability of their own and also for all the kids who know someone that does. Recommended.
Their hurried escape led them to Culpepper, West Virginia, a small town with two claims to fame: a new state penitentiary that was supposed to bring new jobs to locals but did not, and an aging movie star who had gained as much notoriety for her husband's scandalous affair as for her own film achievements. These Culpepper features, together with a unique bunch of kind-hearted town folk, served as important ingredients in a sequence of events that taught Foster and her mom that they could afford to think big about their dream jobs in life.
Cleverly wrapped into this engaging story line are some important themes in economics related to public sector job creation, investments in human capital, and entrepreneurial talent. The latter shines through clearly when Foster sells her homemade cupcakes at the local diner and her reputation as an amazing baker quickly takes off. Making this substantive content so easy to digest is Joan Bauer's ability to touch a range of emotions in every chapter. This novel is definitely recommended reading.
The secret to cupcakes is mayo, and no one cares! Foster McFee makes every brownie, cake, or cupcake imaginable! Want apple cupcakes with caramel frosting? She's got it! She's my kind of girl!
It all started when she brought home a bad report card. Huck screamed and called her a loser. She told her mom, and her mom broke up wtih Huck. Now, Huck is looking for them, seeking revenge...and her mom's heart.
What I love most in the book is when her mom risked her life to get something important to Foster. Another favorite part of mine was when Foster baked for her life as she baked for an escaped convict.
I reccomend this book because it's better than Foster's chocolate malt cupcakes :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read this book three times! It's an easy read with a good message. Plus, it gives good baking tips.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
My daughter read this book and she said it gave her a better positive outlook on things. These are her exact words, "I loved this book because there was a very good lesson to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melanie K. Scheu
I thought this book was amazing! It didn't take very long for me to get sucked in, and it was DEFINITELY a fast read. Read morePublished 11 months ago
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this is one of the best books I 've ever read I read it two times I really recommend this book!Published 15 months ago by J. Runia
Very well-written story. I liked that it was honest and dealt with real issues. I'm thinking about making some cupcakes now!Published 15 months ago by Jen