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It's Raining Cupcakes Hardcover – March 9, 2010

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Book 1 of 3 in the Cupcakes Series

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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 (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

Twelve year old Isabel Browning loves to travel, although she has never been out of her town Willow, Oregon. But this summer everything might change. When Isabel hears about a baking contest and the finalists get to go to New York City she is dying to enter, but Isabel and her mom don’t exactly agree on the recipe she should enter. In this book Isabel learns that it is not about where you go it is about if you like where you are.

I think this book is good for girls aged 8-11 who are really into baking. It is kid-friendly, fun, and has lots of sweet treats. I do think this book should have a little more excitement. It is basically just telling you of a girl’s everyday life.
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I feel like Lisa Schroeder is talking to me- and it is entertaining. I think that all of those who are cupcake lovers have a feeling that this book opens your mind to possible experiences. The book is so entertaining and you would want to read on and on. The character, Isabel, goes through tough times with the shop and all and achieves the goal of the adorable shop being filled with hungry customers. Then she finds out that she's one of the finalist in the bake-off and she thinks she knows her future...
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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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This as a wonderful book for me to share with my ten year old granddaughter. We both read it and discussed it. What a wonderful way to share ti e with grandchildren. I look forward to our next read!
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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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