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The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 710L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dutton Children's
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2009
NO. PAGES: 256
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
ISBN: 0142416681
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
The Cupcake Queen—Book Review

Hog's Hollow is a far cry from Manhattan! Penny starts living an entirely new life when her parents separate and her mom relocates the two of them and opens a cupcake bakery. Penny must make new friends at a new high school, try to fit in where she is clearly unwanted, attempt to figure out what the deal is with her parents, and frost millions of cupcakes! Small town life is definitely not dull, and when a certain boy catches her eye, things get even more interesting.
The Scoop
The Cupcake Queen—Book Review
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This wholesome story about leaving the big city to start over in the country is a worthwhile and fun read. The Cupcake Queen deals with many relevant topics, including divorce, grief, communication, friendship, and bullying. Small town mean girls are particularly vicious to newcomer Penny, publicly humiliating her and making her life miserable at school. A revenge plot is hatched and carried out, but the main message is that it is best to ignore the meanness or to make fun of it in order to defuse it. Language is very mild and mostly consists of lots of slang names for manure (cr-p, p-op, dung, feces). Penny is a tough and resilient character who provides a good role model for getting through difficult situations. A valuable message is conveyed with regard to the importance of communication between family members. Art in many different forms is used as a vehicle for healing and working through issues, and many characters are artistically talented. This will be an appealing read for older tween and younger teen girls.
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