Monday, February 07, 2011

2011 book 41

Joan Bauer's Close to Famous
Super, super sweet middle grade book about a girl who loves to bake, especially cupcakes, inspired by her favorite tv chef. (I'm sure you can see why this appealed to me.) After her mother's boyfriend turns abusive, they go on the run and end up in a small town in West Virginia, where the motley assortment of locals--including a boy who wants to make documentaries and a formerly famous actress--more-or-less welcome them with open arms, with the help of some yummy baked goods. I teared up more than once, but this manages to stay heartwarming while not veering into total cheese territory. Plus the cupcake descriptions were aces.

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