Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Winner Bakes All: The Cupcake Club

Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

In this third installment of The Cupcake Club series, the mother and daughter writing team of Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk focus on fifth grader, Sadie Harris. Sadie has a lot on her plate, and not just cupcakes!

Not only is Sadie failing math and trying to take the girls basketball team to the next level, she’s also worried that her parents are headed for divorce. On top of it all, she and her friends are vying for a spot on the hit show Battle of the Bakers. As a result of the struggling economy, their cupcake business has hit a snafu and orders are dwindling. PLC (Peace, Love, and Cupcakes) needs a boost, and winning TV’s ultimate cupcake competition is just the ticket.

In this fast-paced chapter book, we follow Sadie and her friends through the many highs and lows of being business owners. As if being an adolescent girl isn’t hard enough! As they support and learn from each other, they discover that it’s not all about winning. It’s about putting forth the effort and giving it your all.

This book is a sweet treat for middle school girls. As a mom, I would highly recommend it as a wholesome and heartwarming read. My first grader was drawn in by the cover art and title, and quite jealous that I was reading the book without her.

As the book closes, we are left feeling satisfied yet wanting more… and what better way to get more than to turn the page and find three delicious PLC cupcake recipes. But now I’m torn: Snowball Coconut, Golden Caramel, or Chocolate Chili? I may just have to bake them all.

Reviewed by Leslie. Review copy provided by Sourcebooks. 

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