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It's Raining Cupcakes (Cupcakes #1)

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Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of her small town of Willow, Oregon, and travel like her best friend, Sophie. But when Isabel's mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer, until she learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the final b...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2010)
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i loved this book i thought everything was good and it even showed some recipes in the back of the book.i finished the book in less than a day too!!!:)
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This was a quick and (for lack of a better descriptor) 'girly' read, one that would surely be termed a 'chick lit' book if it had been written for an older audience. Twelve-year-old Isabel has major wanderlust, though she has never left her small town in Oregon. When her emotional mother decides to open up a cupcake shop, Isabel feels more tied down than ever. In between helping her mother and father set up shop and hanging with her best friend Sophie, Isabel learns of a baking contest--with a t...more
Vanessa K.
This book was the most fabolous book I ever read! I never got bored of this book! This bookd was so much fun to read about, the only thing that i didn't like was Isabel's mom. Her mother was not that mature enough, it was mostly Isabel acting more of an adult than her mom. But later on to the end of the story her mom is way more mature enough. This story is just like any other teenaged girl's life. Isabel is like an ordinary girl and have dreams she wishes she could go to. I really enjoyed readi...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of getting out of Oregon, but with her mom opening a cupcake shop in their small town, Isabel knows she's not going anywhere.

Things start looking up when Isabel learns about a baking contest with a trip to New York City as the prize. If she can come up with a winning recipe, her dreams of travel might come true. Unfortunately, her best friend, Sophie, decides to enter the contest, too. This doesn't bode well for Isabel,...more
I think what I really liked about this was not the opening of the cupcake shop, but the fact that Isabel's mom suffers from .... something. It's never defined, but the reader knows that her mom is not well (bi-polar? depresion?) and that the mom's mood set the tone for everyone else. I actually liked that Isabel admitted that she wanted to get away from her mom sometimes. The mom was human - not all bad, not all good, just human.

On the other hand, I would have LOVED all the cupcake recipes - and...more
Kathy Coolman
It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder is a fun and thoughtful mother-daughter story about growing up, accepting responsibility and finding a way to make your dreams come true. Isabel's family is about to open a cupcake shop in their small town of Willow, Oregon and Isabel feels a bit trapped into spending her summer helping her parents get the business started. Her mother is easily discouraged amd threatens to give up her dream altogether when she learns that a popular brownie shop if also com...more
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12-year-old Isabel wants to travel. Yes, she wants to go to Paris and Australia, but anywhere outside of Willow, Oregon would be great! She journals about her dream daily and envies her best friend who goes away to summer camp and on vacations to the Grand Canyon. Now she has a chance – if she can come up with a winning recipe for a baking contest, she’ll get to go to New York. Meanwhile, Isabel helps her Mom and Dad as they prepare to open a new business – a cupcake shop!

This is a good middle-...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Mar 24, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I really wanted to read this book because my Mother in-law owns a cupcake shop and because it sounded just plain cute! What I didn't expect was the great substance this book had!
Isabel is 12 and all she really wants is to travel. She has never left Oregon in her whole life and she thinks the time to get out is definitely now since her mom is opening up a cupcake shop. Instead of traveling over the summer Isabel will be making cupcakes and learning some very important lessons.

This book was as swe...more
Ben Langhinrichs
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Isabel is twelve and lives in the small town of Willow, Oregon. In fact, she's never been anywhere but Oregon, though she longs to travel the world like her Aunt Christy, who is a flight attendant and sends Isabel postcards from all over. Meanwhile, her parents are more interested in turning an old laundromat into a cupcake store, which sounds pretty cool, but not as good as traveling.

When Isabel hears about a baking contest for kids wh...more
Cooking shows and the current popularity of cupcakes will give this book a little extra "leg-up" with readers, and the cover will attract them immediately. But it's a pretty good little story, too. 12-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of Oregon. She has never left the state, and she feels that travel is in her blood. Her Aunt Christy is a flight attendant and sends her fascinating postcards. Her best friend Sophie gets to travel, too. The girls enter a bake-off contest, and the finals are held...more
Woo hoo! Lisa has done it again! This book was very cute, with fantastic characterization, and an unbelievable story line. And it wasn't fluff. This was about a very realistic girl that has to deal with family issues. No one dies or anything too drastic like that, but it's just normal family issues. I think every 12 year old girl can relate in so many ways to Isabel and the situations she's put in. I really felt a connection to Isabel and her life even though I'm 29 years old and was never in an...more
Brandy Painter
My first grade daughter, an advanced reader, saw this book during our weekly library trip and wanted to check it out. As it has a 12 year old protagonist I told her I had to read it first. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is a simple tale about a girl who dreams of leaving behind her small town and seeing the world. The relationships in her family are complex and portrayed realistically without weighing down the story. I found Isabel's voice to be genuine. She reads like a 12 year old. I like that t...more
Well, when your 12-year old granddaughter says she has a book you should read, what do you do?? Of course, you read it! It was a very sweet story of a young girl who is helping her mother open a cupcake shop in their small Oregon town. The mother is a bit of a trip (wishy-washy and afraid of everything) and young Isabel tries to get her motivated. Enters the very cool grandma (I liked this part) who, along with dad, brings the story to a happy conclusion. If you have a pre-teen in your life, giv...more
It’s Raining Cupcakes
By: Lisa Schroeder
Report by: Gracie Schlutz

Main idea:

The book is about a girl who mom opens up a cupcake shop below their apartment that is trying to compete with the other shop in town but when her entry in the bake off turns out good her life might be a whole lot happier. Isabelle has always wanted to leave her town of willow, and winning the bake-off guarantees that!


Pre-teen Isabelle has always had the urge to get out of the little town of willow, she has alwa...more
In a time where vampires and wizards are the topic of so many preteen books, it was refreshing when my 4th grade daughter came home from the school book fair with a sweet, cute, age appropriate book. I read it within hours, just because I'm a nosey mother that way, and appreciated the solid storyline without being too corny. It's no classic, but a book that I know my daughter will enjoy reading, which is what I care about most in her book selections.
Sheela Chari

Delightful read. This is a great book to give to a young middle grade girl. The story is about a 12 year old girl, Isabel, who is helping her mother to open up a cupcake shop in a tiny town in Oregon. The language is simple and easy to read while the book manages to carry more complex themes about responsibility, trying new things, and being hopeful in the face of uncertainty. Plus it has cupcake recipes at the back!
I find this book to be really sweet realistic fiction. It's about a girl who has many dreams, ( a lot of background there) but is tied down by her emotional mother. I think that Isabel should be happy that her Mom had opened the cupcake shop. I think that is a really cute idea. But obviously, IsBel thinks otherwise. A really girly book, but sweet with sugar, I would recommend this book.
Heather Helene
This is such a great feel good wonderful story. I just love Isabel! I think this book is great for any youngster who is feeling down and out. "It's Raining Cupcakes" has a really great message.

I loved this book!
Corina J
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Jul 25, 2009 Lisa added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a middle grade novel about a girl, Isabel, who dreams of traveling the world but is stuck in Willow, Oregon helping her mother get a cupcake shop off the ground.
This book is outstanding and amazing quite because the fact is it is so inspirational and heart warming and I loved this book. This is one of my all time favorites.
Joelle Jensen
Apr 07, 2011 Joelle Jensen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Eliza Blair
I absolutely love this book because it is about cooking. I like it also because there is a girl my age making the cupcakes with her mom.
Cute book! The twins loved it when I read it to them for bedtime stories! :)
Yum I love cupcakes, they show you the recipes in the end!
It was so amazing it was fun and creative
It's summer vacation, and Isabel Browning has just moved with her parents into an apartment above a laundromat. Except that the laundromat is no longer such — it's going to be a cupcake shop owned by Isabel's mom. Izzy and her mother have always enjoyed baking together, and now they're turning that joy into a business called It's Raining Cupcakes.

Despite the excitement of opening up a new shop, Izzy is not too happy with her life. She's never traveled outside of her small town of Willow, Oregon....more
I'm seriously thinking about identifying a sub-genre of juvenile fiction in which middle-grade girls deal with life changes & family issues while simultaneously helping to either open a new or keep open a struggling family business involving sweets. This one would go in easily, having a striking similarity in some ways to both Rose Kent's "Rocky Road" & Laura Schaefer's "The Teashop Girls". Protagonist Isabel is dealing with some serious ambivalence towards her apparently depressive moth...more
I'm really glad that this book was so short becuase I had a hard time with Isabel's mother. She definitely had some problems.
The family moves, and rearranges their lives and finances to open up a Cupcake shop in Oregon. The book takes place shortly before the opening of the store.
Isabel seems a mature twelve year old. In many ways she acted, thought and reacted to things as an older person. Her mother, on the other hand acted twelve years old.
There was one part where Isabel goes over to her f...more
This was a really cute and sweet book that is perfect for the tween set. I really liked the main character Isabel. Many times in middle grade lit I'm distracted from the story but an overly unrealistic main character. I know kids that age, and sometimes the character doesn't ring true. This didn't happen with Isabel! She was nice, determined and smart. She never came across as judgmental or mean towards everyone around her - even when she could've easily been. I liked how friendly and accepting...more
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Hi! I'm the author of the upcoming young adult novel THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU (coming July, 2014 with Scholastic).

My other YA novels include I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME; CHASING BROOKLYN; FAR FROM YOU; THE DAY BEFORE, and FALLING FOR YOU all published by Simon Pulse. If you've read one or more of them, thank you!

I'm also the author of three middle grade novels for 8-12 year olds: IT'S RAINING CUPCA...more
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“I journeyed to a place where it's always raining cupcakes. I didn't need a passport, but I met a lot of interesting people and experienced new things. Even though the trip was a little bumpy, I got there just fine.” 4 likes
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