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Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
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Jul 30, 12

bookshelves: mock-newbery-2011, ya-2011, young-adult, tag-2012-13
Read in December, 2011

Three and a half stars! It all started with an Easy Bake Oven...Foster McFee loves to cook anything, but baking her is true love. Cooking has taught her valuable skills and lessons about life. She has learned a lot from watching Chef Sonny Krull on the Food Network channel. He is a former marine, a connection to her deceased father who died in Iraq. She has dreams of being a junior celebrity chef with her own cooking show one day soon. One thing is certain, Foster can bake up a storm and her cupcakes break down barriers and make people nicer.

Foster is another of Bauer's trademark characters; plucky and spunky despite setbacks and obstacles in her short life. Bauer deftly creates a quirky but close knit community that circles the wagons and rallies to take in the newcomers and make them feel welcome. Close to Famous doesn't break new ground. It takes a familiar theme and throws in a highly likeable protagonist and a bevy of other sweet eccentrics. I wanted to enjoy her cupcakes along with her! Wish there were recipes!
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