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It's Raining Cupcakes

(Cupcakes #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,966 ratings  ·  383 reviews
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 ba ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Cosette The first book ends at that point, so you never would know unless there was a 4th book or maybe fifth.
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May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Vanessa K.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ben Langhinrichs
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
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,
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, fiction
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
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This book didn't strike me as anything particularly special. I felt like the ending ( the mom) specifically was a little too deus ex machina. Also I felt like there was something off with the MC Isabel.

Sometimes she behaved immaturely, which felt off considering she was so mature in other situations.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Cupcakes are beautiful and wonderful things. A story about cupcakes, well, that'll easily draw me in. But this isn't just a story about cupcakes - it's about individuality, fear of failure, and wanting more out of life.


Isabel is a dreamer. She dreams of traveling the world like her flight attendant aunt, that her mom will stop jumping from idea to idea (she's currently on a mission to own a cupcake shop), and that she'll win a baking competition all on her own. Her mother is a dreamer too,
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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-
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book spent months on my "currently reading" shelf because I was reading it during silent reading time with my 7th grade students...and one of them kept giving me "that look." (If you teach, you know the's the one that says, "I sure wish you would hurry up with that book because because I want it NOW.") So I gave the book to the kid, figuring I'd finish when she was done. Only the book didn't come back to me when she finished. She gave it to her friend, and that friend passed it on ...more
Kathy Coolman
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
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
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
Annalise Bowman
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who like children's book or realistic fiction
It’s Raining Cupcakes is about a girl named Isabel, and how her mom wants to set up a cupcake shop. The family has a bumpy road when they had to move to an apartment and Isabel’s mom is overwhelmed with nerves about opening the new shop. When Isabel is hanging out with a friend she see’s a baking contest flyer and she decides to enter when it says that finalist will be flown out to to New York, a place she is longing to go.

I thought this book was a really good book. I liked how you Lisa Schroe
Sofia N.
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like baking.
This book is about a girl named Isabel and her mom opens up a cute little cupcake shop. The author expresses how Isabel loves baking but wants to leave her hometown Willow, Oregon. Her parents don't want anything to do with traveling but that's the only thing Isabel thinks about. My favorite part was when Isabel and her friend, Sophie, find out there's a baking contest and they both enter in. The prize is 1,000 dollars and a trip to New York City. If Isabel wins she gets to go on her first trip. ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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!
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Yum I love cupcakes, they show you the recipes in the end!
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Joelle Jensen
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 25, 2009 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.
Katie Neves
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cute book! The twins loved it when I read it to them for bedtime stories! :)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and have read it several times. Isabelle's struggles seemed so real to me! I loved the fire escape scene and my mouth watered at her recipes. Great book!
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was so amazing it was fun and creative
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  • Katie and the Cupcake Cure (Cupcake Diaries, #1)
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  • The Cupcake Queen
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  • The Teashop Girls (Teashop Girls, #1)
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Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than twenty books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, and the latest novel for 8-12 year olds is SEE YOU ON A STARRY NIGHT, both with Scholastic. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.


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