Published by Simon Spotlight, 2011
Summary:Emma is invited to be a bridesmaid in her friend Mia’s mother’s wedding. The problem is, Emma isn’t sure she can afford to buy the dress. She doesn’t want to ask her parents, since they are having enough problems with her Mom losing her job. So Emma tries to manage earning the extra money on her own, by trying to fit babysitting her brother, dog-walking, and more business (extra baking) for the Cupcake Club into her already busy schedule of school and flute lessons. Can she handle the stress?
My Take:This book caught my attention because I love baking and eating cupcakes! It was an easy and fun book to read, with believable situations and characters. I think 8 to 12-year-old girls would really enjoy this. Emma’s problems were easy to relate to and the baking details made me hungry! From a writing perspective, I’d look at more books in this series if I wanted to write a contemporary series for girls or a model for how to craft a basic plot with increasing complications. It’s interesting to see how to handle conversations with a group of characters at once, since that can be challenging to write.
Other Info:In the Cupcake Diaries series, four girls in middle school have small business making cupcakes, and each of the different books is told from a different character’s perspective. Although “Coco Simon” is named as the author on the Simon and Schuster website, it’s not clear whether she is a real person.
Other books by this author include:Katie and the Cupcake War (August 2012)
Alexis, Cool as a Cupcake (June 2012)
Emma, All Stirred Up (April 2012)
Mia, Baker’s Dozen (February 2012)
Katie, Batter Up (December 2011)
Alexis and the Perfect Recipe (October 2011)
Emma on Thin Icing (August 2011)
Mia in the Mix (May 2011)
Katie and the Cupcake Cure (May 2011)
For more, go to The Cupcake Diaries website.