Confectionately Yours #1: Save the Cupcake!

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Confectionately Yours #1: Save the Cupcake!
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Release Date
May 01, 2012
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9780545222280
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This delicious new series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou is a real treat -- full of humor and heart and cupcakes!

Confession: My life is soooo not sprinkles and sunshine . . .

Hayley's world is far from perfect: her parents have divorced, her mom has lost her job, and she and her sister Chloe are stuck sharing a bedroom in their grandmother's apartment. Luckily, Hayley has a knack for baking cupcakes -- and cupcakes always make life just a little sweeter! But when she and her best friend Artie start drifting apart, she realizes that it's going to take more than sugar and spice to make things nice.

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Icing on the (Cup)Cake!

Hayley is having enough trouble adjusting to middle school without having to deal with her father's new girlfriend, her mother's unemployment, or the fact that she likes one of her friends who is a boy... kind of as more than a friend. Her family has moved into her grandmother's apartment above her struggling tea shop, so Hayley spends a lot of time helping out, creating new recipes for cupcakes and trying to get her grandmother to realize that she has to keep up with the times if she wants her business to be successful. Can Hayley manage to keep her life together and make it through the year without any major catastrophes?

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The cover. An easy sell right there. I can't order enough realistic fiction for girls to keep up with the demand, especially when there is a little bit of romance and some cupcake recipes thrown in.
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A sweet read!

You had me at "Save the Cupcake"! This is a fun new series that follows Hayley, a seventh grader, who has a lot to handle in her mixed up life which vaguely resembles the industrial size mixer she uses to bake her little cakes of love. Her parents are newly divorced, Mom is out of a job and her 8 year old sister is a few sprinkles shy of a funfetti cupcake.

At school things aren't going so well either. Her BFF Artie begins to distance herself while her other friend Marco, whose temper gets the best of him, begins to act strange and Hayley's cupcakes aren't working their usual magic. Life as Hayley knows it is falling apart and she doesn't know how to fix it. The frosting on the cupcake comes when a fellow student's mother tries to get the PTA to ban any and all cupcakes, leaving Hayley to wonder, WHAT PLANET IS THIS WOMAN FROM?! Together with an unexpected ally, Hayley will fight with all the fondant she can roll out to "Save the Cupcake!". She'll discover that life may not always happen the way we expect it too but that doesn't mean it's wrong, sometimes it's the angle we're seeing it from.

I'm also looking forward to what's next for Hayley in "Confectionately Yours #2: Taking the Cake!"

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Cute cover, and at the end of each chapter is a cupcake recipe for readers to try.
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