Monday, October 29, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Recipe for Trouble: The Cupcake Club and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! So glad to have a book to share with you today.  And today is special as I was asked to be a part of the Cupcake and Crushes blog tour for the second book in The Cupcake Club series by Sheryl Berk and her 9-year-old daughter Carrie Berk. And now for the fun part! Sourcebooks Jabberwocky has offered to give away a copy of Recipe for Trouble: The Cupcake Club to one of my readers.  So, let's get started!

RECIPE FOR TROUBLE: THE CUPCAKE CLUB


By: Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky October 2012

From the Publisher:

The Peace, Love, and Cupcake Girls are ready for a new school year, but are they ready for the, well, drama? When Lexi lands the role of Juliet in the upcoming performance of Romeo and Juliet, she couldn’t be more excited, but when she finds out the leading man opposite her is her secret crush, Jeremy, the PLC gang sets its sights on match-making.

Things go quickly awry, though, when Jeremy throws away the “Bake Me I’m Yours” cupcake Lexi anonymously gives him. That’s not all! It seems that Jeremy has a few odd habits. For one, it turns out he doesn’t eat any desert during lunch period. Then they notice that he keeps a stash of nuts with him at all times. Not to mention his over-frequent visits to the nurse’s office. What could be up with Jeremy?

A little hunch that Jeremy might be diabetic inspires the PLC gang’s hardest cupcake challenge yet: a spaghetti and meatball cupcake. It’s the only way for Lexi to win Jeremy’s stomach (and his heart!) but can they make the perfect diabetes-friendly, hunger-satisfying spaghetti cupcake successfully?

This is the second book in the series and even though I haven't read the first book, I was able to follow the characters just fine. This book is perfect for girls who enjoy reading contemporary fiction.  And girls that love to bake will LOVE it!  The Cupcake Girls really know their cupcakes. Another group that might enjoy reading this series are older reluctant reader girls. Even though Lexie and her friends are in the fifth grade (4th grade in the first book), they act much older, enough so that older girls wouldn't feel the story was talking down to them.

The book also features a few cupcake recipes in the back, as well as Carrie's tips for saying "I Love You" with cupcakes. 

For more with Carrie, check out this link to watch her bake Smurf cupcakes, and here's a link with an interview of Carrie sharing about the first book in the series.

And now for the giveaway! If you would like to be entered to receive a copy of Recipe for Trouble: The Cupcake Club just leave a comment on this post.  Follow my blog via email or blogger and I will give you a bonus entry! Contest will be open until Friday, November 2nd at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by today! For my favorite MMGM links, please check out the list to the left on my blog. Have a great week!

I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for my review. This post is my own opinion.