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Frosting and Friendship

Frosting and Friendship

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by Lisa Schroeder

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Has Lily bitten off more than she can bake? A sweet treat from the author of It’s Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets.

On a scale of zero to ten, twelve-year-old Lily Hubbard is a zero when it comes to baking. Her cookies turn out salty, her cakes tend to collapse, and things are always overcooked.

When Lily is invited to be a


Has Lily bitten off more than she can bake? A sweet treat from the author of It’s Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets.

On a scale of zero to ten, twelve-year-old Lily Hubbard is a zero when it comes to baking. Her cookies turn out salty, her cakes tend to collapse, and things are always overcooked.

When Lily is invited to be a part of a mother-daughter book club called The Baking Bookworms, she is excited—and terrified. It seems like she’s the only one who didn’t inherit the baking gene.

But she does have the music gene, which is why she’s forming a band that will audition for their school’s annual Spring Fling. If, that is, Lily can balance her priorities. Because Isabel, one of the Baking Bookworms, has asked Lily to help plan a surprise party for their mutual friend Sophie. Lily’s task? To make a show-stopping, mouth-watering dessert. Uh. Oh.

Can Lily rise to the occasion? Or will her efforts crumble faster than a stale birthday cake?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Whoever coined the saying "as easy as pie" had apparently never met Lily Hubbard. Gourmet desserts, band rehearsals, Spring Fling auditions, homework, and much more keep the 12-year-old busy. Juggling all of these commitments turns disastrous when Lily agrees to host a surprise birthday party for a close friend, Sophie, who attends a different school. To impress Sophie's new friends, and despite her past kitchen disasters, Lily agrees to bake a decadent dessert for the celebration. She soon finds herself covered in flour and ditching her band to practice her baking skills. In the end, she must come clean about who she is, deciding if baking or singing is more important. Schroeder's realistic dialogue and depiction of daily dramas show her strong grasp of middle-school life. The combination of baking and bands will initially attract many girls, but it's the short chapters and simple diction that keep the plot cooking. Readers will be drawn to the well-delineated, quirky Lily. They'll empathize with her, ponder her dilemmas, and cheer her on to make the right decisions. The sugary sweet message that you must be yourself to create authentic friendships is not grasped by Lily until the final chapter, allowing readers to discover this message independently.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this companion title to It’s Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets, Lily is thrilled when she is invited to join Sophie’s new mother-daughter book group, but terrified when the group names themselves the “Baking Bookworms.” How can Lily be a Baking Bookworm when she is a total disaster at baking? She does her best to hide her baking ineptitude, giving herself baking pep talks, watching Chef Smiley’s show Secrets of a Pastry Chef, and obsessing about the luscious dessert she has somehow promised to make for Sophie’s surprise birthday party. Consumed with trying to pretend to be what she is not, she neglects to focus on what she most wants to be: the lead singer in her band, the Dots, who are trying to beat out a rival band, the New Pirates, for a chance to perform at their middle school’s Spring Fling. Lily’s stress over her conflicting commitments is downright painful to read about: “I should call Isabel. I should practice the audition song. I should write a cupcake song. I should start reading the book for the next book club meeting. I should do a lot of things.” But Shroeder has a knack for making everything come right in a believable, age-appropriate way. It is a refreshing treat to come across a book where kids are dealing with manageable problems (however overwhelming they feel to the kids who face them), problems that can be solved in the end by honesty and kindness. And if recipes are included, so much the better!Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D. AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
An impetuous decision to improve her meager baking skills leads to culinary mishaps and friendship woes for middle school musician Lily. Having recently formed a band with two friends, Lily is ready for her role as lead singer. An upcoming audition for a chance to perform at her school increases Lily's determination to make their fledgling band a success. However, a request to co-host a surprise birthday party for a mutual friend poses a distraction. In this engaging addition to the series (Sprinkles and Secrets, 2011), Schroeder addresses friendship dilemmas familiar to preteen readers as Lily struggles to reconcile her yearning to fit in with the need to be herself. For Lily, agreeing to help Isabel with Sophie's 13th birthday party represents an opportunity to demonstrate her BFF potential to Sophie. But in her eagerness to belong, Lily feigns an interest and aptitude in baking she does not possess. When the party preparations--including her comically calamitous baking endeavors--interfere with her band, Lily must decide what is more important: pretending to be just like someone else or proudly pursuing her dreams. Ultimately, Lily's choice to celebrate her unique abilities and interests affirms readers' rights to do the same. (Fiction. 9-13)

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Frosting and Friendship

  • On a scale of one to ten, I am a zero when it comes to baking. I’ve tried, but it seems like every single time, something goes wrong. Here are just a few examples of some of my kitchen disasters.

    In fifth grade, I misread the recipe and added a tablespoon of salt to a batch of sugar-cookie dough instead of a teaspoon. I’d planned on giving a plate of pretty, decorated cookies to my teacher for a holiday gift. It was a good thing we sampled them first. I gave her a coffee mug instead.

    In sixth grade, my school had a bake sale to raise money for new computers in the library. I tried to make a decadent layered chocolate cake, but when I put the layers together, the cake was so uneven, it looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

    And then there was the time I helped Mom make a lemon cake for a meeting at our house. It looked really dark on top, but we figured some powdered sugar would fix that problem. We later discovered the bottom of the cake was even darker than the top. As in, black. The next time Mom had a meeting, we bought cupcakes.

    My mom says she doesn’t have the baking gene either, so I shouldn’t feel bad. But I do. It seems like every girl I know loves to bake and is an expert at whipping up delicious treats.

    My sad skills in the kitchen are the reason I’m secretly freaking out about the discussion going on right now in Sophie’s living room. There are five girls and their moms here for the first meeting of the mother/daughter book club that Sophie decided to start. I was so flattered when she asked if my mom and I would like to be a part of it. Sophie and I have been good friends for a few years, ever since we met in theater camp, but we don’t go to the same middle school, so it would have been easy for her to leave me out.

    Sophie has been explaining to us how the club will work. We’ll meet the first Sunday of every month and take turns hosting the club. In addition to the meeting place, the hostesses will provide a list of discussion questions and delicious snacks.

    Wait. That’s not exactly right. I believe Sophie’s exact words were “amazing, delicious, out-of-this-world homemade snacks.”

    I raise my hand.

    “Lily?” Sophie says.

    “So, we can’t buy snacks?” I ask. “Like at a bakery or grocery store?”

    Sophie’s best friend, Isabel, replies. “Sophie and I have talked about the snacks a lot. I know we’re all busy, but we’ll be taking turns, so each of us will only have to bake for the club two or three times a year. We really think homemade treats will make the meetings extra special. We can even exchange recipes, if everyone’s interested.”

    I glance sideways at my mother to see if she’s freaking out as much as I am, but my mother is the Queen of Calm. If she’s bothered by their homemade requirement, her face doesn’t show it.

    I take a deep breath and try to copy my mom. She’s keeping her eyes focused on the speaker. Her lips are upturned in a slight smile. And her hands are folded in her lap.

    Then I give myself a pep talk. My dad taught me this trick because he says there are times in life you need one and the only person available is yourself. I believe this is one of those times.

    Lily, stop freaking out about the snacks! Geez, it’s not like someone’s in the hospital or something. So many people have bigger things to worry about. Get over it. You’ll make something and it will be fine. It might taste horrible. Or be black around the edges. Or require a steak knife to cut into it. But it’ll be fine.

    Sophie continues. “I told my mom that next to seeing friends once a month and reading good books, sharing yummy snacks was at the top of the list as to why I wanted to start a mother/daughter book club. The book club gives us girls a reason to play around in the kitchen and try new recipes. It’ll be fun, right?”

    I watch as the three other girls nod their heads in agreement with Sophie. I remain calm, all the while thinking how awesome it would be to have a book club with pizza delivered at every meeting.

    Sophie looks at a piece of paper in front of her before she says, “Okay, I think I’ve covered everything. After we discuss A Wrinkle in Time this afternoon, we’ll choose books for the rest of the year while we eat our snack.”

    One of the girls I just met today, Dharsanaa, points to the pie on the coffee table. “What kind of pie did you make? It looks really good.”

    “It’s apple-blackberry, and I hope it’s good,” Sophie replies. “It’s the first time I’ve ever made a pie. Mom helped me with the crust.”

    “And Jack gave you a few pie-baking tips, right?” Isabel asks. Sophie nods while Isabel explains. “Jack is a friend of mine who lives in Seattle. His mom owns Penny’s Pie Place, so he knows a lot about pies.”

    “Yeah,” Sophie says. “He told me to wrap the edge of the pie crust up with aluminum foil the last twenty minutes, to keep it from getting too dark.”

    Isabel rubs her hands together. “I can’t wait to try it, Soph. It looks like something out of a magazine.”

    “But first we have to eat the jam sandwiches,” Katie says. “Like Meg and Charles did in the book, the night of the storm.”

    “We’re going to have hot cocoa too,” Sophie says.

    “Are we ready to start the discussion?” Dharsanaa asks.

    “What about a name for our club?” Isabel asks. “Remember, Sophie? We were going to see if anyone had any suggestions.”

    The fifth girl, Katie, raises her hand. “I have an idea. How about the Baking Bookworms?”

    Sophie and Isabel squeal at the exact same time. “I love it!” Sophie says. “It’s perfect! Is that okay with everyone?”

    I look at my mom again. She looks at me. The Queens of Calm have vanished from the room. We are the Princesses of Panic, because now there’s no denying that this club is going to be as much about baking as it is about reading. But everyone is talking and agreeing that it’s the best name ever, so neither of us says a word. I try to think of something else, a different name they’d love just as much, but my mind is completely blank.

    Sophie’s dog, Daisy, barks, asking to be let in from the backyard. Sophie’s mom is in the kitchen getting the hot cocoa ready. “Is it okay if I let her in?” I ask.

    “Oh, sure. Thanks, Lily.”

    I go to the back door and open it, and Daisy is so happy to see me. It’s started to rain outside. That’s probably why she wanted inside. She follows me back to the living room, where I rejoin everyone. Daisy sits near the coffee table and licks her chops as she eyes the pie.

    “Oh, no you don’t,” Sophie says. She picks up the pie and walks toward the kitchen.

    “Let’s go around the room and assign a month for hosting,” Isabel says. “I’ll take April. Lily, you get May, Dharsanaa hosts in June, and in July, it’ll be Katie. Is that okay with everyone?”

    We all nod our heads. I tell myself two months is plenty of time to find a delicious recipe and practice making it a hundred times. Oh my gosh. Does that mean I have to eat it a hundred times? Maybe my sister will help me. She’s athletic and always hungry.

    Or maybe we can read a historical book when it’s my turn to host. Something from back in the days when sugar was expensive and most people couldn’t afford to bake anything really fancy. My great-grandma told me that when she was a little girl she’d get an orange and a few nuts in her stocking at Christmastime and she’d be thrilled. I need a book like that. Then I could serve oranges and nuts and call it good.

    Except Sophie wasn’t satisfied with just serving hot cocoa and jam sandwiches. She had to go above and beyond what was in the book and bake a beautiful, complicated pie.

    I am so doomed.

  • Meet the Author

    Lisa Schroeder is the author of the teen verse novels The Day Before; I Heart You, You Haunt Me and its companion novel, Chasing Brooklyn; Far from You; and the teen prose novel Falling for You. She is also the author of the middle grade prose novels It’s Raining Cupcakes, Sprinkles and Secrets, and Frosting and Friendship. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon. Find out more about Lisa and her books at LisaSchroederBooks.com or on Twitter at @Lisa_Schroeder.

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    Frosting and Friendship 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
    Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
    My mom bought me this and told me to give it a review. I love this Lisa Schroeder's series! I love it so much that my mom buys these in hardback as soon as they come out. I want to have a cupcake store when I grow up!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is super sweet it is also related to its raining cupcakes and sprinkles and secrets if you did not know that. I would also like to wish all of you people a merry christmas :) but anyway they are perfect for people who love dessert. They all have characters that are related to each of the books hope you enjoy this book :) thanks for reading this
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Best book ever
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a good book and not only is it a good book it is a good lesson too. This book teaches kids to help because its good but it becomes bad when you help too much and something gives. I seriously suggest this book to you. Also it is a part of the series its raining cupcakes and sprinkles and seccrets...just so you know.
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    Im just started reading her series im starting to like it
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