Katie and the Cupcake War (Cupcake Diaries Series #9) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Katie finds the courage to face off with a former friend in this addition to Spotlight’s sweet treat of a tween series.

Katie and Callie used to be best friends—until Callie ditched Katie so she could join the Popular Girls Club. And even though Katie is now very happy with her Cupcake Club friends, Callie’s mean move still bothers her. Finally, Katie finds a way to confront Callie…but it’s going to take...
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Katie and the Cupcake War (Cupcake Diaries Series #9)

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Overview

Katie finds the courage to face off with a former friend in this addition to Spotlight’s sweet treat of a tween series.

Katie and Callie used to be best friends—until Callie ditched Katie so she could join the Popular Girls Club. And even though Katie is now very happy with her Cupcake Club friends, Callie’s mean move still bothers her. Finally, Katie finds a way to confront Callie…but it’s going to take lots of sweet-talking to repair the friendship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442453746
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Cupcake Diaries Series , #9
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 57,972
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Coco Simon always dreamed of opening a cupcake bakery, but she was afraid she would eat all the profits. When she’s not daydreaming about cupcakes, Coco edits children’s books and has written close to 100 books for children, tweens, and young adults, which is a lot less than the number of cupcakes she’s eaten. Cupcake Diaries is the first time Coco has mixed her love of cupcakes with writing.
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CHAPTER 1

You Are Not Going to Believe This!

Mia! Is it really you? I haven’t seen you in a gazillion years!” I cried, hugging my friend.

Mia laughed. “Katie, I was only gone for, like, four days,” she said.

“That is four days, ninety-six hours, or five thousand, seven hundred, and sixty minutes,” I said. Then I dramatically put my hand over my heart. “I know, because I counted them all.”

“I missed you too,” Mia said. “But you couldn’t have missed me too much. You were trying out new recipes with the techniques you learned at cooking camp, weren’t you?”

“Yes,” I told her, “but it felt like you were gone forever. I almost didn’t recognize you!”

Actually, I was kidding. Mia looked pretty much the same, with her straight black hair and dark eyes. She might have gotten a little bit tanner from her long weekend at the beach. She was wearing white shorts and a white tank top with a picture of a pink cupcake on it.

“Hey, I just noticed your shirt!” I said. “That’s so cool!”

Mia smiled. “I made it at camp. One of the counselors there was totally into fashion, and she showed me how do this computer thing where you can turn your drawing into a T-shirt design.”

I was definitely impressed. “You drew that? It’s awesome.”

“Thanks,” Mia said. “I was thinking maybe I could make T-shirts for the Cupcake Club, for when we go on jobs. You know, so we could all dress alike.”

Now it was my turn to laugh. We all like to bake cupcakes, but when it comes to fashion, the members of the Cupcake Club don’t have much in common. “Well, I know we all wore matching sweatshirts when we won our first baking contest,” I said. “But that was a special occasion. I don’t know if you could create one T-shirt we would all be happy wearing on a semiregular basis.”

Then the doorbell rang. It was Emma and Alexis, and what they were wearing proved my point. Emma is a real “girlie girl,” although I don’t mean that in a bad way, it just describes Emma really well. Pink is her favorite color, and I don’t blame her, because pink looks really nice on you when you have blond hair and blue eyes like Emma does. She wore a pink sundress with tiny white flowers on it and pink flip-flops to match her dress.

Alexis had her curly red hair pulled back in a scrunchie, and she wore a light blue tennis shirt and jean shorts with white sneakers. And I might as well tell you what I was wearing: a yellow T-shirt from my cooking camp signed by all the kids who went there, ripped jeans with iron-on patches, and bare feet, because I was in my house, after all. Oh, and I painted each of my toenails a different color when I was bored.

“Mia! I missed you!” Emma cried, giving Mia a hug.

“So how was your first vacation with your mom, Eddie, and Dan?” Alexis asked. Eddie and Dan are Mia’s stepdad and stepbrother, respectively.

“Pretty good,” Mia replied. “The beach house was nice, and we got to play a lot of volleyball. And the boardwalk food was delicious.”

“That reminds me,” I said. “Follow me to the kitchen, guys.”

My cooking camp experience had inspired me to surprise my friends for our Cupcake Club meeting. I had covered the kitchen table with my favorite tablecloth, a yellow one with orange and red flowers with green leaves. (Mom says she needs to wear sunglasses to eat when we use it, but I love the bright colors. Plus, they reminded me of the colors of Mexico, and it matched all the food I had made.)

Laid out on the table was a bowl of bright green guacamole, a platter of enchiladas with red sauce on top, homemade tortilla chips, a pitcher of fresh lemonade, and a plate of tiny cupcakes, each one topped with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.

My friends gasped, and I felt really proud.

“Katie, this looks amazingly fantastic!” Mia said. “Did you make all this yourself?”

I nodded. “We had Mexican day in cooking camp, and I learned how to do all this stuff,” I said. I pointed to the mini cupcakes. “Those are tres leches cupcakes.”

“Three milks,” Mia translated. “Those are sweet and delicious. My abuela makes a tres leches cake when somebody has a birthday.”

I nodded. “Emma, I thought they might be good for the bridal shop.”

One of the Cupcake Club’s biggest clients is the The Special Day bridal shop. We make mini cupcakes that they give to their customers, and the only requirement is that the frosting has to be white. Emma usually helps delivers them. She has even modeled the bridesmaids dresses at the bridal shop too. (I told you she was a girlie girl.)

“They look perfect!” Emma agreed. “So pretty. And I bet they taste as good as they look.”

“Then let’s start eating so you can find out,” I suggested. “I think the enchiladas are getting cold.”

Then my mom walked into the kitchen. She has brown hair, like me, but hers is curly, and today it was all messy. She looked tired, but I thought maybe it was because she had patients all morning. She’s a dentist and has to work a lot.

“Oh, girls, you’re here!” she said. “Alexis, how was your trip to the shore?”

“Actually, Mia’s the one who went to beach,” Alexis answered politely. “But thanks for asking.”

Mom blushed. “Sorry, girls. I’m exhausted. My head feels like it’s full of spaghetti today.”

“That’s okay, Mrs. Brown,” Mia said. “I had a good time.”

Then the phone rang. “That’s probably your grandmother,” Mom said to me. “Come find me if you need anything, okay?”

“Shmpf,” I replied. Actually, I was saying “sure,” but my mouth was full of guacamole.

Alexis took a chip and dipped it in the guacamole.

“Wow, that’s really good,” she remarked when she was done chewing. (Unlike me, Alexis doesn’t ever talk with her mouth full.)

“Thanks,” I said. “Guacamole is my new favorite food. I could eat it all day. Guacamole on pancakes, guacamole pizza for dinner . . .”

“Guacamole-and-jelly sandwiches for lunch,” Mia said, giggling.

“Gross!” Emma squealed.

“I think I’ll stick to guacamole and chips,” Alexis said matter-of-factly. Then she wiped her hands on a napkin and opened up her notebook. Alexis loves to get down to business at a Cupcake Club meeting.

“Okay. So, I was looking at our client list,” she began. “The only thing on our schedule this fall is our usual gig at The Special Day. We need to drum up some new business. I was thinking that we could send out a postcard to everyone who’s ever ordered cupcakes from us. You know, something like ‘Summer’s Over, and Cupcake Season Has Started.’”

“I like it,” I said. Emma and Mia nodded in agreement.

“That reminds me,” Mia said, pointing to her shirt. “I designed this. I could make a T-shirt for each of us. I thought we could wear them when we go on jobs.”

“Oh, it’s so cute!” Emma said. “Could my shirt be pink?”

Mia smiled. “I guess so. We could each have a different color shirt if we want. Unless you want it to be more like a uniform.”

“Or we could expand our business and sell the T-shirts, too,” Alexis said, sounding excited. “I bet we could find a site online where we could get the shirts made cheaply, and sell them for a profit.”

Mia frowned a little bit. “I don’t know, Alexis. I was thinking these should just be for us, you know? Special.”

“But you want to be a fashion designer, don’t you?” Alexis asked. “This could be the start of your business. Mia’s Cupcake Clothing!”

Mia looked thoughtful, and I couldn’t tell if she liked the idea or not. I decided to change the subject. If Mia decided she was interested, she’d bring up the idea again. Sometimes Alexis can get a little pushy when she wants the club to do something. Which is mostly good, because otherwise we’d never get anything done.

“Wow, I can’t believe school is starting so soon.” Then I said with a nod to Emma and Alexis, “Though what I really still can’t believe is Sydney’s singing routine at your day camp’s talent show. It’s in my nightmares.”

When I first started middle school last year, Sydney Whitman made my life miserable. So I didn’t feel bad about making fun of her—well, not too bad, anyway. My grandma Carole says that two wrongs don’t make a right, and she’s got a point. But Sydney really made my life miserable.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I forgot to tell you!” Emma said. “I have big news. Huge! You guys are not going to believe this!”

“Tell us what?” I asked.

“It’s about Sydney,” Emma said. “Sydney’s mom returned a bunch of library books and told my mom that they were moving—to California!”

“No WAY!” I cried, jumping out of my chair. “Are you serious?”

Emma nodded. “I’m pretty sure they moved already. Sydney’s dad got transferred to some company in San Diego or something. Sydney’s mom said they had to move immediately for Sydney to start school there on time.”

I started jumping up and down and waving my hands in the air.

“Look out, everyone. Katie’s doing her happy dance,” Mia said.

“This is awesome! Amazing! Stupendous! Wonderful! Did I say awesome?” I cried. “No more Sydney! No more Popular Girls Club to ruin our lives!”

“Well, actually, I’m sure the PGC will continue,” Alexis replied. “They’ve still got Maggie and Bella and Callie. I bet Callie will become their new leader.”

I felt like a balloon that somebody just popped. One of the reasons Sydney made my life miserable last year was because she took my best friend, Callie, away from me. Yes, I know that nobody forced Callie to dump me and become a member of the PGC. But it was always easier to blame Sydney than to get mad at Callie. Callie and I have been friends since we were babies.

Oh, and the Popular Girls Club is just what it sounds like. It’s a club Sydney started where they invite popular girls to join. They do everything together. I started to get so mad just thinking about it, then I realized Mia was talking to me.

“So Callie didn’t mention any of this to you?” Mia asked.

“No!” I said, feeling a little exasperated. “I mean, I barely talk to her anymore.”

I know I shouldn’t get so freaked out about Callie. If she hadn’t dumped me, I probably never would have become friends with Mia, Emma, and Alexis. There would be no Cupcake Club. But something happened to Callie when she got into middle school. Sometimes she could be not so nice. So it was probably for the best that we weren’t friends. We saw each other when our families got together—our moms are best friends, and, yes, that gets really weird—but that was about it.

Anyway, I must admit, there was a little part of me that hoped, now that Sydney was gone, that Callie would be friends with me again. I imagined her showing up at the front door.

Oh, Katie, I have treated you so badly, she would say. Can I please join your Cupcake Club?

Of course, I would say, trying to be the better person. I forgive you, Callie.

Then again, that would make things pretty confusing, because Mia was my best friend now, and I’m not sure how this would all work. Now my head felt like it was full of spaghetti. (Although I would never say that out loud, because that is such a weird mom thing to say.)

“Earth to Katie,” Mia said. “You there?”

I snapped myself out of my fantasy. “Sorry. I must be in a guacamole haze,” I said, taking my seat. “Okay. Enough about the PGC. Let’s get down to business.”

Maybe Alexis had the right idea after all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Great!

    Love it!!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Awsome book!!

    I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Really good book

    It is really good

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Not as good as the others

    My family is in the biz of nakin books and got it i didnt really lik it!!!and liked all the others i woul sooo not gt it its horruble dont waste your money

    6 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Read this book

    This book looks so awesome!I just love cupcake diaries!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Hi

    I am exactly like emma and katie and i have he whole series and guess what emma is whi am so yay yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!

    It is a great series for all ages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Huj

    IVE ONLY READ THE FIRST ONE BUT I LOVE THIS SEIRIES SO IM GOING TO GET IT! I DOMT EVEN CARE IM ALLLLLLLLLLL CAPS

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Awsome

    I love this book a fight can be hard katie and callie are having a war its on there is a contest for the most money to be raised the cupcake club makes a tye dye and 60s theme well the pgc club now the bfc because sydney moved away is making up a nasty plan even though they are doing cupcakes they are telling everyone there is a treat in the cupcakes it happends they get disqualivied and can not be in the contest this book is awesome

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    TO:SETH

    ARE YOU IN ELLRY PROGRHAM?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Gabriella

    Um...i know!!!!!! And its ok. Well do you wanna keep going out or no cuz im fine either way. ;)

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Not best book ever

    Its not the greatest book ever but if you havent read the familiars im tellen ya you really want to read it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 24, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Luv!!!! :)

    Best book evers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Seth

    Meh nook broke so im using my sisters. How about no so that leaves us open to meet new people.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

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    Ello!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Okay

    Its not possible to put body back together or a heart. You cant just crush stone then heal. You cant be immortal. Vampires are the only hings that can live forevr and still be killed. In fact a ghost cant brig ANYTHING back to life.

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    Posted October 13, 2012

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    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Awesome book!!!

    I read this book it is so awsome ! there is no strong language or innapropriate content either. This book katie and the cupcake war has advice for friendship rilvary and it helped me with an issue with my friend. All these books are great and katie is my favorite character. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Thisbookwas...

    Ok. Kind of easy. :l

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