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Peace, Love and Cupcakes (Cupcake Club Series)

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Includes recipes and tips to try at home!

"Kids and cupcakes are the perfect recipe!"—Sophie and Katerine, stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes

Meet Kylie Carson.

She's a fourth grader with a big problem. How will she make friends at her new school? Should she tell her classmates she loves monster movies? Forget it. Play the part of a turnip in the school play? Disaster! Then Kylie ...

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Overview

Includes recipes and tips to try at home!

"Kids and cupcakes are the perfect recipe!"—Sophie and Katerine, stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes

Meet Kylie Carson.

She's a fourth grader with a big problem. How will she make friends at her new school? Should she tell her classmates she loves monster movies? Forget it. Play the part of a turnip in the school play? Disaster! Then Kylie comes up with a delicious idea: What if she starts a cupcake club?

Soon Kylie's club is spinning out tasty treats with the help of her fellow bakers and new friends. But when Meredith tries to sabotage the girls' big cupcake party, will it be the end of the Cupcake Club?

Sheryl Berk, New York Times bestselling author of Soul Surfer, and her nine-year-old daughter, Carrie, a cupcake connoisseur who has reviewed confections from the world in her Carrie's Cupcakes Critiques newsletter, have cooked up a delightful new series sure to be a treat.

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With this middling story about four fourth-grade outsiders who start a baking club, Sheryl Berk (coauthor of Soul Surfer) and her nine-year-old daughter launch the Peace, Love and Cupcakes series, whose premise is similar to that of Coco Simon’s Cupcake Diaries series. The girls’ drama teacher proposes the club after witnessing a prank that mean girl Meredith plays on Kylie, her ­frequent victim. Hoping that baking goodies will make people like her, Kylie recruits three classmates to join: overweight, good-natured Jenna; shy and artistic Lexi; and dyslexic tomboy Sadie. After the group bakes a batch to sell at a fund-raiser, their cupcake-making spirals into a thriving business. Mere­dith’s nastiness persists until Kylie retaliates with a potentially harmful stunt, for which she pays surprisingly little consequence. Hampered by clichéd portrayals of the students, the novel offers routine messages about being a good friend, working together, and dealing with bullying. Detailed descriptions of the girls’ baking should appeal to aspiring pastry chefs; three recipes are included at the end of the novel. Ages 9–up. Agent: Katherine Latshaw, the Literary Group. (Apr.)
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"A sweet book!" - Cupcakes Take the Cake

"Sheryl Berk and her nine-year-old daughter, Carrie, have cooked up a delightful new series sure to be a treat." - New York Family Magazine

""Readers looking for a light story are in for, much like cupcakes themselves, a small burst of fun." - Booklist" - Booklist

"I think that this is one of the best ideas for a club ever. I mean, I would totally join this club if it was available at my school! Nevertheless, I liked the role that it had to play in the story. I liked how it brought together all the main characters, making them form a strong friendship. I thought that this was a unique club idea in a novel, and something I could really relate to." - Esther's Ever After

"I really enjoyed The Cupcake Club. It read quickly and brought up some great discussion topics like bullying, building self esteem, not giving up, making friends, forgiving, and more." - The Angel Forever

"Author Sheryl Berk has good reason to be proud this Mother's Day. She has co-written a book with daughter Carrie - who's only 9." - New York Daily News.

"Sheryl and Carrie Berk whip up a great story that is sure to be a treat for both children and adults." - YA Crush

"Sheryl Berk and her nine-year-old daughter, Carrie, have cooked up a delightful new series sure to be a treat." - New York Family

"There is a lot to recommend to young tween girl readers in Peace, Love and Cupcakes! This is a great book to hand to readers looking for something sweet... that features characters most girls (and boys if they would read the book) can relate to." - YA Librarian Tales

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402264498
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Cupcake Club Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 145,162
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Chapter 1: A Monstrous Day

Why does it have to be Monday?

Kylie Carson pulled the blanket over her head and pretended not to hear her snooze alarm beeping for the third time. And Monday, November 6, no less! Her fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Shottlan, had asked everyone to pick a topic they were an expert on and share ten fabulous facts about it.

"The idea," her teacher said, "is to wow us!"

The big red circle on the calendar had stared at Kylie for two weeks. By this time, most of the kids had already presented their reports. Emily Dutter talked about horseback riding. Jeremy Saperstone explained about football, and Meredith Mitchell? She went on and on about gymnastics-and held up the three gold medals she won at last year's state championship meet.

But what had she chosen to talk about? Monster movies! It was truly the only thing Kylie was an expert on. Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera. She saw them all a million times! But now that the day was here and the clock said 7:57, she was having second thoughts.

She plopped down in her seat at the kitchen table, still in her peace-sign pj's and fuzzy slippers.

"Is it Pajama Day at school?" her mom teased. "Or are we just starting a new fashion trend?

Kylie groaned. "Expert presentation today."

"Ah-hah!" said her mom. "And you are an expert at being late to school?"

"I don't want to go," said Kylie. "It's going to be a colossal disaster!"

"Colossal disaster, huh? That's a pretty dramatic way to describe a five-minute report in front of your class. But then again, monster movies are very dramatic-so I suppose it's appropriate." Her mom chuckled.

Kylie rolled her eyes. "What if they laugh at me?" she asked. "Or worse...throw things."

"They won't laugh," her mother assured her, tossing another pancake onto Kylie's plate, even though she had barely touched the first one.

"No, trust me, they will. Gavin Gilligan flicked a grape at Jeremy Saperstone yesterday in the cafeteria-and that was just because Jeremy looked at him funny. One weird look and Jeremy got a grape in his eye! No one in my class likes monster movies. They'll think I'm stupid!"

Her mom handed her the maple syrup. "I think it's a little late to change your mind, don't you? School starts in twenty minutes."

That was it-she was doomed. Doomed like the Wolfman when the sheriff came after him with a gun loaded with silver bullets. The furry fiend knew he was in for an unhappily-ever-after, and Kylie knew the same. She could feel it in her bones. If she could just miss school this one day!

"You know, my throat's a little sore," she said with a cough.

Her mom felt Kylie's head. "Nice try," her mom said. "Cool as a cucumber. Get dressed."

Kylie came out of her room five minutes later, dragging her feet-this time in gray high-top sneakers. She'd chosen her black jeans and a black, long-sleeve tee, because the dark color matched her dark mood.

"Much better," her mom said. Then she handed Kylie her backpack, her lunch box, and the huge poster board she'd made: a collage of the world's greatest monsters at their bloodiest, creepiest, scariest best.

"You'll be great, honey," her mom said, planting a kiss on Kylie's cheek. "It's normal to feel butterflies when you speak in front of a group of people. I always do."

It wasn't so much the group as it was one particular person Kylie was worried about. And it wasn't butterflies she felt in her stomach, it was more like vampire bats. But telling her mom that wouldn't help. Instead she trudged outside and just made the school bus before it pulled away from her corner.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    I enjoy baking, and I also really love cupcakes, so Brenna thoug

    I enjoy baking, and I also really love cupcakes, so Brenna thought that this would be a good pick for me. Although this book was written for a younger audience, I really liked it and thought that it was pretty was pretty good novel that I didn't find overly juvenile (and the cupcakes were a neat twist). This one could definitely be enjoyed by readers who like reading MG books.

    Reasons to Read:

    1.Kylie as a well-rounded character:

    Judging from the cover, you'd figure that Kylie is a really girly girl whose main interests are mostly about fashion, makeup, and baking. She has a bit of a unique twist, though. She is a huge fan of monster movies. I thought that this put a nice, fresh twist on her personality. She was constantly making references to the movies themselves, which I found to be quite amusing. I also found her to be very likable. She isn't just a victim to bullying who sobs about it. She tries to make friends, but it just never seems to work out for her.

    2.The Cupcake Club:

    I think that this is one of the best ideas for a club ever. I mean, I would totally join this club if it was available at my school! Nevertheless, I liked the role that it had to play in the story. I liked how it brought together all the main characters, making them form a strong friendship. I thought that this was a unique club idea in a novel, and something I could really relate to.

    On top of that, there are cupcake recipes in the back of the book. Pretty awesome, right? I haven't tried any of them out yet, but I'm hoping to do that soon!

    I did find that I rolled by eyes at the mean girl, Meredith. I really disliked her, she just seemed really annoying and kind of lame without any real reason or motivations.

    Other that, though I thought that this was a pretty good book for the younger crowd, or even if you're in your mid-teenage years (and are mildly addicted to cupcakes, like I am)!

    ARC received from Raincoast Books.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Warning: You WILL want a cupcake after reading The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love & Cupcakes!

    Warning: You WILL want a cupcake after reading The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love & Cupcakes!

    This book is overall just plain cute. It is a very cute book and a great book for a young girl to read. It also hits on issues such as bullying, money, small business, failure and making friends. Kylie is a character that does her best to move past the bullying and to do something to make her life happier and more enjoyable and in the process, also helps other girls and she makes new friends. All of these girls have a great work ethic and it makes me proud of them.

    I loved reading about all of the successes and failures the club had while baking. At first you get to see them make the worst cupcakes and then before you know it, they are making cupcakes that people are buying and they are getting more orders they can’t even handle. I loved the “Batter Butt Dance”…had me cracking up!

    This book is packed with baking tips and tricks that are perfect for a younger crowd…or even brand new bakers. The recipes that are included at the back of the book are simple to follow. The Berks also include a list of tips for the new cupcake baker that I found to be helpful.

    One day when I was reading this book at park, a little girl came up to me and asked me about it! Obviously the cover is eye catching to the right audience! My four-year-old is even jealous of my book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Lo

    Loved it.
    Kylie Carson is a fourth grader who is a complete monster movie lover. She is bullied by a girl named Meredith, and school is bad for her. But then, it gets worse. He favorite teacher is going away, replaced by a woman named Juliette. She gives Kylie a delicious idea: if they started a baking club together, Kylie would make friends, and, Meredith will finally leave her alone. Kylie gets her three members-Jenna, Sadie, and Lexi. They name their club Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: PLC. An event makes their club famous-now, everyone wants their cupcakes. Later on, Meredith's mother orders cupcakes-with very strict instructions along with it. Kylie breaks the instructions without letting her friends know. When she finds out thag it's not as great as she thought it would be, she confesses to Jenna, Juliette, Lexi, and Sadie, and then to Meredith and her parents. Meredith's family says that Kylie will be expelled and it will be the end of PLC. But will it be? Read to find out!

    A sweet story to fill anyone's heart. It is sure to make your hips hurt from laughing. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Not very good at all

    Some books stat out bad and get good. But this book started out bad and did not get good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Mia

    I think this is a heartwarming story for girls of all ages. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Hi im angie

    Hi im angie and i first git this book because i asked cheetah girl and she was right it is sooooo awesome!!!! Thaanks cheetah girl!!!! Reply to angiethepuppydoglover!!! Thxsbye!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    To angiethepuppydoglover

    Do you go to the fk?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Jesus freak 102

    I love this book so much that my friend and I were planning to have the cupcake club it was called "cupcakes forever"s

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Loved it

    4th grader Kylie Carson has just moved from Florida to Conneticut. But when she moves to her new school, she's being bullied. And she doesn't know what to do. But her new drama teacher gave her a new idea: Start A Cupcake Club. Kylie decides to call it Peace, Love and Cupcakes. But when she recieves an order from the bully's mom, with specific directions , Kylie purposly doesn't follow through. Will she be expelled from school and the cupcake club?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Read me

    This book is so great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Peac Love and Cupcakes

    This is the best bok ever!!!!!!!!!!!*!!*!*!!!!!!!!***!!******!!!!!!? t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    I met carrie!

    I met carrie at barnes and nobles!!!!!!!!! Shes so cute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    I love it

    It was good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Good book

    Excellent, Carrie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Raechel

    I'm just gonna go die in bed for a few hours. I'll see you later.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Swef

    "'Bye."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Raechel

    Bai...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Will

    Its been used recently o.o

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Alex

    He grins and turns u around and starts rubbing into u.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    TO A

    BLOW ME OFF WHY DONT CHA! *STARES AT CHU IN DISBELIEVE*

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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