Sprinkles and Secrets

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Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of being an actress and being in front of the camera. When that dream comes true and she's offered a T.V. commercial spot, she's over-the-moon happy. But then she finds out what exactly she'll be advertising: the delectable, ever-popular brownies from BEATRICE'S BROWNIES, which just so happns to be the number one competitor to IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES—owned by her best friend, Isabel's, family.

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of being an actress and being in front of the camera. When that dream comes true and she's offered a T.V. commercial spot, she's over-the-moon happy. But then she finds out what exactly she'll be advertising: the delectable, ever-popular brownies from BEATRICE'S BROWNIES, which just so happns to be the number one competitor to IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES—owned by her best friend, Isabel's, family.

Sophie has a tough choice to make: Follow her dreams or crush her best friend.

What's a girl to do?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
Sophie, avid about acting, is also an original and creative girl. If a reader gets nothing else but the idea of a pick-me-up list when in a turmoil of emotions, this book is one to grow on...which the sugar-filled desserts which provide the image for the book are not. On the other hand, what middle schooler isn't more interested in snack and dessert than lunch? Sophie's turmoil turns on her first modeling job, to model for a franchise that will be in direct competition with her best friend's mother's wonderful, but not yet successful, cupcake shop. First Sophie tries to not take the job, then with the advice of family and friends she decides she will, and then she tries to hide the nature of the job from Sophie. Meanwhile she builds rewarding friendships with an unlikely nerd and actually finds him a new guy friend, develops her girly friendships with acting friends, and finally comes clean to best friend Isabel, a budding chef who's discovered her own new friend at a cooking competition in New York City. Sophie discovers that her best friend Isabel really is a BEST friend, who wants Sophie to be a star just as much as Sophie wants Isabel to follow her dreams. This froth of a book is keyed directly to young girls and their sometimes confusing relationships with each other. It may help them to navigate some of the perils of friendship while enjoying an escape into sweetness. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
Kirkus Reviews

Twelve-year-old Sophie faces a difficult dilemma; deciding between loyalty to her best friend and seizing the opportunity of a life time.

An aspiring actress, Sophie's upcoming audition for a commercial may be the big break she has been waiting for. When she discovers the commercial is for the rival of her best friend's faltering family business, Sophie experiences a crisis of conscience. In this sequel to It's Raining Cupcakes (2010), Schroeder delves into the complexity of middle-school friendships. Sophie struggles with a confusing kaleidoscope of feelings, including her jealousy over Isabel's chance to compete in a bake-off and her elation/guilt over the audition. Sophie and Isabel's friendship is jeopardized when Sophie's impulsive decision to lie is revealed. With the help of her new friend Dennis, Sophie may be able to achieve her dreams and salvage her friendship with Isabel. While there are the many references to A Bridge to Terabithia in a potentially intriguing subplot, its story line is not fully developed, and the connection may be too ambiguous for readers unfamiliar with the classic tale.

Schroeder skillfully evokes the turbulence of pre-adolescence as she explores the delicate balance of being a true friend while remaining true to yourself. (Fiction. 8-12)

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—In this sequel to It's Raining Cupcakes (S & S, 2010), Isabel has won a baking contest and now it is her BFF's turn to make her dream of becoming an actress come true. The only problem is that the TV commercial Sophie's been offered is for Beatrice's Brownies, the rival bakery to Isabel's family's shop. When she has to choose between her big break and her best friend, she stalls by lying. The story is told in a similar style to the first book with chapter headings named after favorite treats. Sophie is a likable girl who cares very much about her friends. However, as in the previous story, supporting characters lack depth, including Isabel. Sophie's creative solutions to her problems are realistically kidlike, and the happy ending will give readers the warm and fuzzies, as will the included recipes.—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442422636
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 939,394
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Schroeder

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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Sprinkles and Secrets

Chapter 1 chocolate ice cream
THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD

I think there are two kinds of happiness.

There’s the real kind of happiness when you have to smile because you feel so good inside. It’s like you’ve just eaten the most delicious cupcake or cuddled with the most adorable kitten. When you look around, everything looks like it’s trimmed in gold. Beautiful. Joyful. Happy.

Then there’s the fake kind of happiness. Something is supposed to make you happy. Your brain keeps saying you should be happy about this and you want to be, but no matter how hard you try to feel the real happiness, for some reason you can’t. So you smile anyway and put on the best happy show you can because you don’t want to look like a bad person. Sometimes, though, if you’re lucky, the fake happiness eventually and magically turns into real happiness.

Today I’m supposed to feel happy and excited. Instead I feel sad and jealous. No one knows that, though. I made sure of it. All day at school I was the picture of happiness. I should get an Emmy for my performance today. Or an Oscar. Or, at the very least, a new tube of lip gloss, because my lips are really dry from all that smiling.

As I ride my yellow mountain bike home, my legs pumping hard and fast and my face all scrunched up and ugly because I don’t have to pretend to be happy anymore, I think of that horrible old woman, Miss Gulch, from The Wizard of Oz. The one who took Toto from Dorothy? I probably look like her. What a scary thought.

I take a deep breath, slow down my sad and jealous legs, and tell myself to relax. And then I turn my thoughts to the list of things I go to when I’m in serious need of cheering up. Well, not an actual list. That might be weird to have a piece of paper with Sophie’s List of Pick-Me-Ups written at the top and then a list of items that fill the page.

Usually I’m a pretty happy person. But there are some days, like today, when the world feels like a big, rotten tomato. (For the record, I hate tomatoes.)

I go over my mental pick-me-up list and realize that with the long, boring weekend stretching out ahead of me, I’m going to need almost every single thing on the list to help me through it.

First on the list is my dog. Daisy is a Havanese, which means she’s an adorable, white bundle of fluffiness. And before you think I’m really shallow and only love my dog because of how she looks, when I say she’s cute, I mean even her personality is cute! When she wags her tail, which is a lot of the time, her whole body wiggles. She has a small collection of stuffed animals (ones I used to play with) that she’s claimed as hers, and she loves it when I grab one and throw it so she can chase it and bring it back to me to play tug-of-war. And when I’ve worn her out from tossing a bear or a tiger down the hallway a hundred times, she’ll set the stuffed animal down, crawl into my lap, and paw at my hand as if to say, Pet me, pet me! See? So cute!

Next on the list is my best friend, Isabel. What can I say about Isabel? She’s the best friend a girl could have. She used to live in the duplex next to ours, but they moved last summer so her mom could open a cupcake shop. The shop is called It’s Raining Cupcakes, and Isabel and her parents live in an apartment above it. I think it’s pretty great, and I’m happy her mom is living out her dream, but I miss having Isabel right next door. We still see each other a lot, but won’t this weekend, which brings me to the actual reason the world feels like a big, rotten tomato.

Isabel is out of town, in New York City, so she can’t be a part of my cheer-myself-up plan. In fact, her being in New York City is the reason I’m not happy. She entered a baking contest through a magazine and her recipe was good enough to earn her a spot in the bake-off. The finalists all flew to New York this morning, where they’ll compete in the bake-off tomorrow.

I’m the one who told Isabel about the contest. I’m glad she got to go, but I wanted to go too! I wanted to compete for the grand prize of one thousand dollars. That’s a lot of money, and it would have paid for some singing and acting lessons, something I really want to do so I can be an actress someday.

When I woke up this morning, it hit me pretty hard that Isabel was in New York City while I was stuck here, in the small town of Willow, and my happiness quickly disappeared. It’ll be back one of these days—hopefully by the time Isabel gets home and tells me whether or not she won the contest.

In the meantime, back to my list. Musicals. I love, love, LOVE musicals. Movies like The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, and High School Musical. I have a whole collection of musical movies I’ve gotten as gifts since I was six years old. When I’m feeling down, I pop one in and snuggle up with my favorite blanket and a good snack. Soon everything fades away. In fact, it fades away so much that halfway through the movie, I’m usually up and singing along. I can’t help it! It’s like I want to be in the movie singing those songs so bad, I just have to get up and do the closest thing to it—singing and dancing around in my bedroom (usually in my purple pajamas).

Fourth on the list is shopping. I don’t even have to buy anything, it’s just fun to look at all of the cool clothes, sparkly jewelry, and beautiful shoes. Sometimes I’ll try on shoes I know my mom would never approve of in a million years and pretend I’m a movie star with a red-carpet event I have to attend. You know, like it’s absolutely crucial that I have the right pair of shoes. Now that’s a type of pretending I don’t mind at all.

Finally, chocolate. There’s a little plaque that hangs in our kitchen. It’s been there for as long as I can remember. It says HAND OVER THE CHOCOLATE AND NO ONE GETS HURT. I can just imagine a bank robber going into a bank, strolling up to the counter, and saying those words. At first, the bank teller is terrified. But when the robber demands chocolate instead of money, the teller says, “Oh, honey, I sure do understand. It’s been one of those days, huh?”

I love chocolate. It’s definitely my snack of choice, when given an option. I know, I know. I should be eating apples, bananas, and carrots, and I do eat those things, I swear! But like my mom always says—everything in moderation.

Last summer, as I thought about a cupcake recipe for the Baker’s Best baking contest, I knew I wanted my recipe to include chocolate. I mean, if you have two flavors of cupcakes sitting side by side, one with chocolate and one without, I bet people choose the chocolate one most of the time. The recipe I finally ended up submitting for my entry was one for watermelon chocolate cupcakes—chocolate cake with a watermelon-flavored frosting. (See? I like fruit, too!) My whole family thought they were amazing. But I guess the judges didn’t agree. Stupid judges.

Stupid sadness and jealousy.

When I get home, I put my bike in the garage and go in the house. Daisy greets me at the door with her usual jumping, spinning, and pet me, pet me routine.

“Hello, adorable dog of mine and number one on my list,” I whisper, petting her as she rolls over, giving me her belly to scratch.

After a sufficient amount of scratching time, I stand up. “Come on, Daisy. You want a treat?”

She follows me into the kitchen, her tail wagging so hard it’s practically picking her up off the ground. I toss her a Milk-Bone, get a spoon from the silverware drawer, and then grab the chocolate ice cream from the freezer.

I don’t even get a bowl. I sit on a stool at the counter and dig in.

“Sophie, is that you?” Mom calls from the other room.

“No, it’s a stranger raiding your freezer.”

Mom appears, smiling. I have to say, my mom is so cute. No, not Daisy-cute, but girlie-cute, I guess. She wears her blond hair short but stylish, and she has a round face with big blue eyes. And she always wears the cutest clothes, not like she’s trying to be sixteen again, just fresh and fun. Today she’s wearing jeans and a pink T-shirt that says WAG MORE, BARK LESS.

“Hi, honey. How was school today?”

I shrug my shoulders, partly because I don’t want to tell her about my rotten tomato day and partly because my mouth is full of chocolatey, creamy goodness.

“I’ve been thinking about you,” she says. “Thinking about how you’re probably a little sad to be here and not in New York City like Isabel.”

The way she looks at me and the way her caring comes through in her voice, I feel tears rising up. I blink hard a few times, then I shrug again, scared that if I try to talk about it, I’ll have a full-blown tearfest going on. And I don’t want that. The whole point of the chocolate ice cream is to cheer myself up!

“I have a surprise for you,” she says, her face now literally beaming.

I swallow my mouthful of ice cream. Thoughts of a tearfest disappear at the mention of the word “surprise.” I totally forgot that’s another one on my list of pick-me-ups! Except, it’s sort of hard to make a surprise happen by myself.

I wait, my spoon frozen in midair.

She brings her hand around from behind her back, and she’s holding three tickets. I lean in, my eyes squinting, trying to read the small words.

My spoon makes a loud clanking noise as I drop it on to the counter and grab the tickets from her hand.

I can’t believe it.

Wicked, the musical.

We’re going to see Wicked!

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Totally and undeniably AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is amazing. If anyone EVER tells you that this book is bad, DO NOT LISTEN. Listen to ME. This is the BEST BOOK EVER. No joke.Also read Its Raining Cupcakes. It is just as good.

    30 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    ?????

    I haven't read it yet, but first I want to know, is this a sequel to It's raining cupcakes?

    15 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Lots of typos!!!

    Other then all the typos, it was a.good book! Would give it 4 and 1/2 if I could!!!!

    13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Friendship or hardship? The book Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa

    Friendship or hardship?

    The book Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder is a book filled with surprises and suspense. Lisa Schroeder tells the story of two girls who are best friends and have different passions. Isabel is interested in baking while Sophie likes acting. Isabel helps her mom at their cupcakes shop, It’s Raining Cupcakes. The business is going slow for her family since a new brownie shop, Beatrice’s Brownies opened up. On the other hand Sophie has found herself an agent to kick off her acting career. Her agent recommends that she auditions for a commercial for Beatrice’s Brownies. Sophie is torn between two paths and doesn’t know which one she should choose. Should she start off her acting career by hurting a friend?

    I recommend this book for people who enjoy realistic fiction stories, friendship, and suspense. This is the second book in the series. The first book is, It’s Raining Cupcakes, by Lisa Schroeder. Both books were wonderful. I recommend that you read both books in the series.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Amazzing

    This book was amazing it was verry good but there were lot of spelling mistakes:)

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    YUMMY yummy in my tummy great book!!!!!

    This book was so good. I read this book the second day it came out. So cuddle up and read it with a cold glass of milk.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Awesome Book

    I thought it was a great book although there were a lot of spelling mistakes!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Awesome Book

    Great Book but lots of mistakes

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Great

    This book is great. Although there are alot of spelling problems, it is not Ms. Schroeders fault. I love this book!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Good

    Good but had a few editing mistakes,like eupeakes

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Ifngnvx

    Millions & millions of typeos, but i figures them out
    Awesome sauce book, though •<:D

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Roseletta

    I loved the book Sprinkles and Sercrets. I couldn't put it down. I just don't understand why Sophie lied to her friend. There was some spelling mistakes like eupeakes which meant cupcakes. I enjoyed the story and I hope you will enjoy it to.

    From,
    Roseletta

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Great

    If you like this book try its rainning cupcakes,!!




    Love, Lily!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Maddie d.

    The book looks so cute from the cover!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Ruby h

    I read the first one so good if you do not like this book try its raining cupcakes so cute books

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Perfect

    Its not a bad book at all a little cheesy ending but a fantastic moral i cant wait to read more!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    KATIE LUVS IT!

    This book was SUPER GOOD! Not as good as the first one but this book is still pretty AMAZING! (It has more romance! :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Amazing Book

    This book is a must read all of the conections to the other book make you want to look back and read the first book all over again! I read the first book when a friend recommended it to me, I loved it! I just recommended this book to her and she loved it, I was so intwined into this book I read it in one night and finished the first book again the following night to help me understand the second book a little more but also have a mind refresh, I would deffinetly read both of the books over and over again! You need to read the first to understand the second, when I finished the first I could not wait for the second to come out, but it was so worth the wait, hope she makes another one! Wish I could give it way more stars! It is definetly worth the money! Offer your parents to pay for it and they will get all mushy and say that they will pay for it my parents did at least but they also luv me more than stars in the sky and I love them back! Anyway just save up your money show them that you have the money and just maybe they will pay for it but either way you will still have the book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Book

    Who cares if they have spelling mistakes she must have meant to do that people check it you know i would give it 5 stars my eyes would not get off the pages this book is awesome but first i would read Raining Cupcake

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Amazing

    It is an amazing book i just love it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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