Sprinkles and Secrets

Sprinkles and Secrets

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by Lisa Schroeder, Nathalie Dion
     
 

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Sophie has to choose between fame and friendship in this confectionary companion to It’s Raining Cupcakes.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of becoming an actress and being in front of the camera. So when she’s offered an opportunity to audition for a TV commercial spot—and a chance to make her dreams come true—sheSee more details below

Overview

Sophie has to choose between fame and friendship in this confectionary companion to It’s Raining Cupcakes.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of becoming an actress and being in front of the camera. So when she’s offered an opportunity to audition for a TV commercial spot—and a chance to make her dreams come true—she’s over-the-moon happy. But then she finds out what exactly she’ll be advertising: the scrumptious, ever-popular brownies from Beatrice’s Brownies. And there’s just one problem with Beatrice’s Brownies….the brand is the number one competitor to It’s Raining Cupcakes, the shop owned by her best friend Isabel’s family.
     Sophie has a tough choice to make: Follow her dreams or betray her best friend. What’s a girl to do?

Editorial Reviews

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
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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442422650
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
170,888
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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