Close to Famous

Close to Famous

by Joan Bauer

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Overview

A novel full of heart, humor, and charm from Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer!

When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142420171
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/05/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 116,969
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Joan Bauer is the author of many books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here, and the L.A. Times Book Prize forRules of the Road. The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here andClose to Famous, which also received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers.

School Library Journal says, “When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny characters, Bauer is in a class by herself.”
  
Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at www.joanbauer.com.

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Close to Famous 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book has a ton of heart and very original characters... two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!
Olivia Spinella More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. One of the best i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i loved this book. Its so insparatioal And i love to cook and well its in me becuz my dad waz a cheff and did all sorts of things. I love this book eveyone should read it.
Kaitlyn Conroy More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down. It is a gr8 book. You will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you read this book go to cupcaketopia and just enjoy!Best book ever read!By far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book everrr !!!!!!! Worth every penny !!!!!!!!!! Buyyy it now !!!!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its great i did a book report on it. This book even gives you reciepes i love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books has lots of heart. The characters, the setting, and the storyline, are all fabulous! You will find yourself loving some characters and not liking some. This book makes you stop and think about life. It encourages you to follow your dreams. That might sound sappy, I know, but this book is anything but sappy, believe me. The characters seem so real, you feel like you should be able to look them up and give them a call. By the time you're done with this book you'll want to do just that because you'll feel like you've known them your whole life and you just want to talk about everything that's happened! Everything isn't happy and everyone isn't always smiling. This book has real life situations ( okay, maybe some that aren't so real life too. ) and I love seeing how the characters deal and cope with them. Overall, I think that this book is wonderful. I highly recommend this book! Go on, get it from the library, buy it, borrow it from someone, I don't care what you do ( as long as you don't steal it ) just read this book!! I know you're dying to!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it was amazing! It tells an inspiring story of a little girl growing up in a small town with big dreams :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how they eached worked out their problems together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best! Foster has a great personality! This book affected me and i began to read more books like this and i fell in love with these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this book is sooooo good one day i was on page 73 and then at the end of the day i was on page 161 the book is sooo good u cant put it down i receccomend getting this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book:):):):):). I wish it would never end:( If you are in a tough time you will conect more with this book . It is about a time when a girl name foster has to drop everthing a never return home. But then evrthing starts to lighting up. And baking takes plae an help he lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this book is perfect for me cuz i luv to bake and my dream is to become a pastry chef. I luv this bok. Very sweet and funny. Anybody should luv it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a sweet and hopeful sttory that i found very interesting. I definetley reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book everybody has been waiting for! This is the book to read for 2014. It has something fir everyone. Be brave and give it a shot!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was such a great one!!!! I could not put it down and i reccomend it to anyone ages 10-13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The one thing it has that compounds thiz book into one is the passionate characters. Not one character in a book doesn't have pasion in them. Love books. Forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderful and encouraged me to follow my dreams and bake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really!!!!! Some people acutually want to READ the book, not have it ruined by stupid people!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book just to tell everyone from missouri one of the mark twain award nomines is going to be ............... Close to Famous:) awesome awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooo amazing. In here theres cookin' tips an i got 'nother one. When yur makin' cupcakes, muffins, whaterva', somtimes you dont make 'nof batta or ya only wana' make a few. Just fill ya empty cups with wata' bout' half way. This way 'er muffin tins dont get burned up. Just keep calm 'n bake on.