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It's Raining Cupcakes

It's Raining Cupcakes

For Ages: 8 - 12
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Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of her small town of Willow, Oregon, and travel like her best friend, Sophie. But when Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer…until she learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the final bake-off. But Sophie is also entering the contest, and Isabel’s mother has reservations. Can Isabel finally realize her dreams of leaving Willow without hurting two of the most important people in her life?
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416990840 | 
  • March 2010 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 640
List Price $21.99

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It’s Raining Cupcakes

Chapter 1 red velvet cupcakes A CLASSIC THAT NEVER LETS YOU DOWN
The whole cupcake thing started a couple of years ago, on my tenth birthday. My mom tried a recipe for red velvet cupcakes with buttercream frosting. She said, “Isabel, this recipe comes from a very famous cupcake shop in New York City called St. Valentine’s Cupcakes. We’re going to make these cupcakes for your party!”

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Reading and Discussion Guide: It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder ABOUT THE BOOK Twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of seeing the world, but she’s never left Oregon. When her best friend, Sophie, tells her of a baking contest whose winners travel to New York City, she eagerly enters despite concerns about her mother, who is opening a cupcake bakery. Includes cupcake recipes! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lisa Schroeder is a native Oregonian, which means her childhood summers were spent camping, fishing, reading books, and playing in the sun, when it finally came out. These days, Lisa spends her summers, and every other part of the year, sharing all the wonderful things Oregon has to offer with her husband and two sons. Besides It’s Raining Cupcakes she is also the author of three verse novels for young adults published by Simon Pulse: I Heart You, You Haunt Me, an ALA 2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; Far From You, a Texas Tayshas selection; and Chasing Brooklyn. PREREADING What are your favorite things to do with a parent? Would it still be fun if you turned it into a business? DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. After reading chapter one, list everything you already know about Isabel and her family. What does she want? 2. Describe how Isabel’s life has changed since her mom began pursuing her dream. Make a list of what’s good and bad about it. How would you feel in Isabel’s shoes? 3. How is Isabel trying to earn some money for the summer? What does she want t see more

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