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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 herselfA 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.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 1/5/2012Pages: 272Reading Level: Age 10 and Up...

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Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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Close to Famous Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-02-24 16:04

    3.5 stars.A very heartfelt middle grade novel.Foster is unlike any twelve-year-old you’ve ever met. Although she lives in a small town, she has the big dream of one day having her own cooking reality show. She is dedicated, determined and hopeful. Even when times are hard, such as when her mama is the victim of domestic violence, Foster keeps her head on her shoulders. She has to be strong for her mama and for herself. Her daddy died at war, so she knows he won’t save them from the evil Elvis impersonator who won’t leave her family alone. I think it’s good that this novel deals with darker themes, while being an entertaining writing piece all the same. I remember when I was around ten, the only novels I read were vampire and princess books and short contemporary friendship-themed stories. There wasn’t anything really like this in my library’s middle grade section.Strangely, though, the main character had a beautiful personality, but a voice that did not sound realistic to my ears. Actually, she kept talking like a grown-up, but acting like a child. The whole town, actually, looked too good to be true. It should have been more focused on the town to fully develop this setting. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Cara
    2019-03-13 17:20

    Ok so I'm pretty much a self-proclaimed cupcake addict. I mean come on, who doesn't love cupcakes? Don't answer that because I probably wouldn't get along with someone who can't fathom the sweet goodness of cupcakes. So why the rant about cupcakes? Because my sister is baking something delectable and my mouth is watering, but mostly because the cover has finger-lickin' good cupcakes.Confession:So that wasn't the only reason why I read this. I've been a long time follower of Bauer's work, and I wanted something that had a good feel to it, but dealt with some strong issues. Bauer always does a good job of making characters you can root for, and the adults that surround them are always extraordinary.The story starts out with Foster and her mom running away from Elvis. Or more like a jerk who thinks he's Elvis because he sings Elvis songs and shakes his hips to get money. Our twelve-year-old protagonist ends up in the small town of Culpepper. The problem with that is how is she going to get discovered in a small town? Foster has a dream to have her own cooking show, and she practices whenever she can. She bakes and cooks about anything, but her specialty is, you guessed it, cupcakes. The little town welcomes Foster and her mom with open arms, but that doesn't prevent Foster from dealing with some tough issues. She has to learn how to live without her daddy that died in the Iraq war, worrying if her mom will have to deal with the Elvis jerk again, and coming to terms with her difficulty with reading. With the help of a few friends, and her brilliant cupcakes Foster finds her spark.It was a refreshing change for me to read this book. I'd been reading somewhat "darker" books, and I loved how Foster was hard-working and had "regular" twelve-year-old thoughts. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development, but I can't complain the book left me with a little smile on my face.Extra side-note: My sister finished baking her tiramisu macaroons, and they were insanely scrumptious. People if you haven't had them you have to. Seriously, highly highly recommended to try before you die.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-03-05 09:06

    It is such bliss to have access to recently published books. Especially to an author I am really coming to love. I love her style. I love the issues she brings up for the teens, the characters in the books (especially the ones who uplift the main character), how the teens learn, and how the problems are resolved. More and more I regret that I did not buy one of her books and have her sign it when I met her a few years ago--even though that was the first time I'd really heard of her.So, on to the book. This one begged me to read it--it had CUPCAKES on the cover! And all of that talk of baking reminded me of how much I love to bake more, but never have time or money for ingredients. And boy did she have me with all that muffin and cupcake talking, for half of the reason I love both would be because of their names. Though I very much agree that cupcakes are so much better. I mean, "cupcake." The word is as cute as my turtle Bob! And I loved the little cupcake philosophies. But now I have the biggest craving for cupcakes--especially Hannah Swenson's fudge cupcakes.Oh yeah. The story. It was good, too. It took me forever to figure out the girl's age. I loved the small-town, good folks feel--and yes, you can get that in some of the towns in West V. I liked the way the accents were written, because they were so true and yet did not detract from the reading. And I loved how not only did the town affect Foster and her mother, but they had a great affect on the town. Bauer writes such feel-good, simple, happy stories that I don't think it is any wonder why I am loving her books.Would have been 4 stars, but all of that cupcaking makes it 5!4/17/13 2013-2014 Beehive nominee. I liked the book, and there is much readers can get from it. But they put this in children's. Really? It's gentle, yes, but I still think it's more teen.

  • Joan
    2019-02-24 12:08

    Bauer specializes in feisty female teens who have tough challenges and manage to get through them. In this one, Foster can't read, even though she has "passed" sixth grade. Her Mom is a singer, living with a guy who is an Elvis impersonator and claims he can make her mother famous. He also is abusive, both physically with her Mom and verbally with Foster. After he hit her Mom in the eye, they ran for it. They end up in a small town and grow to like a lot of the people there. Even Miss Charleena is actually pretty nice (ex Hollywood star). Miss Charleena sees right away through Foster's claims of I forgot my glasses, etc. and starts to teach her to read. Once accepted by the townpeople, they start to form a good life but still have to resolve a lot of issues from their past. How they do that, as well as help another family deal with their past is what makes the book pretty special. There were a few weak points in the story such as when the escaped felon gives up his hostage after eating a cupcake. The way to a man's heart may be through his stomach but I doubt that has much impact on hostage taking felons! However, it is good to see a case of a female with reading problems. Almost always it is boys, and there do seem to be more boys with this issue but there are girls as well. This is the book to give those kids. And if the kid is interested in baking, this will be a winner!

  • Alex Templeton
    2019-02-17 17:13

    I've really loved a lot of Bauer's other novels ("Rules of the Road", "Hope Was Here"). I've been excited to share them with students and have always looked forward to her new books. I was disappointed by this book, though. It may be because the book was written for a younger audience--upper elementary instead of middle/early high school--but I felt that Bauer barreled through events and character development, paying them lip service without getting into anything resembling the depth she usually does with her books for older readers. Perhaps she thought--for example--that a depiction of an unhealthy adult relationship and its effect on the daughter of one of the participants would be too much for younger readers. I disagree, and wish that the novel, like protagonist Foster McFee's muffins, was a little denser and more satisfying.

  • Allison Barash
    2019-03-06 13:59

    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. This story seemed to be a mish-mash of a thousand different things - it felt like it didn't have a focus. The story is about a 12 year old girl named Foster. She is desperate to become a famous cook on the Food Network and is obsessed with a tv personality named Sonny. The story begins as she and her mother are fleeing her mother's abusive boyfriend, Huck - an Elvis impersonator. They move to a new small town and meet a wide array of people. There's the little boy who wants to be a documentary film maker that works as a personal assistant for an eccentric movie star who has moved to get away from Hollywood and her cheating ex-husband. There's the local restauranteur Angry Wayne who reluctantly agrees to sell Foster's baked goods. There's the local teenage boy who likes to run...(and that's really his whole character). There's the hardware store where Foster's mother (who is secretly a fantastic singer) gets a job, and where the owner's daughter is trying to sell new "cool tools" to drum up business. There's Perseverance Wilson who is desperately trying to hang on to an old church that was sold to a Taco fast food restaurant. Then there's the new prison in town. It was built a few years ago and the builders told the town it would create tons of jobs...but all it seems to do is put prisoners in their town when they get out on work release. One such prisoner escapes and tries to come after his ex-wife but Foster manages to distract him by baking cupcakes. There's also the local Helping Hands building where prisoner's families can stay while they come to visit their loved ones in prison - but they're running out of money...and the children are hungry. Then Huck finds out where they are and comes after them...but it's not a vert climactic scene when he finds them. And to top it all off...Foster can't read.Sound confusing? It is.Overall, there were too many characters, too many plot lines, too many "issues." It's like 20 After School Specials/bad children's stories put together - abuse, illiteracy, poverty, escaped convicts, reality TV, eccentric lady who lives in town, restauranteur with a heart of stone that eventually melts when Foster convinces him to give money to the "children who can't eat."I think this story was too much - it felt like there were too many things happening, and there were too many ancillary characters - most of whom were not fully developed enough to contribute anything to the story.

  • Jan
    2019-03-04 12:00

    Alright, already! I admit it! I am such a sucker for a story where folks come to the rescue of those in need and a story where the ending is sweet and worth cheering for. I just can't help it! I guess it is so unlike real life anymore that I find I need books that make me feel good. I've tried all sorts of genres...some creep me out, some drive me crazy, some make me think too much ("Now, class, what do you think the author meant by that statement?" Ummm, don't care!) and some give me nightmares for days. Give me a story with cupcakes!! Oh...and I guess I can handle SOME flies in the frosting...running away from an abusive man to find a better life, a young girl who can't read and has been put down because of it...but in the end, I need to be able to shout "Hooray! You did it! Everything turned out in the end! I know....fiction!Oh! Did I say how much I really liked this book? I really liked this book! Now...to bake some cupcakes.....

  • Amber
    2019-02-25 12:17

    Two weeks ago I was walking through the Young Adult section of my library, on my way to pick up another book, when this one caught my eye. It was the picture of the cupcakes on the front that drew me in and after a quick scan of the front flap I decided to grab it and give it a go. Oh how I loved this book. The main character loves to bake and actually sees baking as a means to making the world a better place (mind you she is a 12 year old girl living in a tiny town in WV). My kind of thinking. There were quotes in this book that could be my mantra: "Here I am, World, and I have baked goods" when she was new in town, and the last line of the book: "changing the world, one cupcake at a time." Ah, yes. This book was right up my alley. I also liked that each of the characters was struggling to overcome something and in the end, they all at least made progress. Loved it. Not saying that I think any of my friends would love it as much as I did, but for me it was perfect.

  • Vicki
    2019-03-10 13:57

    Close to Famous is about a 12 year old girl, Foster, who loves cooking. The story takes you through her road trip to a new home in West Virginia. There she meets many people who take part in her life and together they learn valuable life lessons from each other.This books isn't a favorite of mine, but it did have some valuable lessons and a strong theme that I think would be fairly easy for middle school children to understand. One such theme is simply "never give up" as much of a cliche as that might be.Recommended for 6ht grade middle school age students especially; however, anyone who can take a simple story and learn about family, friends, and life itself might enjoy this read.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-17 14:17

    This is another strong title by the always reliable Joan Bauer. I love how her books often examine some kind of career and show teens or pre-teens deeply involved in some activity. In the case of Foster McFee, who just managed to finish sixth grade by the skin of her teeth, that positive activity is baking. Foster has been baking since she got an Easy-Bake oven at four, and she creates her own sweet concoctions. Foster and her mother, a talented singer who has always been relegated to the role of back-up singer, leave Memphis unexpectedly to escape from an abusive boyfriend who impersonates Elvis. They drive until they're too tired to go any further, and end up in a small West Virginia town. Like all towns, it has its own challenges and issues that consume the attentions of its citizens, notably a church that is for sale and a newly-built prison that hasn't delivered on its promised jobs. As in such towns, there are all sorts of characters including a reclusive actress. Miss Charleena was nominated twice for Oscars, but for reasons that are revealed in the book, she left Hollywood. It turns out that Foster is unable to read, which Miss Charleena is quick to scope out and, unexpectedly, to offer to tutor her. This title tackles a host of tough issues but in a gentle fashion, and in an appealing way. It won't be hard for readers to connect with at least one of the characters in the book, and to empathize with the coping techniques Foster has developed to hide her illiteracy. Things are tied up quite neatly, and it looks as though dreams may come true for many of the characters by the story's conclusion. This one is best read with a chocolate chocolate chip cupcake or two by the side since Bauer does such a great job in describing the yummy food Foster makes. I think I gained five pounds just by reading this one.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-19 09:01

    Damned if this book didn't win me over. I started it with low, low expectations, because almost every book I read about kids who just lurve to bake is so twee and so obviously written by... these books aren't aspirational, exactly; sort of the opposite. It's the same with most books for kids about art. The adults just love food and/or art and they want kids to love it, too. And cupcakes? Don't get me wrong, I patronize a cupcake shop regularly, but I was over the concept of cupcakes being the Next Big Thing as soon as all that started. Adults loving food typically associated with children, gourmet s'mores, artisan pb&j, and cupcakes... gag me. (As an aside: I am also so bored with headlines that start "Move over, cupcakes" and then tell us what the next cupcake is. This has been happening for years, and Cupcake Royale is still doing a thriving business.Anyway, the book. I discovered quickly that not only is this about a kid who lurves to bake, it's about a kid who lives in a folksy Southern town with quirky inhabitants, who can't read but learns how over the course of the book, who has a father who was killed in combat in Iraq, and whose mother is being physically abused by her new boyfriend. In the end--you know this, so it isn't a spoiler, right?--baking solves everything and brings the town together.We hate this, right? We hate everything about it.BUT I DIDN'T. Somehow this still manages to be a good book.I think it's that the writing is good, and the girl isn't overly cutesy OR overly troubled.This blows that other 2011 foodie book for kids, PIE, out of the water. WAY out.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-25 16:16

    Close to Famous might not be the most complex or original book in the world, and optimistic life cliches are sprinkled throughout and frosted thick on top like the main character's cupcake decorations; however, it still alludes to serious and tough issues such as domestic violence and the economic struggles of both individuals and a small rural town, while also showing that we must overcome personal obstacles, do the best we can with what we have, and, most importantly, not be afraid to dream big. The characters are not necessarily thoroughly developed, yet Bauer gives the reader enough quirkiness and detail about each one of them that they come alive, perhaps because it's enough to remind you of people whom you know so that they're not only fully fleshed out characters in your own mind, but also characters that you care about. Some people might criticize the novel for being overly simplistic, optimistic or "cheesy" but things end up working in the novel the way that I wished that they would in the real world, and it seems like the way that things would turn out if good people bravely made the decisions they know they should. Perhaps, as in the novel, we all just need magic cupcakes to make us see the world as it would be after we clean up the mess rather than focusing on the the mess we're cleaning.In brief, Close to Famous made me smile, and I think that it will make many others who read it smile as well. P.S. This book might also be nice for children who have or have had difficulties reading since the main character struggles with learning to read, even as a 12-year-old (and her reading troubles aren't neatly categorized as dyslexia).

  • Vinci
    2019-02-18 11:55

    My favourite character is called foster because she is a enthusiastic cooker and baker. Her dream is to have her own cooking T.V show and to be very famous just like her idol Sonny kroll. She first was living in Memphis then they moved into a tiny town called Culpepper. Her mother also has a dream. Her big dream was to be a headliner instead of a back up singer.Foster likes to bake and she always bakes cupcakes and sell them to earn money. Also she works at Miss Charleena's with Macon and Foster always bakes cupcakes and cookies for her. She then discovers that she and her mother isn't the only one with a dream. Macon's dream was to make documentary films. Also Foster has a very big secret and it is that she couldn't readMy favourite part of this book is when she was making the cupcakes and when she is bringing it up to sell them, she has accidentally tripped on the rough ground and started to bleed, But luckily Miss Charleena was there and drove her back home to take a rest. I like this part because it was very interesting especially when there were cliffhangers.I recommend this book for you because I think that you will like it and it grabs the readers attention. This book is a very interesting and it is for everyone to read. It is especially for you to read if you have a big dream like Foster, Macon and Foster's mother. Close to Famous

  • Alisha Davey
    2019-02-26 15:10

    I am in love with this book. I picked it up at 8 am and finished it at 2 pm the same day. Something about it from the beginning I just loved it. First, the tone of the book is very uplifting. Foster is going through a lot in her life but the way the book is written gives it a positive spin. I love that this book is realistic. Children everywhere are part of families that experience abuse and Foster has her own way of dealing with things. The overarching idea of her baking is what makes this book so different. The entire book I found myself wanting to have everything she was baking, even the chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes! I would use this in a classroom because it is uplifting and also because of Foster's reading issue. Many children have a hard time reading and are afraid to admit it. The way Foster went about learning how to read, from a cookbook, is intriguing and unique. I think that if a student is experiencing the same reading issues it would be helpful to hear about how someone else went about learning how to read in a untraditional fashion. I loved every aspect of this book and it is definitely on my list of books to bring into the classroom.

  • Olivia Dowicz
    2019-03-09 15:17

    This book was great! Personally, I love cupcakes and baking so for me it was a very interesting story to read. It was about a young girl named, Foster who loves baking and cupcakes! She admires the TV chef, Chef Sonny Kroll and wants to be just like him. Foster's dad was killed in the army and all she has to remember him is a pillowcase filled with memories. She has never really learned to read, but she is an excellent chef. She and her mother had to quickly leave Memphis to escape from her mother's abusive ex-boyfriend. They end up in a small town called, Culpepper, West Virginia. Foster meets so many people that welcome her into the new town. Macon, who wants to be a filmmaker, Percy, who wants to save the church from being sold, and Miss. Charleena, who wants to go back to her Hollywood life style career. Trouble comes to the town, but nothing keeps Foster from doing what she loves, baking!

  • Suzanne Gust
    2019-03-17 10:15

    This is one of the best Young Adult books I have ever read. It is about a little girl, Foster and her mother. They move to a different town when Foster's mom's boyfriend starts getting abusive. At first, Foster hates the new town, but then makes friends and never wants to leave. When I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! I loved Foster's character. She was very sassy and very grown up for how old she is. This book made me cry and made me laugh. It made me cry when she would talk about her dad (he died in the war in Iraq). She made me laugh when she would pretend that she had her own cooking show. It also loved following Foster learning to read with Miss Charleena. I would definitely read this book to my class. Students with reading disabilities could really relate with this book. Just because Foster couldn't read, didn't mean she wasn't smart. It amazed me how she could memorize cupcake recipes and spout them off. I really enjoyed this book.

  • Karen
    2019-03-08 14:04

    I enjoyed this book so much I really need to read more by this author. Love the backdrop of the main character being a good cook but a great baker, but not being able to read or write. She just memorizes recipes from the Food Network. I worked up an appetite reading about all the different cupcakes and muffins she baked. Some of my favorite lines from the book:- When Foster holds a cookbook she gets from the bookmobile over her heart, the librarian says, "That's where a book should be carried."- "There's nothing wrong with having a different way of learning. What's wrong is when people blame you for it."- "Cooking is about life. It gives us what we need to keep going, and it gives us something to share with other people.""But for now, I'm going to make the world a better place one cupcake at a time."A must read!!!!

  • Mrs. Nelson's
    2019-02-27 14:08

    Joan Bauer has a knack for writing books that take ordinary lives and highlight the extraordinary in them. Her latest book is no exception! "Close to Famous" follows Foster, who dreams of having her own cooking show, and her mother, Rayka, who wants to be more than just a backup singer. After a hasty departure from their apartment (due to a less than mellow Elvis impersonator) they end up in the tiny town of Culpepper. In Culpepper it seems that everyone has dreams that are bigger than their circumstances. After a rough start and some interference from the menacing Elvis they can't seem to shake off, Foster and Rayka thrive in this sweet small town. Bauer's book is full of heart, and best of all, gumption! It would be great for girls ages 9 - 12.--Review by Lauren

  • Laurie
    2019-02-20 14:13

    My only complaint about this book? It wasn't long enough! Bauer has a gift for creating memorable characters, and I would have loved to spend more time with Foster and her family and friends. Also, I was really hoping for recipes in the back. I really, really wanted a cupcake by the time I was finished reading this.

  • Hannah Cobb
    2019-03-09 10:14

    This charming book would be a great prequel for tweens who haven't read Hope was Here or Bauer's more serious novels yet. This shorter, sweeter, Bauer novel deals with learning disabilities, a young girl's journey to independence and self-assurance, and the wonderful world of cupcakes.

  • Patty
    2019-02-24 15:08

    Lovely tale of perseverance! Kids who are challenged by learning how to read will be able to relate this. Strong women in this book, too. Love that.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-18 12:09

    This was cute, light and fluffy.

  • Emily
    2019-02-21 15:10

    LOVE Joan Bauer! I always feel good about handing her books to teens- very clean and a positive message. And this one revolved around cupcakes- can't beat that!

  • Betsy
    2019-03-09 10:52

    I love Joan Bauer. Another fine addition to her already fantastic bibliography.

  • Eliza
    2019-02-19 09:52

    Cute. I loved it. I think Joan Bauer is one of my favorite authors.I think the reading level was for about ages 10-12 but I personally would not recommend it to my siblings until they're 12 maybe even 14 because of the fact that Foster and her mother are running away from the mother's abusive boyfriend.

  • Cristi-Lael
    2019-02-22 14:04

    3/75 starsA sweet story, as to be expected from Joan Bauer. I love her books because they talk about kids who might not have had the best life, but are still trying their best to best the best versions of themselves. These are books I want my daughters to read because I know they will have positive effects on my girls.

  • Sara
    2019-03-16 09:54

    A fun, moving, and very well written story of a realistic spirited and sometimes discouraged 7th grade girl who struggles with family and academics. Very well done. I loved it and so did my daughters.

  • Madison
    2019-03-20 13:08

    Joan Bauer's novel Close or Famous is a realistic fiction book that talks about a twelve year old girl that had a dream of having a reality TV show on Food Network, but has doubts in herself because she can't read. She lost her dad at war but baking helps her relieve all of her stress. Her and her mother were trying to escape from her mom's abusive boyfriend that is a Elvis impersonator. As they stubble upon a town they meet new and amazing people. I personally really enjoyed this book! It showed emotion and compassion but also happiness. I liked reading the adventures that Foster went on. I love how the author puts inspiring cooking tips on the bottom of some pages. I think this is a great book for teenagers and even younger kids! By reading the book some kids could relate to Fosters story and it could help who ever is reading it. Overall a really fun book to read!

  • Azalia
    2019-03-18 14:08

    ******** spoiler alert******** Have you ever wannet to make a place a better place with only food? Foster wants to do that but with one cupcake at a time.the genre of this book is realistic fiction cause someone like foster can have the same dream or goal. I thought those book was good cause it's based on things that happen in real life. The setting of this book takes place a little bit in Memphis and In a town in North Carolina. Foster is just an ordinary girl that likes cooking mostly cupcakes and her wish is to be in tv and show people how to cook, but her dad died in the army so her mother had a boyfriend but he punched her mother one day and they broke up and he got mad so one day he broke her mother window of the apartment by trowing a brick so they thought that they should move to another place so they could be safe and there foster got new friends she never saw her moms ex-boyfriends and there she met a Hollywood star but she still dint got her dream but her mother was a artist and she got a contract and everybody knew about fosters cupcakes and they all loved them. The conflict is person vs. self cause she needed to live up with her mother with no father and afraid that maybe one day her moms ex-boyfriend would find them and hurt her mother again. Foster is a person who I'd brave helps other people and wants to make the world a better place and also, she is a person that won't give up and she is really emotional. He mother is a person who is scared a lot does the right thing for her and foster and also, wants to make sure is she's safe wherever she is. I was surprised when her moms boyfriend trow a brick on her moms apartment just because they broke up and when they needed to go away far instead somewhere close. In the text it says " we have to go foster hurry pack up something fast." My favorite part was when foster met the Hollywood star and showed her how to read cause foster Didn't knew how to read she had problems on school. In the text it says" foster what about if I show you to read and you show me how to cook." Close to famous is a good tittle cause she dosent get famous and she either far away to getting famous and everybody knows her even sony a guy who does a cooking show. In the text it says" foster I liked your cupcakes and they taste delicious keep up the great work." I wished that her mom will find a Career as an artist and foster would have her dream come true." In the text it says " I got a career"( at the last 2 chapters). It ought the ending of this book was good cause like she fosters cupcakes were being more noticeable and her mom got a career as a singer.It thought this book was awesome cause it had a lot of twisted and it made it really interesting and also cause everything is in place is not like some other books that add stuff and don't really go with the book. 9 out of 10 cause the very beginning was kind of confusing but then it was getting really clear. I would recommend this book to people that like to read books that can or could happen to people in real life and also, people that like some drama in their books. I have wannet to make a place a better place but not with food I think for me with kindness and helping each other out.

  • Puppy Lover
    2019-03-13 12:14

    Close to FamousAuthor: Joan BauerBy: Puppy LoverYou don’t know the power of a cupcake until your life depends on it!! Foster’s life depends on cupcakes and you’ll have to read to find out how.Joan V has written 11 books for kids. Joan lives in Brooklyn, New York. Joan’s novels have won numerous awards among them a Newbery honor. Readers who like realistic books with good lessons for kids will enjoy this book. The setting in this book is in Culpepper West Virginia. In summer at a little house that Kitty and Lester are paying for. The main characters are Foster, Foster’s Mom Rakya, Macon Dillards, Miss Charlena, Kitty, and Lester. Everyone wants to help out a lot when it is in helping hands. Helping hands is a place for people who do not have money go to for food and shelter. They make sure that the people in helping hands are ok by making them food,, shelter, clothes, supplies and, toys. Everyone in Culpeper, West Virginia has a dream. Foster Mcfee wants to be a star chef like her idol Sonny Crol and have her own cooking show called Cooking with Foster. Macon Dillards wants to be a famous director. Foster’s Mom, Rakay, wants to be a famous singer. Miss Charlene is making her way back in Hollywood. Will all these dreams come true? What will happen to Foster and her mom after getting chased out of Memphis, Pennsylvania from Huck the Elvis fan! Where are they heading…SOMEWHERE? Find out in Close to Famous.Foster is an excellent cook in her hometown and her mom is a wonderful singer. Foster has lots of hope in this story and being brave in big scary things like when her dad died while in the army. One thing that I love in this book is that Foster can’t read but she can memorize recipes and make it perfectly. And I also love that she is helping at helping hands and making them food to eat for breakfast,lunch,dinner and 2 snacks in the day. In the story Foster and her mom move from Memphis Pennsylvania to West Virginia in the beginning of the story just because of moms crazy (EX boyfriend Huck). I am not a huge fan that Huck finds Foster and her mom in the book at the end instead of trying but can’t find Foster and her mom.I would give this book 5 stars because there is a lot of examples of standing up for yourself. And at the end of each chapter, you just want to keep reading and reading and reading some more- I promise. Have fun reading and good luck!!What will happen next? What will happen to Foster and her mom in their new town? What will happen to all of Fosters friends? Have all your questions answered in “Close to Famous”. Just for a warning-you will cry a lot (I did for sure) so grab a pack of tissues, a cozy blanket, and a pillow and get comfortable and read like crazy!!!!