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Close to Famous (edition 2011)

by Joan Bauer

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Title:Close to Famous
Authors:Joan Bauer
Info:Viking Juvenile (2011), Hardcover, 250 pages
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Tags:Read December 2012, Young Adult

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Story of hope. ( )
  OliviaGarcia | Jul 24, 2014 |
RGG: A feel good middle grade realistic fiction along the lines of Waiting for Normal or Gaby, Lost and Found. Bauer's twists are 6th grader Foster has ambitions to be a Food Network baker as well as a severe reading disability and her mother and she are on the run from her mother's abusive boyfriend. There is the subtlest of romantic plot lines, very appropriate to 6th grade. Reading Level: 10-12; FP: S-T.
  rgruberexcel | Jan 10, 2014 |
This powerfully written novel by Joan Bauer tells the story of young Foster, who moves from Memphis with her single mother (her father was killed in the war on Iraq) to a very small rural town, and attempts to cope and to fit in, all while hiding the secret that she has a severe learning disability and cannot read. One of her favorite mechanisms for coping with life and change is baking cupcakes, and she dreams of having her own show on the Food Network someday. Many quirky and unusual characters come into Foster's life, including one who will eventually teach her to read, and they all play important roles in helping her to build her identity and their own. This would be an excellent novel to read with upper elementary or middle school students, teaching them the power of acceptance, forgiveness, and friendship. ( )
  SweetBeeBecky | Dec 4, 2013 |
This book was an enjoyable read. It is the story of a 12 year old girl named Foster, whose life in many ways is far from ideal. Foster lost her father to the war in Iraq, leaves her hometown of Memphis suddenly due to her mother’s abusive boyfriend, and hides a very personal secret which limits her in school and holds her back in everyday life. The big secret is that Foster can not read but she has developed ways to cope – methods to remember things, a list of excuses to use to avoid reading and writing in front of others, and a genuine, magnetic personality that touches the heart of everyone she meets. She becomes endeared in her new community due to her caring, selfless personality and her fabulous ability to bake the very best cupcakes and muffins. The story tells of how she cultivates friendships and acceptance in the small community and struggles to overcome her inability and fear of reading with the help of her new friends.
The author did an excellent job developing the type of quirky, yet interesting characters you may find in a small, rural community. Each is likable despite their personal flaws. The author is so good at making her characters come alive in the dialogues, I felt I could hear their individual voices. The author incorporates current trends in this work – the growing love for the Food Network and cupcake baking in particular, and the love of our teens in recording events and producing their own films on small personal devices. The portrayed difficulties and emotions of the young girl will cause even reluctant and slow readers to empathize with her and read until they learn of the outcome of her struggles. An excellent, feel good book which touches on issues of particular importance to teens; acceptance, friendship, perseverance, and self worth. ( )
  linda987 | Oct 3, 2013 |
Foster loves to bake - she watches the Food Network all the time and memorizes the recipes. She has to, she can't read them. When she and her mother leave Memphis suddenly due to her mother's over zealous ex-boyfriend, Foster tries to start over in her new town by doing what she does best: baking. The town quickly realizes that Foster has real talent, and she has the drive needed to learn to read.

I really liked how Foster worked with what she had to make the biggest difference she could. It felt "unconventional" in the fact that baking was her forte, and usually you don't see that in children or children's books, but it is a great way to get young readers thinking about what "unconventional" talent they might have. ( )
  agrudzien | Jul 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670012823, Hardcover)

Foster McFee dreams of having her own cooking show like her idol, celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Macon Dillard's goal is to be a documentary filmmaker. Foster's mother Rayka longs to be a headliner instead of a back-up singer. And Miss Charleena plans a triumphant return to Hollywood. Everyone has a dream, but nobody is even close to famous in the little town of Culpepper. Until some unexpected events shake the town and its inhabitants-and put their big ambitions to the test. Full of humor, unforgettable characters, surprises, and lots and lots of heart, this is Joan Bauer at her most engaging.

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Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.… (more)

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