Thursday, April 7, 2011

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Publisher:  Viking (Penguin Group)
Publish Date:  February 3, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-670-01282-4
Pages: 256
Cover Design:  Nancy Brennan
Middle Grade (ages 11 & up)

Joan Bauer has done a beautiful job!  This is a delightful story of a young girl who dreams big.

Foster McFee is in 6th grade and she is an amazing baker.  The only thing keeping her down is that she can't read.  Her Dad died in Iraq and now it's just her and her Mama.  Her Mama sings backup for an Elvis impersonator...for now.

Before long, they're on the road - Foster with her baking supplies and her Mama with a black eye.  They end up in the tiny town of Culpepper, West Virginia .  There's a lot going on for such a small town and Foster is in the midst of it.

Foster is a strong character and will be great for young girls!

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