Peace, Love, and Cupcakes. The Cupcake Club
by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk
Synopsis from Raincoast Books:
She’s a fourth grader with a big problem. How will she make friends at her new school? Should she tell her classmates she loves monster movies? Forget it. Play the part of a turnip in the school play? Disaster! Then Kylie comes up with a delicious idea: What if she starts a cupcake club? Soon Kylie’s club is spinning out tasty treats with the help of her fellow bakers and new friends. But when Meredith tries to sabotage the girls’ big cupcake party, will it be the end of the Cupcake Club?
My 10-year old is a huge cupcake fan so the new Peace, Love, and Cupcakes series has obvious appeal. The story of a middle school girl starting a cooking club that grows into a little business is a dream of many young cooks but the story also touches on other areas close to a young adolescent’s heart. Kylie’s struggle with fitting in, finding friends, and dealing with bullies are situations facing many middle school kids.
Although it is easy to talk about bullying, with a good girl and a bad girl, Peace, Love, and Cupcakes addresses the other side, when the victim retaliates and becomes what they hate most. I think this is a common reaction and is great to see in the book. The start of a budding friendship is also part of the storyline that I can only hope will develop through the series.
After reading Peace, Love, and Cupcakes. The Cupcake Club, my daughter developed a desire to make cupcakes for her class. The book makes it easy by providing recipes for some of the cupcakes talked about within the book. Although our school doesn’t allow baked goods in the class, my daughter still enjoyed making cupcakes for her family (and we enjoyed eating them).