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It's Raining Cupcakes - series
by Lisa Schroeder

Book Summary

Each book in this trio with overlapping characters can be read independently, or in any order without any confusion, but It's Raining Cupcakes is technically the first book.

mother is opening a bakery, but she doubts herself. Isabel works hard to make the opening day a success, while she gets to know her new neighbors and spends time with her best friend, Sophie. When Sophie tells Isabel about a baking contest, Isabel isn't sure she has the time or the talent to try.
It's Raining Cupcakes book cover
It's Raining Cupcakes
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Sprinkles and Secrets

Sophie gets an audition for a commercial, and acting is her passion, but it's an ad for a gigantic chain brownie store that might put Isabel's family cupcake shop out of business. Sophie spends a lot of time trying to figure out how to do the right thing.

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Frosting and Friendship

Lily joins a mother-daughter book club, but the other members like to bake. Lily is a failure in the kitchen, but can't bring herself to say so at the first meeting. Things snowball until Lily is planning a surprise party, including dessert, for one friend, while she tries to work on her real passion - her music - with other friends.

Book Review

The focus of each book is mostly about self-awareness, communicating honestly with friends, and pursuing a specific dream. Recipes are included as a fun text feature. This isn't a trio that will work for an in-depth book study, because the messages and writing are fairly straightforward, but the books are likely to appeal to a segment of readers who are trying to navigate their own friendships and goals. There is some interest in boys presented in the books, but the contact is not actually dating, and those interests are not the primary concern in any story. The content would probably suit interested advanced third graders, and be a good fit for struggling sixth grade readers.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Being True to Yourself
  • Friendship
  • Setting Goals/Following Dreams
  • Balancing Priorities
  • Honest Communication
  • Baking; Acting; Music

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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