The Cupcake Queen by Heather HeplerThe Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Cupcake Queen

byHeather Hepler

Paperback | May 27, 2010

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When Penny moves to Hog's Hollow from New York City, her life changes drastically. Penny's mom now runs a cupcake bakery, and Penny is stuck helping out. But that isn't the worst of it. Not only did she leave her friends back home, but her dad stayed behind too. And then there's Charity, resident mean girl who's out to get Penny. With all this, Penny still finds some things to like: Tally and Blake...and Marcus - the cute, quiet boy who runs on the beach every night. But just when Penny begins to accept her new life, she's forced to make a choice that will change everything.
Heather Hepler grew up in North Texas. She has lived in Reno, on the coast of Maine, in the interior of Alaska, and near Death Valley, but she currently is being held against her will in Tyler, Texas. She holds a Master's in Library Science from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Souther...
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Title:The Cupcake QueenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 27, 2010Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142416681

ISBN - 13:9780142416686

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute read! I have to admit that I’m a sucker for any book that might have something to do with food. I absolutely love books that involve cooking or baking, even if they always give me the urge to cook or bake! I noticed Heather Hepler’s book, The Cupcake Queen, while wandering through the teen section of my public library. I had already picked out a few books to take out, but when I saw the beautiful cupcakes on the cover, I couldn’t resist! Unlike cupcakes–which can be quite heavy!–The Cupcake Queen is a pretty light read. It’s one of those “fish out of water” books, where the main character, Penny, is uprooted from her favourite place, New York, to a small town. Her parents are having problems, so Penny’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop far from home. But being far from home means other problems for Penny–starting her life at a new school, meeting new friends, and making new enemies. This was a very cute read. There was some predictability about the whole book, BUT there were also some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. It was easy to relate to the main character, Penny, and her new best friend, Tally. It was also easy to hate the villains of the novel — namely, Charity and her posse of friends. My only real problem with the book (ok, there are a few problems) is that it was just a little too light. There are some serious topics that could have been dealt with a little more, like divorce and bullying. There also were a few things that weren’t really explained, such as Marcus — the boy that Penny crushes on — who ignores Penny at school, but talks to her all too easy when they’re alone. It just seemed a little weird to me (and to Penny), but it was never really explained why he did that. However, even though I had a few qualms with the novel, it was still an enjoyable read. Perhaps a little too juvenile a read, but it wasn’t too bad.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from read better i have read way way better books than this and i story was nothing really new :( it bored me :(
Date published: 2010-06-29

Editorial Reviews

"Genuine voice and emotions." - Kirkus Reviews