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The Cupcake Queen

by Heather Hepler

Publisher: Dutton Children's Books

ISBN: 9780525421573

Date: 2009

Pages: 256

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When her mom decides to leave Manhattan and open a cupcake bakery in Hog's Hollow, Penny gets dragged along. She doesn't know how she'll survive high school without her lifelong friends and big-city comforts. To make matters worse, her father is staying behind, and Mom isn't talking about what the future holds for them. And as if that weren't enough, Penny's clumsiness leads to a cupcake-avalanche mishap at the Queen Bee's birthday party that instantly  makes her a social pariah.

But small town life isn't all bad. Penny finds bright spots in Hog's HOllow - like the art studio and her free-spirited friend Tally. Then there's Marcus, the cute and enigmatic boy who is always running on the beach... and into Penny.

Just when Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again. This novel about love, creativity, and accepting life's unexpected turns is a sweet confection brimming with charm, humor, and romance.

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Author Heather Hepler

about Heather...

She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain. -- Louisa May Alcott

for this book

"... an endearing and poignant story about standing up to adversity and finding peace in what is, rather than holding out for what could be... makes for layered teen reading."
— Publishers Weekly

"... Hepler's novel is greater than the sum of its parts, held together by Penny's genuine voice and emotions."
— Kirkus Reviews