Title: Close To Famous
Author: Joan Bauer
Recommendation: Good Read
Level: Middle/High School
Summary: A novel full of heart, humor, and charm from Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer! When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.
Review: Easy, simple, good read. This book sped by. The characters were loveable, and some even a little bit quirky. I enjoyed seeing how people from such different worlds were able to work together, surprising even themselves. This plot was simple and the story line easy to follow, making for a quick read. This book would be great for struggling readers and anyone who has a dream.