Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
This contemporary fiction is so tasty. Foster doesn't want her reading disability to stand in her way of becoming a television food star. She is immediately moved out of Memphis because of an abusive situation of her mother by mom's boyfriend. They leave so quickly that Foster left without her father's belongings. She had saved so many memorable items. They are so meaningful to her because her father was killed in Iraq.
Foster likes the idea that she got away from the situation in Memphis. It is Foster who gives support to her mom to become a headliner - not just a backup singer for that abusive friend. She ends up in Culpepper, West Virginia. She still feels as if she has to hide her reading disability. Just barely passing sixth grade still resonates in her mind. Foster gets help and support from the most unexpected characters. In the back of the book is a recipe, of course, for awesome cupcakes. There are also several book discussion questions written out to think about at your leisure. I liked all the baking metaphors, but I really appreciated how the story all blended together.
* 2014 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee *