Harper, Charise Mericle Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes, 192 pgs. Houghton Mifflin, 2013. $15.99 Content: G. Grace’s school class is having a school fair and the kids get to vote on the theme. Grace’s best friend Mimi has an idea for a candy fair, but Grace trumps her idea with a cupcake fair that all the other students vote for. Grace and Mimi have a small falling out, but Grace makes things better with Mimi and they are able to enjoy the cupcake fair.
I like the Just Grace series because I think that the characters have typical friend troubles or growing up troubles and the main character goes about fixing them in a kind and reasonable way. The book has little illustrations throughout that are cartoonish and fun. My ten year old daughter and I read this together and she loved it. It seems to be geared towards 3rd or 4th grade girls.
EL-ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.