Close to Famous

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Puffin, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
37 Reviews
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.

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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

Foster and her Mama move to a small town that is in trouble but the town takes them in and helps them both grow and become stronger people. Foster and Mama also help those in town. Love the food angle. Lots of fun. Read full review

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Close to Famous is an amazing book. It is told from the point of view of Foster Mcfee, the main character. Foster and her mother gets chased out of Memphis by a scary Elvis impersonator. Now, Foster ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Joan Bauer is the author of many books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here, and the L.A. Times Book Prize forRules of the Road. The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here andClose to Famous, which also received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers.

School Library Journal says, "When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny characters, Bauer is in a class by herself."
Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

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