Close to Famous

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Penguin, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
20 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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User Review  - agrudzien - LibraryThing

Foster loves to bake - she watches the Food Network all the time and memorizes the recipes. She has to, she can't read them. When she and her mother leave Memphis suddenly due to her mother's over ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
14
Section 4
23
Section 5
29
Section 6
36
Section 7
44
Section 8
51
Section 19
137
Section 20
144
Section 21
151
Section 22
159
Section 23
165
Section 24
174
Section 25
185
Section 26
191

Section 9
55
Section 10
64
Section 11
69
Section 12
77
Section 13
85
Section 14
92
Section 15
103
Section 16
112
Section 17
121
Section 18
128
Section 27
198
Section 28
204
Section 29
211
Section 30
216
Section 31
223
Section 32
230
Section 33
240
Section 34
247
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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 www.joanbauer.com.

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