Reviews for Frosting and Friendship


Booklist Reviews 2013 September #2
In spite of the title and chapter titles sporting names of sweet treats, Lily knows she is no baker. Wanting to make new friends beyond her peer 12-year-old band members, she's joined a mother-daughter book group populated by enthusiastic cooks. When one of her book-club acquaintances prevails on Lily to host a birthday party for another club member, Lily is aided by her parents and her older sister in dealing with the blurring boundaries of her social life and her own interests. A satisfying follow-up for girls who loved It's Raining Cupcakes (2010), which featured a different member of the cast. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall
Twelve-year-old Lily's plate is full with songwriting and band practice, so when her book club decides to double as a baking club, Lily panics--she (secretly) can't bake. Juggling commitments, Lily loses focus on her band's upcoming big audition. The conflict resolves sweetly, and readers will cheer Lily on as she learns the importance of honesty between friends and with oneself.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 August #1
An impetuous decision to improve her meager baking skills leads to culinary mishaps and friendship woes for middle school musician Lily. Having recently formed a band with two friends, Lily is ready for her role as lead singer. An upcoming audition for a chance to perform at her school increases Lily's determination to make their fledgling band a success. However, a request to co-host a surprise birthday party for a mutual friend poses a distraction. In this engaging addition to the series (Sprinkles and Secrets, 2011), Schroeder addresses friendship dilemmas familiar to preteen readers as Lily struggles to reconcile her yearning to fit in with the need to be herself. For Lily, agreeing to help Isabel with Sophie's 13th birthday party represents an opportunity to demonstrate her BFF potential to Sophie. But in her eagerness to belong, Lily feigns an interest and aptitude in baking she does not possess. When the party preparations--including her comically calamitous baking endeavors--interfere with her band, Lily must decide what is more important: pretending to be just like someone else or proudly pursuing her dreams. Ultimately, Lily's choice to celebrate her unique abilities and interests affirms readers' rights to do the same. (Fiction. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 December

Gr 4-8--Whoever coined the saying "as easy as pie" had apparently never met Lily Hubbard. Gourmet desserts, band rehearsals, Spring Fling auditions, homework, and much more keep the 12-year-old busy. Juggling all of these commitments turns disastrous when Lily agrees to host a surprise birthday party for a close friend, Sophie, who attends a different school. To impress Sophie's new friends, and despite her past kitchen disasters, Lily agrees to bake a decadent dessert for the celebration. She soon finds herself covered in flour and ditching her band to practice her baking skills. In the end, she must come clean about who she is, deciding if baking or singing is more important. Schroeder's realistic dialogue and depiction of daily dramas show her strong grasp of middle-school life. The combination of baking and bands will initially attract many girls, but it's the short chapters and simple diction that keep the plot cooking. Readers will be drawn to the well-delineated, quirky Lily. They'll empathize with her, ponder her dilemmas, and cheer her on to make the right decisions. The sugary sweet message that you must be yourself to create authentic friendships is not grasped by Lily until the final chapter, allowing readers to discover this message independently.--Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT

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