How perfect is that cover? WANT!
And if that alone doesn't sell you (I mean really, what more do you need?) here's the description of the book:
Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of being an actress and being in front of the camera. When that dream comes true and she's offered a T.V. commercial spot, she's over-the-moon happy. But then she finds out what exactly she'll be advertising: the delectable, ever-popular brownies from BEATRICE'S BROWNIES, which just so happns to be the number one competitor to IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES—owned by her best friend, Isabel's, family.
Sophie has a tough choice to make: Follow her dreams or crush her best friend.
What's a girl to do?
If you've been following my blog for a while, you already know that I'm a huge fan of anything Lisa Schroeder writes (if you haven't tried any of her books you NEED to--they are AMAZING!) But this one I was especially excited about, because, well, it's middle grade--and also because it's a companion novel to IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES, which is such a fun, sweet, adorable book (not to mention it has cupcakes in it--need I say more??????) And this time it's Sophie's story--which is awesome because Sophie is one of my favorite characters in the first book.
Honestly, I'm not usually as much of a fan of contemporary middle grade (I know, I know--what's wrong with me? I just love fantasy too much, I guess). But I LOVE these books. Lisa has such a knack for creating real, endearing characters and she lets their stories unfold so honestly and gently that I totally don't miss that there are no fairies or unicorns or secret worlds within worlds. And in the process, she manages to create a story that feels like it's real, like if you went to a little town in Oregon you'd totally find a shop called It's Raining Cupcakes and two best friends inside giggling over frosting. Man I wish that were true--I would so be there! But alas, I guess I'll just have to settle for reading about it. :)
Which is why I'm so extra excited that tomorrow I can finally go buy my shiny hardcover copy of SPRINKLES AND SECRETS!!!! And while I'm there I'll be picking up an extra copy to give away to one of you guys!!!!!!!!
To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, October 1st (extra long contest this time, since I'll be out of town this weekend). I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, October 2nd. International entries welcome.
For more middle grade love, make sure you check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere:
- Barbara Watson is featuring PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES. Click HERE to learn all about it.
- Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth is showcasing BURN. Click HERE to see why she loves it.
- Joanne Fritz is spotlighting PIE. Click HERE to see her review.
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring WE ARE NOT EATEN BY YAKS--with an author interview and a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details.
- Deb Marshall is raving about A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT. Click HERE to see why she thinks it's awesome.
- Danika Dinsmore is highlighting WISE CHILD. Click HERE to see what she says.
And if you want to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. It's easier if you email me before Monday, that way your link will be included in the post from the moment it goes live. But if you decide to spontaneously join the fun, I do update the post at several points throughout the Monday. Just email me a link and I'll add you when I do!