Monday, March 1, 2010

It's Raining Cupcakes

It's Raining Cupcakes
Lisa Schroeder

A fire escape is really not
an escape at all.
Traveling to New York, 
now that would be an escape.

Isabel lives in Willow, Oregon.  She hates that she's never been outside of Oregon.  And she has a plan to change that!  She's entering a baking contest for kids and the finalists get to travel to New York City.

Isabel's family is opening a cupcake shop in Willow called It's Raining Cupcakes.  So, naturally she'll enter a cupcake recipe, right?  Right?  Maybe.  She can't decide. It's complicated.  A lot of things are complicated for Isabel this summer.

Besides the contest, her relationships are complicated.  She's jealous and a tad annoyed with her BFF Sophie.  Isabel wants her mother to be happy.  That seems impossible.  Isabel wants to be happy too.  Can they both be happy at once?

It's Raining Cupcakes is a great book.  Isabel is real and you want to root for her.  You feel her struggle to make herself and everyone else happy.  You feel her love for her mother.  You understand her relationship with Sophie.  Isabel makes you love her.   And want to bake cupcakes.  At least I wanted to bake after I was finished reading It's Raining Cupcakes.

Recommendation: I recommend this book for 5th-8th grade girls.  Especially those struggling with their moms.  I'd also recommend for moms of 5th-8th grade girls who are struggling with their daughters.  
Length: 193 pages (including two yummy recipes)
Rating: All Time!

It's Raining Cupcakes is available on March 9.  Click here to order from Barnes & Noble
You can learn more about Lisa Schroeder on her website

I love It's Raining Cupcakes so much that I'm going to give my copy away (you know the old saying, if you love something set it free).  One entry for each of the following:
1. follow the blog (Click on follow in the right hand column)
2. leave a comment telling me your favorite cupcake flavor
3. tweet about the contest (@aimeebartis)

I'll have an interview with Lisa on the blog next Tuesday, March 9 to celebrate It's Raining Cupcake's release!


  1. I follow the blog. And my favorite flavor is chocolate with vanilla frosting.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  2. Lovely giveaway! Is it international? My sister might want to join :) Do let me know!

  3. If this is international, I'm in!

    +1 follower
    +1 Favorite cupcake flavor: chocolate peanut butter

    Thank you!
    *email in profile

  4. +1 follower

    +1 favorite cupcake flavor: chocolate

    +1 tweeted:

    (Only enter me if this is international)

    Oh, and I also posted a sidebar link in my blog for your contest. Just want to help spread the word, even just a little.
    Fragments of Life.

  5. I just became a follower and thanks for the contest! My favorite cupcake is yellow with fudge frosting. Yum, Yum. Oh, and sprinkles! Mustn't forget sprinkles!

    (I have a mother/daughter novel coming out in July with Scholastic . . . :-) THE HEALING SPELL.)

  6. I'm a new follower.
    I tweeted (@justJoanS)
    My favorite cupcake is chocolate chocolate chip with chocolate fudge icing . . . I think I'm addicted to chocolate. ;-)

    Thanks for this fun contest!

  7. YAY! Great contest. I adore Lisa Schroeder!

    +following blog
    +favorite cupcake flavor: white cupcake with strawberry frosting



  8. I just found your blog randonly and love it! I'm a former middle school teacher and fellow Chihuahua lover :)

    (oh and my favorite cupcakes are vanilla with vanilla)

  9. Pick me, pick me!

    I followed +1
    Chocolate with more chocolate +1
    I twittered +1

  10. I read an early draft of this book and I think I gained three pounds doing it. I LOVE CUPCAKES.
    Mmmmm, red velvet.

  11. This might be bad...I decided to learn to knit after reading a book about a woman who opens a yarn shop. Now I might have to bake cupcakes all the time thanks to Lisa's book :-))

    I just started following your blog, and my favorite cupcake flavor is dutch chocolate!

  12. My favorite cupcake flavor is vanilla. I think it goes better with the frosting.
    I can't wait to read this one-I love Lisa's books!
    greenbeanteenqueen at gmail dot com

  13. I love, love, love, Lisa's books! You are so generous to give your copy away.

    +1 new follower

    +1 my favorite cupcake is funfetti w/ cream cheese frosting

    Thanks! :-)

  14. What a fun contest! My favorite cupcake is chocolate with chocolate icing!

  15. What a great giveaway! Please enter me if this is international as I'm in the UK. I am a follower and I have tweeted (

    My favourite cupcake is chocolate :) YUM!

  16. Pumpkin spice is my favorite. :) Or anything with frosting will suffice.

  17. I would love to enter!

    My favorite type of cupcake is a vanilla one with cream cheese icing.

    Also I'm now a follower. :)

  18. I am so looking forward to reading Lisa's book!

    Favorite cupcake flavor is vanilla, with orange icing.

    Will tweet about your contest.

  19. Ooh - I LOVE cupcakes. My favorite frosting is vanilla with jimmies.

  20. Do I have to choose just one cupcake flavor? It's hard!

    * Chocolate with chocolate icing and sprinkles.
    * Coffee with chocolate icing and smashed chocolate coated coffee bean topping.
    * Vanilla with fresh whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and a smidge of lemon juice on top.

    I've been eyeing "It's Raining Cupcakes" in the store for a while now...thanks for the great contest! (And for the follow back!)