Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

February 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Summary: Foster McFee dreams of having her own cooking show like her idol, celebrity chef Sonny Kroll. Macon Dillard’s goal is to be a documentary filmmaker. Foster’s mother Rayka longs to be a headliner instead of a back-up singer. And Miss Charleena plans a triumphant return to Hollywood. Everyone has a dream, but nobody is even close to famous in the little town of Culpepper. Until some unexpected events shake the town and its inhabitants and put their big ambitions to the test.

Close to Famous
is a notable book because it is encouraging, there is a lot of pretending, and it forces you to read on. At the end of each chapter I was eager to learn what happens in the next chapter.
Foster, a teenage girl lost her dad in the Vietnam War. His medals were sent to Foster and her mom and they keep his belongings in a pillowcase with the medals. Foster sometimes sleeps with the pillowcase when she is  sad. Foster’s mom has an ex-boyfriend who is pretending to be Elvis Presley. He is mean to Foster’s mom and yells at Foster. She and her mother drive to another town and a helpful couple lets them stay in a camping van called, the “Silver Bullet”. For five years, Foster watched a cooking show, so she learned to make delicious cupcakes. In the camping van, she cook cupcakes for a restaurant in town and pretends to have a cooking show when no one is around. When Foster tried to learn how to read she couldn’t concentrate enough.
Foster shares a lot of her feelings in this book. In every chapter, Foster bakes a new kind of cupcake and this made me want to eat one right then. She is encouraged by Ms Charleena, who is patient, to try to learn to read. The message in this book is that even if you’re a teenager, you can do things that adults do. – Elliot

I thought this book was awesome. It kept me turning the pages and wanting to know more. I really hope there is a sequel because the author left me hanging. – Olivia

This book is the best book ever!! This book is great because you don’t know what will happen next. The Elvis impersonator gets everything going, it starts the book in a great way.-Eric

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