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Waiting on Wednesday: Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


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 inhabitantsÑand put their big ambitions to the test. Full of humor, unforgettable characters, surprises, and lots and lots of heart, this is Joan Bauer at her most engaging.

About the Author

Joan Bauer has won critical acclaim for her many books, which include the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here as well as Rules of the Road, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012824


  1. Sounds good, I like the cover. Those cupcakes are so popular right now. I know my son's gf loves to make and decorate them.
    Happy Reading!
    Joy at Books and Life

  2. This sounds great! I love the cover too, Great pick :)

  3. I really like Joan Bauer, especially Hope Was Here and Best Foot Forward. Glad to see another title!


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