Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Write a Book by Age 9? Piece of Cake

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Write a Book by Age 9? Piece of Cake

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What do you get when you take a 9-year-old girl who loves cupcakes -- and who helps other students in her New York City school solve their problems -- and you add in her mom, a professional writer?

The answer: "Peace, Love and Cupcakes" by Sheryl Berk (the mom) and Carrie Berk (the 9-year-old). The book is the first of four planned for The Cupcake Club series.

So whose idea was this series of books?

Carrie: I was having a sleepover with my friend, and she was reading something and said, "Wouldn't a cupcake book be good?" So I started to write down what the characters and the plot would be, and I showed it to my mom.

Why are cupcakes so special?

Carrie: Cupcakes have the decoration, the frosting, the filling and the cake. Other desserts, like brownies, don't have the other elements.

This story is also about a serious topic for kids, bullying. How did you decide to write about that?

Carrie: In school, I'm a peer mediator, and I go around and talk to kids and see if they have problems. …

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