Sometimes you have no other options. The only way that you can be saved, is to do what no middle school boy should ever have to do. You must…dress up like a girl. In the book Jeremy Bender Vs. The Cupcake Cadets by Eric Luper, Jeremy’s only option is to become a Cupcake Cadet. He has totally trashed the engine to his father’s boat, and the only way he can get the money to repair it before dad finds out is to become a Cupcake Cadet. Once a cadet, he must win the annual model sailboat race.
You can probably guess what happens, and you might think that his book is going to be super predictable. However, having a pretty good idea how it will end, didn’t stop me from enjoying getting there one bit. This book could be super popular with middle grade readers.
Boys dressing up like girls+a bully+a crush+a few twist and turns= A great middle grade read.
Well done, Mr. Luper.