Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets

By Eric Luper

May 01, 2011 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Lauren Dawn
 
 

Genre: Fiction

Number of pages: 239

What is the basic story line?

After accidentally damaging his dad's boat, 11-year-old Jeremy Bender and his friend Slater go on a mission to earn $470 to repair it before his dad finds out. One day, they see a poster for the Windjammer Whirl, a model-boat race with a grand prize of $500. The fact that the contest is for Cupcake Cadets—a troop for girls only—doesn't stop them. The two friends dress up as girls and join the troop. Jeremy and Slater soon learn that being a Cupcake Cadet is no easy task. The cadets must earn badges and sell $100 worth of cupcakes before entering the Windjammer Whirl. Jeremy and Slater try to earn many badges, but their attempts all end in disaster. Will Slater and Jeremy be able to earn badges and sell enough cupcakes to compete in the Windjammer Whirl, or will the troop discover their secret? You'll have to read the book to find out!

Are the characters believable?

The adventures that Jeremy and Slater experience are not intended to be real, but to provide readers with a funny and engaging story. I highly doubt that two boys would dress up as Cupcake Cadets and pretend to be girls. But some of the characters are believable. Jeremy's sister, for example, is in high school and does things that teenagers do, like talking on the phone and painting her nails.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book an 8. Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets is a good choice for kids who enjoy a humorous story. The book has an interesting story line with many plot twists and problems. It's an easy and enjoyable read that is sure to keep you turning the pages.

 

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