Cake By Author Joyce Magnin Review


Image Courtesy of Joyce Magnin Website

*Disclosure ~ I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Joyce Magnin is the author of the popular Bright’s Pond Series as well as the middle grade novel Carrying Mason.  She has three children and three grandsons.  Joyce lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their cat Mango.  Her guilty pleasure?  American Idol!


*Taken from the book jacket.

Wilma Sue seems destined to go from one foster home to the next – until she is sent to live with sisters and missionaries Ruth and Naomi.  Do they really care about Wilma Sue, or are they just looking for a Cinderella-style farmhand to help raise chickens and bake cakes?

As Wilma Sue adjusts to her new surroundings and helps deliver “special” cakes, she realizes there’s something strange going on.  Wilma Sue starts looking for secret ingredients, and along the way she makes a new friend, Penny.

When Penny and her mother hit a rough patch, Wilma Sue decides to make her own version of cake – with disastrous results.  Then tragedy strikes the chickens, and all fingers point to Wilma Sue – just when she was starting to believe she could at last find a permanent home with Ruth and Naomi.  will the sisters turn her out, or will she discover what it feels like to be truly loved?


Cake is a well written chapter book.  The cover is a little deceiving as it leads you to believe two things that really aren’t true.  One that it’s geared towards girls however our son loved it!  I’m sure that our granddaughter will as well but the point being it’s great for both genders.  Secondly it appears to be a light read.   However the message is pretty serious.  Now, I don’t know that that really came across to my son although he did feel bad for Wilma Sue he didn’t seem sad or have a desire to stop reading the book.  Joyce does a great job of writing the story so that it appeals to children and makes them want to keep reading till the end!  This is the first book we’ve read by Joyce but I can tell you we will be reading more!  From a parents perspective I always love a book that not only makes my children and grandchildren want to read but teaches a lesson in the process.  This does a great job with both.

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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.

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