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In LIKE CARROT JUICE ON A CUPCAKE, the third book in the Eleanor series, Eleanor does a mean thing–a very mean thing–to a new girl at school, and to her best friend. Then she must try to make things right. To make matters worse, Eleanor’s been chosen for the lead in the springtime musical, which means she has to sing a solo in front of the entire school! From overcoming stage fright to having a secret crush, Eleanor again navigates the bittersweet waters of growing up.

Illustration by Matthew Cordell



An Amazon Best Book of 2014, for kids ages 6-8


Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books’ Stellar Series List


2014 Nerdy Award for Early Readers and Chapter Books


2014 Cybils Finalist, Easy Readers & Early Chapter Books


Junior Library Guild Selection



“This is another very true-to-life story about the challenges of growing up. Julie Sternberg captures young emotions so perfectly!” -School Library Monthly


“Sternberg again displays her talent at putting Eleanor on the horns of a common youthful dilemma in accessible prose, while her perceptive portrayal of the way a misstep can turn into a downward spiral …conveys a lifelong truth about the ways relationships start to deteriorate. There’s also some keen acknowledgment of the way other factors…can heighten a central emotional quandary.” -The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review


“The measures Eleanor takes to right her wrongs and rise to these challenges are beautifully revealed in Sternberg’s spare text, which leaves plenty of room for the reader to empathize—and also room for Cordell’s diverting spot art. Like Eleanor, this series continues to grow and blossom.” - Booklist

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