"I did a mean thing. A very mean thing. I HATEthat I did it. But I did. This is worse than carrot juice on a cupcake or a wasp on my pillow or a dress that s too tight at the neck." In the third installment from the team who created "Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie" and "Like Bug Juice on a Burger," Eleanor s relationship with her best friend, Pearl, experiences its first growing pains. When a glamorous new student transfers to school, at first Eleanor s excited about the possibility of a new friend. But when Pearl is assigned to be the new girl s buddy, Eleanor fears she can t compete. To make matters worse, Eleanor s been chosen for the lead role 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, young readers will relate to Eleanor as she navigates the bittersweet waters of growing up. Praise for "Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake"STARRED REVIEW "Sternberg again displays her talent at putting Eleanor on the horns of a common youthful dilemma in accessible prose." --"Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books," starred review "This is another very true-to-life story about the challenges of growing up. Julie Sternberg captures young emotions so perfectly " --"School Library Monthly " "The measures Eleanor takes to right her wrongs and rise to challenges are beautifully revealed in Sternberg s spare text, which leaves plenty of room for the reader to empathize. Like Eleanor, this series continues to grow and blossom." --"Booklist" "The pen and ink drawings capture facial expressions and emotions quite well. A good addition for most early-chapter-book collections.""" --"School Library Journal" "