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To Heather Hepler about "The Cupcake Queen"

Kayla Laymance, 5th grade
Sunbright School
4th - 6th Grade


Dear Heather Hepler, 

     Like Penny in The Cupcake Queen, I lived in a small town where I hardly had any friends, I was picked on at school, and my mom was always busy. I wasn't a new kid like Penny, but it was hard for me to fit in at school. Like Penny, some people said I was a know-it-all, people played pranks on me, and started rumors about me that weren't true. I felt like this story was about me and my life but you just got my name wrong!
     Also like Penny, my mom has a business and is often tied up. I know my parents love me, but some nights it's constant phone calls for my mom and my dad usually doesn't get home from work until late. Sometimes I feel like I don't have anyone at home by my side. 
     Before I read your book, I felt like I was the only one in the world with these problems, and I didn't have much self-confidence. Neither did Penny. But, when I read about how she entered a contest and won, it gave me the courage to enter a speech contest at school. I won!
     When Penny made friends with Tally, I was encouraged to make new friends too. I realized that maybe I could have more friends if I treated others the way I'd like to be treated. I tried to be nice by showing interest when people were talking to me, being happy for other people's accomplishments, and not feeling jealous if somebody won something besides me. By trying to be more like Penny and Tally, I made several new friends. This made me feel like I belonged in the world.
     Reading about Penny made me realize that I'm not the only one who has been picked on at school or felt lonely. Her success with making friends and winning contests inspired me to change how I look at things. I now feel like I'm not alone anymore. My self confidence has improved a bunch. I feel better about my life. I know now that things can change in my life and that my future lies in my hands. 

                                                                              Your reader,
                                                                              Kayla Laymance