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The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake

Written by Sarah Webb

Part of the The Songbird Cafe Girls Series

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LoveReading View on The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake

March 15 Book of the Month  When her TV presenter mum flies off to Australia for two months, thirteen year old Mollie is sent to stay with the great-grandma she hardly knows on the tiny island of Little Bird. She feels like Dorothy landing in Oz, everything is totally different to what she knows. Though she gets off to a bad start, making an enemy of one of the few other girls who live on the island, helping out in the Songbird Café gives her a different perspective on the island, and she soon makes friends. This is perfectly pitched for pre-teen readers. Sarah Webb gets Mollie’s voice spot on, and the emotional journey she makes is totally convincing. The setting is delightful, and the cast of island characters so lovely everyone will want to live there.   ~ Andrea Reece

A letter from the author ~

Dear Reader,

I’ve always loved books about islands: Enid Blyton’s Five on a Treasure Island and The Secret Island; the wonderful Irish adventure Island of the Great Yellow Ox by Walter Macken; the Anne of Green Gables books, which are set on Prince Edward Island in Canada; and a very old book called The Swiss Family Robinson, which my mum used to read to me, and is about a family who are stranded on a desert island.

A few years ago, I stayed in a yurt (a round Mongolian tent) on a small island called Cape Clear. It was so quiet, so peaceful. There was no traffic noise, only the odd dog barking and birds calling. One night as I lay on the grass, looking at the stars – there were so many glittering above me that I saw not one but two shooting stars – I started to think about what it might be like to live on a small island.

I decided I’d like to create and write stories about my very own island, Little Bird. At its heart would be a very special cafe, the Songbird Cafe − a place where everyone on the island meets. And then I introduced Mollie Cinnamon, a girl who is used to city life, and I stood back and watched the island’s magic cast its spell on her.

I hope you have the chance to visit a stunning island like Cape Clear one day. Until then, you can read about Mollie and her journey from city slicker to island girl.

Best and many wishes,

Sarah XXX

P. S. For teacher’s notes on using Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake in the classroom, see


The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake Synopsis

After a visit to the Songbird Cafe on Little Bird Island, it seems dreams really can come true... First book in a heartwarming series about friendship, family and wishes for readers aged 9 years and up.

Will Mollie ever find a place to call home? Mollie is stuck on a tiny island with her great-grandmother while her mum travels the world filming her new TV series. Mollie is so bored and lonely until she makes friends with Sunny and Alanna at the Songbird Cafe. Disaster strikes, though, when the cafe is threatened with closure. Can the new friends work together to save it?

The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Lucie Harrison, age 12 - 'a 'sweet' story of a girl who is sent to stay on a deserted island for two months, and finds a friend  (and a sweet tooth!) in the Songbird Cafe.' Read full review >
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'You must read this!! it was very funny, it made me laugh out-loud!' Read full review >
  • Dulcie Johnson, age 11 - 'This is a really brilliant book that is emotional in parts and is funny too.  I really enjoyed reading this and couldn't put it down. Mollie's an interesting character who I'd like to read more about.' Read full review >
  • Cajsa Jonsson, age 9 - 'A great story about family, friendships and enemies. A book full of unpredictability, emotions and realism. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 11 - 'a heartwarming tale of finding friendship in unlikely places, and how the impossible can be achieved when friends work together.' Read full review >
  • Sophie, age 10 - 'I really loved this books - a great family story that made me laugh, cry and go all warm and fuzzy inside...if you like Cathy Cassidy then you'll love this!' Read full review >
  • Emma Stephenson, age 11 - 'I love this book because it is similar to things that happen in real life, emotional but fun. I couldn't put it down. If you like realistic stories this is a book for you. Great for girls age 8 over.' Read full review >
  • Ella Day - 'This is a fun book and is great to read if you just want to relax and sink into a good story.' Read full review >
  • Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12 - 'An exciting story about Mollie who is on the island of Little Bird. She would rather be anywhere else because there is nothing to do and she doesn't have any friends.......yet!' Read full review >
  • Molly Betts, age 9 - 'I liked the book The Songbird Café because Mollie Cinnamon learnt to stand up to bullies and love her family, including Nan, even if she is annoying (at times) in the story.' Read full review >
  • Beth Urquhart, age 8 and her mum - 'This is a great book with good portrayal of relationships without being too grown up which can be a danger with "family issues" type books.' Read full review >
  • Ida Johnson, age 8 - 'I wish I lived on Little Bird Island with Mollie and her friends! I loved reading this fun story.'  Read full review >

The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake Press Reviews

Praise for the Ask Amy Green series:

‘A fab and funny read’ Cathy Cassidy 

‘Fabulously funny; this is a brilliant read’ Mizz magazine 

‘A cracking book.’ RTE 

‘Hilarious, hugely diverting and full of wisdom. Highly recommended.’ The School Librarian

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ISBN: 9781406348354
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406348354
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Sarah Webb
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Sarah Webb

Sarah Webb has written seven bestselling novels including, ‘When the Boys Are Away’, ‘Take a Chance’, and ‘Always the Bridesmaid’. Her books have been published in many different countries including the U.S. and Indonesia. She has also written four children’s books, has contributed short stories to many collections including ‘Moments’, and has compiled and edited two charity collections of her own, ‘Travelling Light’ and ‘Mum’s the Word’. Sarah studied Arts in Trinity College, Dublin and worked in the book trade for many years ...

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