Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Major character is important to the development and resolution of the conflict. In other words, the plot and resolution of conflict revolves around this character. Violet Maple is a major character because she poses conflict when the recipe book is missing and bring to an end / resolution when she found back Grandma Maple’s recipe book. She is also a totally amazing girl detective with the ability to bake the tastiest cakes ever. She has been known to have ‘Maple Meltdowns’ while mystery solving. She worries about everything all the time. She was five when she first baked a cake with her Grandma Maple. Some of the cakes that Violet baked are Blue Tart, Sparkle Buns, Eight Layer Chocolate, and The Mystery Swirls.
Mariella Mystery is brilliantly talented at detective work. She is also a big fan of cakes baked by Violet, and most other types of cake. This evidence can be found in page 13.  She is smart as a whip, super sleuthy, and able to solve most mysterious mysteries and perplexing problems in no time flat. Mariella Mystery is aged nine and a bit. She knows that all good detectives write down important information about their investigations. She and Poppy will try their best to calm Violet down. She have a brother named Arthur. She is a
 “I know I like cake” in page 14.
“I hope there is loads of free cake” in page 20
He is Mariella Maple’s little brother. He begs the Mystery Girls to tell Bake or Bake he is seven, not five and a half so he can enter the competition. . This evidence can be found in page 14.
Grandma Maple is really well known in Puddleford as the only person to win the Puddleford Summer Fete’s ‘Best Bake Show’ award ten years in a row. One of her recipes, the Maple Marvel, became famous after it received the highest score. She keeps all her recipes Top Secret. . This evidence can be found in page 15

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          I thought that from the cover, Mariella Mystery looked girly and much too young for me, but reading it I found that it was not as bad as it first seemed. I still think it is too young for me but only by about a year or two. I would recommend this book to 7 and up. The best part is this book is in pink and the illustrations are way too cute and I cannot resist buying. This is a shortest book and a good reader who likes the story could be read in about 2-3 days, for a person who is not enjoying the book and a slow reader perhaps 5-6 days. The trendy topic of a baking show is a smart move on Pankhurst’s part and the familiar format of a Great British Bake-Off style scene works well as the playground for this nifty mystery. Little bakers will enjoy the delicious details of the contestants’ creations and the mystery saboteur will keep everyone guessing until the final pages. Luckily for younger readers, Mariella is on hand to explain all the detective lingo, so words like ‘saboteur’ won’t be a problem either.

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Mission: Convince Harriet and Spencer that Primula is a MASSIVE Cheat.

Poppy, Violet and Mariella arrived at the marquee early to talk to Harriet Blythington and Spencer Spokes. In this baking challenge if the contestants make a mistake, paper plates filled with cream will be all over their faces. But things were not going according to their plan because the judges were busy. Meanwhile, Arthur was seen on the big screen from the kitchen. There was announcement; the final challenge is going to be a Tombola Challenge. The contestants will get random ingredients out of a giant tombola and have to bake a cake using it. Mariella was framed for trying to sabotage Bake or Break. Everything seems fine until Violet opened he cupboard. Violet shoved a bag in Mariella’s hand. Mariella then ended up to Patsy’s mother and the bag slipped. There is evidence in the bag. Harriet banned Mariella and Poppy from ever returning to Bake or Break. Mariella tried to explain but no one listens. Luckily Violet was not kicked out too. Mariella and Poppy knew that this will be the end of the Mystery Girls. No one will trust a group of mystery-solvers who have been banned from cheating. Suddenly, some new evidence approached. Violet came running to Mariella and Poppy while Arthur was following behind. She tells them that Primula was not the saboteur. Mariella writes down Arthur’s new information. During dinner time, Mariella managed to get the facts about the Children Part Challenge. Mariella then suspected Patsy Eclair about the way she managed to pull her Eiffel Tower cake together at the last minute.the Mystery Girls are trying to find a way back to the competiton.
7.       THURSDAY 15TH MAY
Mission: STOP this madness!

        It is the last day of the competiton and it is their last chance to solve the cupcake condrum. Mariella is in her bedroom doing some research and have just found the Bake or Break – the Year of the Scandal. This is not the first time there has been sabotage at Bake or Break. Valerie Bloggins the scandal last time looks familiar to Mariella but she still did not know who. Mariella and Poppy is going to pretend to be official mascots. Poppy remembered the cake costume Arthur was wearing and had a genius idea of using it as a disguise. Mariella and Poppy are going to undercover as giant cakes. Poppy also made a convincing fake Bake or Break Official Mascot Badges. Mariella brings along her Mystery Kit inside her cake outfit. They managed to get into the backstage and heard Oliver talking to his parents. The Mystery Girls thought that Oliver was not the saboteur. They also overheard Marie’s mother and Primula. Both of them does not seem to be doing anything suspicious. She is always showing off in front the TV camera. Suddenly, Mariella heard Patsy talking to her mother. Patsy calls her mother, by her first name, Valerie. Mariella thought that she have knew that name before but she could not remember when. Mariella and Poppy was trying to figure out what Patsy’s mother was up to. Mariella then remembered the Bake or Break Annual. She remembered that Valerie Boggins and Valerie Eclair is the same person. She has return with her daughter to win the competition and take revenge for what had happened long ago. At the kitchen area, the contestants lined up to pick their mystery ingredient out of the tombola. It was like Patsy is going to use Violet’s grandma secret recipe. Mariella darted behind Patsy when she opened her cupboard. Patsy shoved Mariella to one side and Mariella slipped. The cupcake icing hood of Mariella’s costume slipped back over her head. Mariella tries to explain. Patsy’s mother was too angry and her handbag flew out of her graps. Granma Maple’s recipe book is in her bag. Harriet Blythington banned Patsy Eclair and Valerie Eclair from Bake or Break forever.
8.     FRIDAY 16TH MAY
What’s next for the Mystery Girls?

Things went a bit crazy after the Mystery Girls revealed what Patsy and her mother were up to. The Tombola Challenge was abandoned and The Show-Stopper Challenge was back on. Violet won the second place.  

PART 1 | PART 2 

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Today the Mystery Girls completed an important mission. Mariella Mystery and her friends’ help Violet Maple gets through to the finals of Bake or Break, a cooking competition for kids. Prince of Annoyingness, Arthur Mystery claims to be Mariella Maple’s little brother. He begs the Mystery Girls to tell Bake or Bake he is seven, not five and a half so he can enter too. Mariella and Poppy needs to gain access to the auditions so they enter the competition themselves. Violet has a book which is full of useful baking information and has helped Violet think up loads of brilliant ideas for her own recipes, Grandma Maple’s recipe book. Violet has Maple Meltdown (worries and concerns) during the competition so, Mariella alerts Poppy and they bang pots and pans to regain Violet’s attention. Poppy takes out her cake out of the oven and finds that it makes a weird fizzing noise and then explodes. Violet is still panic by that time luckily there was Poppy to calm her down by fanning her with a tea towel. The Talent Spotter then tasted the contestant’s cake and the first was Mariella’s. She looks as if she would throw up but Violet Mystery Cake is through to the next audition.
2.       TUESDAY 6TH MAY

Violet had to go to the next round of auditions and she is through to the finals of Bake or Break, on actual TV. Their school field is chosen as the location for the competition. Mariella and Poppy is going to support Violet there. Violet is still worrying about what will actually be like in the competition. It is the Mystery Girls job to calm her. She is so nervous that her baking is rubbish compared to the other contestants. They also do not know who the other four contestants are because the auditions have been held all around the country. Violet also learned to bake with her Grandma Maple. Grandma Maple is away on a cookery cruise. She posted Violet her recipe book. Violet has been adding to the recipe book her cake ideas. She wants Grandma Maple to read when she gets back.
3.       FRIDAY 9TH MAY
They have been watching past series of Bake or Break after school and Violet is getting nervous. She has to face four different baking challenges over four days. The four different baking challenges are The Cupcake Challenge, The Picnic Hamper Challenge, The Children’s Party Challenge and The Show-Stopper Challenge. Poppy is worried that she could not make her Show-Stopper recipe because the judges are very tough. Harriet Blythington and Spencer Spokes are the Bake or Break judges.
4.       MONDAY 12TH MAY
It is the first day of Bake or Break, Mariella and Poppy have got VIP passes. Arthur is jealous and keeps carrying his Bake or Break Annual to impress the Mystery Girls because he desperately wanted to be one of them. Mariella and Poppy have got good seats close to the baking action, the judges and all the contestants walked out Savior of School Dinners Marie Sloops, Princess Cake of Perfection Primula Gordon, Bake or Break Baking Boffin Oliver Picket, Young Icing Expert Patsy Éclair and also Violet Maple the grand-daughter of Puddleford’s most famous baker and creator of the most mysterious cakes in town. The contestants start to set up their workspaces for the Cupcake Challenge and as usual Violet has Maple Meltdown. Mariella distract Violet’s mum and dad because she needs to calm Violet down. Violet was getting hysterical because she finds that her Granda Maple’s recipe book is lost. Mariella was suspicious that someone must have taken it. Mariella and Poppy’s mystery senses were tuned in so it was their job to solve the mystery: A Cupcake Condrum. Even though, Violet is very distracted by the pressures of Bake or Break she is able to give detailed statement to Mariella and Poppy about what had happened. Their suspicions are correct, somebody, a contestant, a judge or a member of a crew has stolen Grandma Maple’s recipe book!
5.       TUESDAY 13TH MAY

The Mystery Girls have narrowed down a list of their top suspects, looked at the facts and tried to work out what their motive could be. In the Young Super Sleuth’s Handbook they list out their suspect’s activity. Mariella and Poppy are going to pretend to do interviews for the school newspaper. They will be watching for unusual behavior and clues. They are going to start their fake interviews for the school newspaper with the contestants’ parents. In this chapter, the Mystery Girls write down their interviews in the Young Super Sleuth’s Handbook. It actually does not make the suspects look guilty but Mariella is writing everything happening when the Picnic Hamper Challenge starts. Mariella also describes the contestants’ cakes. Violet tells them that she has not experienced anything suspicious but not for long there was a huge crash coming from the marquee. Mariella knew that it was the cake saboteur at work. They found out Violet’s lemon meringue pie is lying next to Marie’s pie. There was a voice from inside Primula’s enormous pie. It was primula’s little sister, Charlotte inside. Mariella then suspected that Primula is the cake saboteur. During the Mystery Girls were analyzing the photos they took before, they heard a squeaky voice. It was Arthur wearing a giant padded cupcake and Mariella pretend that she did not recognize that fancy dress outfit because she was embarrassed. Unfortunately, Violet and Poppy remembered that Mariella have worn it before.


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The genre of this story is mystery fiction. Mariella, Violet and Poppy are the Mystery Girls. There is no mystery too mysterious and no puzzle too puzzling for this team to take on. But even super-sleuths need time off from solving mysteries, so when Mariella and Poppy decide to use their detective skills to help fellow Mystery Girl and all round amazing baker Violet Maple get into the TV finals of the ‘Bake or Break’ competition they seem like an unstoppable team. After all, detectives have to be calm and level-headed in all sorts of tricky situations. But mystery is never far away, and when the competition is sabotaged by a cupcake criminal it is up to the Mystery Girls to find out who is causing baking chaos. Mariella’s case book is a fabulous little read for aspiring sleuths.
Besides, action is also the genre of this story. An action story is similar to adventure, and the protagonist usually takes a risky turn, which leads to desperate situations including explosions, fight scenes, daring escapes and others. For example in page 106, Primula is trying to frame Violet, and she had handed over a bag full of evidence to Marriella. Mariela need to escape from that situation but she get caught. Action and adventure are usually categorized together sometimes even as "action-adventure" because they have much in common. An adventure story is about a protagonist who journeys to epic or distant places to accomplish something. Mariella Mystery Investigates: The Cupcake Condrum is an action-adventure story because the Mystery Girls has a mission which is they must find out who stole Violet’s Grandma Maple’s recipe book. The protagonist has a mission and faces obstacles to get to his destination. In this story Mariella was framed for sabotaging the Bake or Break competition so Poppy and her need to pretend to be official mascots. They need to try and sneak in to the competition to solve the mystery.  

Lastly, this story is humorous. It means a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain readers. Humorous is a story that tells about a series of funny or comical events, intended to make the audience laugh. It is a very open genre, and thus crosses over with many other genres on a frequent basis. This story have many hilarious terms such as ‘Whatdunuits’, ‘Whydunits’, ‘Maple Meltdown’ and many more. Not just that the illustrations in the book pages are also full of fun and excitement which will not be a boring book to read.

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Kate Pankhrust spend most of her time illustrating and writing stuff for children from her weavers cottage in Leeds with the help of a mental spotty dog called Olive. She lives with her partner and two house rabbits. She has a passion for drawing snails, peculiar people, dogs, monsters and girl detectives. She illustrated of all things funny and yucky for children, doing books mostly and drawing unusual people the rest of the time. An important part of Kate’s practice involves working with children and young people to help them develop their creative abilities. This gives her lots of inspiration for her own illustrations. She is pleased that this has led to a very exciting career as an illustrator. She has illustrated lots of fantastic stories by authors including Judy Blume, Steve Hartley and Julia Jarman over the past ten years. At the moment she is amazingly excited about a new series of books that she have both written and illustrated about a girl detective called Mariella Mystery. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, in 2002. Kate was the highest placed undergraduate in the Macmillan Prize for Picture Book Illustration. She returned to Preston to study an MA in Children’s Book Illustration and over the past 10 years has worked on over 40 children’s books with lots of exciting authors and publishers. Kate Pankhurst work with schools, libraries and cultural organizations to run fun creative workshops for children and young people that inspire ideas and enthusiasm for reading, writing and drawing. She is represented by the friendly folk at Plum Pudding Illustration agency.

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Some of her Picture Books Projects are Little Dragon, Big Red Balloon, Monsters!, Little Red Riding Hood, Who's a Cheeky Baby? and Captain Pike Looks After the Baby. Whereas her Young Fiction Projects are My Naughty Little Puppy, Make Friends Break friends, Danny Baker Record Breaker, Weird Street, The Pain and the Great One, Wasim and Mariella Mystery, which is the book series I have chosen to review.
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This book is first published in Great Britian in 2013 by Orion Children’s Books a division of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd. It has 174 pages and the cover is in cute pink. The illustration is also very unusual and interesting. This is the second series of Mariella Mystery. The first series is Mariella Mystery Investigates: The Ghostly Guinea Pig. Meanwhile the new series after Mariella Mystery Investigates: The Cupcake Condrum is Mariella Mystery Investigates: The Huge Hair Scare.

Mariella is aged nine and a bit, but is not going to let that stop her becoming a world famous detective. With a little help from the Mystery Girls and the Young Super Sleuth’s Club, there is no problem too perplexing, no mystery too mysterious for Mariella. In this top-secret journal, Mariella Mystery Investigates: A Cupcake Condrum, she tackles the case of who is trying to sabotage the Puddleford baking contest with important clues and observations, helpful drawings, and handy tips for new detectives. Early readers will be hooked on this mystery chapter book from page one.

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Mariella Mystery : The Cupcake Condrum book review

I have been doing a little review on this book . it was actually my assignment and it was a little hard to find answers from Google . so i thought that this will might help someone searching the same questions like me:

ladybugTHE GENRE
         PART 1 | PART 2
ladybugISSUES ..coming soon
ladybugCRITICAL ANALYSIS ..coming soon

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Feeling grrrrr >.< ( frustrated)

This Blogger apps is making me lose my temper !!

It is not working on my precious Note 2 .
I only can edit the title and not writing a post . That is why im writing in this dayre app.

Actually im trying to write a post about whats happening to me nowadays .. im getting easily angry at my younger brother . Why? 

Sometimes , i do hate them (both are boys) maybe that is why im not suitable to get along with them .

Ppl always say boys and girls cannot get along because of different interest.

FYI, my first brother is 6 year younger and my second brother is almost 12 year younger than me . (Im making things complicated)

What i actually dislike about my 6year-younger-than-me-brother .. he have no manners . Why?

He said that , he shouldnt have watch his manners with me . I am a nobody to him .


Should i be the blame? He said it himself .
Okayy that wasnt a point actually . Maybe he is unmatured yet to say stuff like that . So i didnt take it too serious .

What make me angry is today i just ask him to do a LITTLE favour . Not big !


Thats it . Izzit too hard for him to take it ? I know i can take it by myself . But though the pillow is near to him . He was already standing there . .

This is my 6year-younger-than-me-brother (Please ignore the towel hanging above his head or that he is covered with blanket . He always likes to be covered with blanket) The pillow he "gave" me earlier and i put it back where it was before just to take photo and upload here