Carrie Berk

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Carrie Berk
Born
Occupation
Years active2012–present
Notable work
The Cupcake Club
Fashion Academy
Ask Emma
Websitewww.carrieberk.com

Carrie Berk (born c. 2003) is an American writer, blogger, activist, and actor. With her mother Sheryl Berk, she has co-authored three children's and young adult novel series: The Cupcake Club, Fashion Academy, and Ask Emma. Berk is also the author of a style website, Carrie's Chronicles, and is an anti-bullying activist.

Life and career[edit]

Berk spent much of her early life in New York City. Her mother is Sheryl Berk,[1] an editor, journalist, and author known primarily for her work as a celebrity ghostwriter and founding editor in chief of Life & Style Weekly.[2] The elder Berk co-wrote 2004's Soul Surfer which was adapted into a 2011 film of the same name.[1] Carrie Berk also showed interest in writing at a young age and started her own cupcake review blog, Carrie's Cupcake Critique,[3] at age 7. While in second grade at PS 6 in Manhattan, Berk developed an idea for a book involving a cupcake club.[1] She took the idea to her mother who, in turn, took it to her literary agent.[3]

In 2012, The Cupcake Club novel series was launched with the first book, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, written by Berk and her mother.[4] It was published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.[3] That book inspired an off-Broadway musical of the same name with the Vital Theatre Company which ran for the first time in March and April 2014. At that time, four books had been published in The Cupcake Club series.[5]

In July 2015, Berk and her mother released their second book series collaboration in Fashion Academy.[6] That book also inspired an eponymous off-Broadway musical that was staged for the first time in October 2015 by the Vital Theatre Company.[7] In July 2017, a production of Peace, Love and Cupcakes was staged at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). The show was done in alignment with NoBully.org.[8] Berk starred in the production and was given an NYMF award for "Outstanding Individual Performance".[9] In December 2017, she launched Carrie's Chronicles,[10] which is described as a "style empowerment" website.[9]

In May 2018,[11] Berk and her mother started a third book series with the release of Ask Emma on Little Bee Books/Bonnier.[12] The book follows the main character, Emma Woods, who writes a school advice column and must deal with cyberbullying.[13] Later that year,[14] Berk, in her role as teen ambassador for NoBully.org,[15] scripted and recorded a "Girls Against Bullying" video with other teen celebrities for the organization in January 2019.[16] Also that month, the second book in the Ask Emma series, Frenemies, was released.[15]

Bibliography[edit]

The Cupcake Club[edit]

Year Title Original publisher Notes
2012 Peace, Love, and Cupcakes Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Co-written with Sheryl Berk
Recipe for Trouble
2013 Winner Bakes All
Icing on the Cake
2014 Baby Cakes
Royal Icing
2015 Sugar and Spice
Sweet Victory
2016 Bakers on Board
Vote for Cupcakes!
2017 Hugs and Sprinkles
Cupcakes are Forever

Fashion Academy[edit]

Year Title Original publisher Notes
2015 Fashion Academy Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Co-written with Sheryl Berk
2016 Runway Ready
Designer Drama
2017 Model Madness
Fashion Face-Off

Ask Emma[edit]

Year Title Original publisher Notes
2018 Ask Emma Little Bee Books Co-written with Sheryl Berk
2019 Frenemies
Boy Trouble

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Salamone, Gina (13 May 2012). "New York school inspires 9-year-old author". New York Daily News. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ Boog, Jason (30 March 2012). "9-Year-Old Author Throws Cupcake Book Party". AdWeek.
  3. ^ a b c Juris, Carolyn (12 March 2013). "Meet the Mother-Daughter Pair Behind the Cupcake Club". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Young author Carrie Berk has recipe for success". The Washington Post. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ Alfiero, Gabrielle (20 March 2014). "Peace Love and Cupcakes". The Spirit. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Book Review: 'The Fashion Academy' by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk". Sahar's Blog. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ Graeber, Laurel (15 October 2015). "Spare Times for Children for Oct. 16-22". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Betsy (11 July 2017). "9 Shows Not to Miss at This Year's New York Musical Festival". Playbill. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Interview with Bestselling author, fashion & lifestyle blogger and influencer Carrie Berk". Naluda. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  10. ^ Nitara, Antonia (5 July 2018). "Meet Carrie Berk of Carrie's Chronicles". Bossy Lady Brand. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Spring 2018 Children's Announcements: Publishers G-M". Publishers Weekly. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  12. ^ "ASK EMMA Middle Grade Book Review + Giveaway". About A Mom. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Carrie Berk Shares the Inspiration Behind Ask Emma, Overcoming Bullying, and Inspiring Others". Yay OMG. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  14. ^ Pena, Willie (18 October 2018). "Teen author Carrie Berk does her part to help end bullying in America". Teens Wanna Know. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b Ciccone, Tara (9 January 2019). "Teen author, blogger, and advocate, Carrie Berk, dishes on her success and what's to come!". Bella. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  16. ^ Dalbey, Beth (25 January 2019). "'Girls Against Bullying': Teen Celeb Video Sends Powerful Message". Patch. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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