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The Thing About Leftovers by [Payne, C.C.]
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Length: 284 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 14 Grade Level: 5 - 6

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Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old Fizzy has endured a fair amount of change in her life since her parents' divorce. After moving to a new town, she realizes that she has no friends, does not wear the right clothes, doesn't bring the right type of lunch, and doesn't live in the right type of house. Fizzy's chronically late to school, thanks mostly to her mother's tendency to "run late." She hates math and gym, and the teachers of both those classes seem to hate her. Fizzy feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere—not at school, not at home with her mom, not with her mom's new boyfriend, and not at her father's home, where her new stepmother makes everything seem perfect. She feels like a leftover and wonders if winning the Southern Living cook-off might make her parents appreciate her. Though her parents try hard to remain civil with each other and involved in her life, they are each caught up in starting anew, leaving Fizzy feeling adrift. Luckily, she has her cooking, her Aunt Liz to keep her spirits up, and two new friends, Miyoko and Zach, who seem to understand her and appreciate her humor. Fizzy's first-person narration is by turns hilarious and poignant as she struggles to find her voice. VERDICT While there are no tragic issues, the subjects of divorce and middle school drama are well handled. Tween readers will appreciate this gentle read as they empathize with Fizzy's feelings of inadequacy and root for her success.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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"Payne has written a perfect story for middle-graders. It hits a lot of things kids worry about most. The voice of Fizzy in this first-person narrative is pitch perfect. This may capture the experience of children of divorce better than any book out there and deserves readership beyond a middle-grade audience. A winner!" -San Francisco Book Review            

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  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399172041
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (July 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0177AGNZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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