The Thing About Leftovers

The Thing About LeftoversThe Thing About Leftovers
by C.C. Payne
Grades 4 & up

Fizzy feels like leftovers — and nobody likes leftovers. With her parents divorce and her father’s remarrying, she has moved to a new house and a new middle school in a new part of town where she doesn’t quite fit in. She doesn’t feel like she belongs at her old house where her father still lives or at her new house because of her mother’s new boyfriend. No matter how hard she tries she can’t help but make mistakes and she worries that her next mistake will be her last chance. The only place she truly feels comfortable is cooking and she pours her heart and soul into the Southern Living cook-off. Fizzy is realistic about her own short comings and gives voice to many of the worries that middle schoolers feel, that they just aren’t good enough. Realistic and poignant, with a dash of laughs sprinkled throughout for relief, the only thing this book was missing was recipes for the amazing dishes that Fizzy made. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

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