With the humor and poignancy that Joan Bauer and also Lynda Mullaly Hunt, this story reminds readers the they have a right to a voice, that it"s okay to say how you feel, and also that some leftovers are absolutely delicious!  Fizzy is a an excellent Southern girl who simply wants to be perfect. And win the southerly Living cook-off. The being perfect component is difficult though, because her parents’ divorced and also everything in her life has changed. Wary of her too-perfect stepmom and also her mom’s neat-freak, dismissive boyfriend, she’s regularly angry or upset and feels prefer a guest in both homes. She tells herself to confront facts: She’s a “leftover” child from a marital relationship that she parents want to forget. However she has to keep every one of that to herself, due to the fact that a great Southern girl never ever yells, or throw fits, or claims anything that could hurt various other people’s feelings—instead she throws she shoulders back, claims yes ma’am, and tries to do better. Therefore Fizzy tries her best, but it’s tough to stay quiet when her family members keeps getting more complicated. Fortunately, the southern Living cook-off provides her a welcome distraction, as carry out her brand-new friends Miyoko and also Zach, who have actually parent issues of your own.

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C. C. Payne
(www.ccpayne.net) was born and raised in Kentucky by a family chock-full that superb storytellers. In ~ the age of seven, she became a voracious reader. She says, “The house could’ve fallen down about my ears, and I would’ve just thought, go this mean I need to put my publication down?” She also wrote other to song About, which was nominated for a Children’s Crown Award and also a Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and also Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the challenges of negative Hair.

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Praise for The Thing around Leftovers:“Fizzy’s first-person narration is by transforms hilarious and also poignant as she battles to uncover her voice . . . The topics of divorce and also middle institution drama space well handled. Tween readers will appreciate this gentle check out as lock empathize with Fizzy’s feeling of inadequacy and root for she success.”—School Library Journal“Payne offers plenty of realistic detail here about Fizzy"s slowly evolving relationships through her parents, stepparents, and brand-new friends . . . Her growth feels authentic and also her progress well-earned. Readers enduring family obstacles of their very own will laugh and also cry through Fizzy, rejoicing together she cooks up rather the satisfying brand-new life because that herself.”—Kirkus evaluate "The Thing around Leftovers is a fun read around a severe topic . . . Kids of blended households will relate come Fizzy’s thoughts and also emotions. A thought-provoking read for parents and children alike."—VOYA “With part really solid emotionally insights and also an energetic, engaging style, this will certainly enlighten middle-school readers trying to kind through the complexities that family situations they didn’t ask for however need elegant to attend to nonetheless.”—BCCB“Hauntingly specific portrayal that a young girl’s turmoil after her parents’ divorce . . . Together they begin new families and new relationships, Fizzy feeling frazzled, alone, and also aching for the previous . . . Payne’s personalities give such exciting perspectives from ‘leftover kids’ the it might inspire some readers come reinspect their very own relationships. The plot and characters space bluntly realistic, and also Fizzy’s story should resonate through those trying to find their place in a newly blended family.”—Booklist 

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