The Thing About Leftovers

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Fizzy is 12 years old, not an easy age, and after her parents divorce, she and Mom move to a new town — a town where she has no friends, the wrong clothes, and hateful teachers. Dad gets remarried, and he and his wife start a new family. Then Mom is marrying Keene, and they want kids. Fizzy just isn’t enough of a family. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere and is just a leftover. When Keene moves in everything changes. Fizzy no longer gets to cook—her real passion—can’t leave any of her stuff out, and doesn’t even get to watch TV with Mom. But Fizzy tries to be perfect and not bother anyone. The only things that keep her going are her new friends, Miyoko and Zach, her Aunt Liz, and her desire to win a cooking contest.

Author C. C. 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!

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books
Publish Date 19-Jul-2016
ISBN 9780399172045 Buy this Book
Issue September 2016
Category Tweens


  1. Rose G.

    This book is really something special! Although I read ALL THE TIME (never watch TV), it’s been years since a book moved me like this one did. I laughed a lot. But I also laid in bed sobbing until tears dripped into my ears (and I’m not even from a broken home)! Then I laughed some more! It’s something EVERYONE should read–kids, parents, stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, counselors, pastors, and humans!

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