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Eliza Bing is (not) a big, fat quitter

by Van Vleet, Carmella.

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Bridgeville Public Library Public Library Children's Fiction JUV FIC VAN
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Public Library Children's Fiction
Call Number  JUV FIC VAN
Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Fiction J FIC VAN
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Juv Fiction
Call Number  J FIC VAN
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j VAN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j VAN
Robinson Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC VAN VLEET
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC VAN VLEET

In this uplifting debut novel about determination and the rewards of hard work, a preteen girl struggling with ADHD must stick with a summer taekwondo class to prove that she's dedicated enough to pursue her true passion of cake decorating.

Eliza has had many hobbies in her eleven years, and most of them haven't lasted very long. After she and her friend Tony create a baking business for a class project, Eliza is certain that cake decorating is her destiny. Her parents insist that the summer "Cakes with Caroline" class is too expensive, given Eliza's history of quickly losing interest in things. Desperate to show them that she can be diligent, she volunteers to take her brother's unwanted spot in a taekwondo class. At first, Eliza has absolutely no interest in martial arts, and taekwondo is a huge challenge for her since she has ADHD. Eliza is tempted to drop out right away, especially when mean girl Madison shows up in class. But a true martial artist never quits. Can Eliza rise to the challenge?

A 2015 Christopher Award Winner in the Books for Young People Category

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Eleven-year-old aspiring baker Eliza Bing is excited to take a summer baking class with her pal Tony. But family financial challenges mean it's a no-go; worse, Tony is enrolling without her, and Eliza learns her parents believe that given her history of not finishing things, she'd likely quit anyway. Then her brother drops his tae kwon do class, and Eliza steps in, hoping that if she sees something through, her parents will let her take the baking class come fall. But tae kwon do is surprisingly difficult from learning kicks to etiquette to terminology and her ADHD can make it hard to concentrate; plus, school mean girl Madison is also in the class. As frustrations mount, and a rift with Tony deepens, Eliza nears bowing out. But she finds unexpected rewards, including self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and even friendships. Narrated by Eliza in conversational prose, this engaging read features abundant tae kwon do details and a likable, lively, realistically drawn protagonist whose strengths, successes, and challenges, including coping with ADHD, are sympathetically and supportively depicted. Includes author notes tae kwon do pronunciations.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Van Vleet, the author of several nonfiction books for children, takes a strong first step into middle-grade fiction with this novel about an 11-year-old with ADHD. Eliza's parents dash her dream of taking a summer cake-decorating class with a celebrity TV pastry chef, saying that it's too expensive and that she will soon lose interest. Resolute, Eliza strikes a deal with them: if she fills (and keeps) the spot in a taekwondo class that her brother quit, she can take the cake class in the fall. Developing the concentration, memory skills, and self-confidence that the martial art demands is an enormous challenge for the easily distracted Eliza; some readers may grow tired of the detailed accounts of Eliza's taekwondo classes. But the story's other tangents-including Eliza's longing for acceptance among her peers, her pain at being snubbed by her best friend, and her resentment of her mother's preoccupation with her job-are easy to identify and sympathize with. Lively dialogue, quick-moving snippet-style chapters, and believable family interactions give this story additional kick. Ages 7-11. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Tae kwon do -- Juvenile fiction.
Martial arts -- Juvenile fiction.
Determination (Personality trait) -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Juvenile fiction.
Tae kwon do -- Fiction.
Martial arts -- Fiction.
Determination (Personality trait) -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Eliza Bing isn't a big, fat quitter
Language English
Description 165 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780823429448 (hbk.)
082342944X (hbk.)
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