Book Talk: ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG FAT QUITTER by Carmella Van Vleet

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.

The only thing Eliza Bing wants this summer is to take a cake decorating class with her best friend Tony at the community center. But with her dad going back to school and mom picking up as many extra shifts as possible, the entry fee is a little steep… and everyone knows that Eliza’s ADD means she might not be interested for long. When her older brother decides the Tae Kwon Do classes he signed up for isn’t for him, Eliza has an idea. She’ll take his spot in the TKD class and prove she’s not a quitter, if her parents agree she can the cake class in the fall.

It seems like a good plan, until she realizes that Madison is in the TKD class too – Madison who used to call her Every Day Eliza because sometimes she wore the same outfit to school two days in a row. Not to mention the fact that now she and Tony aren’t getting along since she he didn’t want to wait until fall to take the cake class with her… and… well… Eliza might have lost her temper with him over that… maybe.

Eliza never meant to actually enjoy Tae Kwon Do, but as the summer stretches on and she finds that the routines help her focus – something she’s never been good at. There’s a belt test looming in her future, and once Eliza proves she’s not a quitter, she ‘ll be free to do exactly that… if she wants to.

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