Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Eliza Bing is (not) a Big, Fat Quitter, by Carmella Van Vleet

Eliza Bing is (not) a big fat quitterSummary:  After learning she cannot take a cake decorating class with her best friend, partly because her parents consider her a quitter, eleven-year-old Eliza tries to prove herself by sticking with a taekwondo class all summer.

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2 thoughts on “Eliza Bing is (not) a Big, Fat Quitter, by Carmella Van Vleet

  1. I liked this book in part because of the plot and also because I found Eliza Bing to be a very interesting character. Because she has ADHD, she tends to react to situations rather impulsively, which sometimes gets her into trouble with others. As the narrator of the story, Eliza can also be very funny when she describes what is happening from her own perspective.

    Basically, Eliza wants to take a cake baking class with her best friend Tony, but she has quit almost every class she has taken in the past, for a variety of reasons, so her parents are reluctant to let her take this one. Her brother does tae-kwon-do but when he can’t continue, Eliza decides to take the class in his place in order to prove to her parents that she is not a quitter. She also hopes that by finishing the tae-kwon-do class, her parents will let her take the cake baking class. Her parents are saying no at first, but they give in and let her take the class.

    I won’t give away any more of the book, but I recommend it to everybody and think it is really cool!! 🙂 🙂

  2. In this book, Eliza is trying to prove to her parents to let her take a cake-baking class, but because she has quit nearly every class she’s taken, mostly because of her ADHD and her extreme wandering interests, they decide that she’s not ready to take the class. So Eliza forms a plan to convince her parents that she’s mature enough to take the cake class (and that she won’t quit it) by taking taekwondo for the summer.
    This was a funny and entertaining read, with a good theme – keep trying – and interesting characters. Although some of them were a bit stereotypical (the mean-girl who may not be so mean after all), they were pretty well done and I enjoyed reading about them. But in my opinion, this book is not the most distinguished of the year.

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