Book for Kids Dealing with Divorced Families

Ok, this book was a little bit of a bait and switch for me.  I thought I was getting a story about cooking, but it turned out I got this wonderful narrative about a sensitive girl who is just trying to manage life, friends, growing up and parents who are divorced.  Now she does use cooking to help her manage the ups and downs in life, but this is really a book for kids dealing with divorced families or kids who are just working to figure out this whole growing up thing.

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Title: The Thing About Leftoversthing-about-leftovers book for kids dealing with divorced families

Author: C. C. Payne

Target: Grades 5-8

Series: No

What this book is bout:

Fizzy is in a new school, looking for friends, because her parents got divorced and she had to move. She is managing her relationships with her parents who are cordial to each other, but not close. They each have significant others and she finds it hard not to blame these new folks for her problems Her salvation is her cooking. She has entered the Southern Living Cook-Off and testing all those recipes is just the distraction she needs from feeling like the leftovers of the family.

Why I love this book:

  • I got sucked into this book from the first chapter. I love Fizzy and found myself constantly rooting for her. She is funny, kind and just as confused as all the tweens I know. This was a good mix of family and middle school issues and it felt authentic.
  • I liked the adults in this book. They were flawed, but in honest and realistic ways and they love Fizzy, even if they can’t always see her pain. I also enjoyed the fact that her friends parents had their own issues, showing that no one has that perfect family. We all have to deal with something.
  • This book was just the right amount of sad and happy. Yes, I shed a tear, but I also felt uplifted in the end without feeling the conclusion was trite.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like realistic fiction. If you have a child who is part of a blended family this book will certainly resonate with them. If your child enjoyed Bigger Than a Breadbox, this is a good book for them.

Final thoughts:

I would have enjoyed a recipe or two to try, especially the lasagna!

To purchase this book:

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