Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter (Eliza Bing)

by Carmella Van Vleet (Author)

Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter (Eliza Bing)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Eliza Bing

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 becomes certain that cake decorating is her destiny. Her parents insist that the summer Cakes with Caroline class is too expensive--especially given Eliza's history of quickly losing interest in things. Desperate to show them that she can be diligent, Eliza volunteers to take her brother's unwanted spot in a taekwondo class. At first, she has absolutely no interest in martial arts, and the focus and discipline of taekwondo is a huge challenge for her since she has ADHD. To make things worse, mean girl Madison shows up in class. Eliza is tempted to drop out, but a true martial artist never quits. Can she rise to the challenge?

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

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Eliza’s personal growth is full of realistic hopes and challenges that will resonate with many readers.

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Fast moving and humorous . . . feisty Eliza will have readers, especially those with ADHD, rooting for her.

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Carmella Van Vleet
Carmella Van Vleet is a former kindergarten teacher and the author of eight hands-on science and history books for children. Eliza Bing Is (NOT) a Big Fat Quitter is her first novel. It was inspired by her daughter, who, like Eliza, has ADHD and discovered a new passion when she took up martial arts. Despite being a fan of cake decorating shows, the only thing Carmella knows about cakes is that they taste delicious! But as a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, she knows all about bowing, learning Korean, wearing scratchy doboks, and taking belt tests. She lives in Ohio with her husband and has three kids, one normal dog, and a dog who thinks he's a cat. You can visit her online at www.carmellavanvleet.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Holiday House
Publication date
September 20, 2017
Eliza Bing
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV039150 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Special Needs
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV032070 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Martial Arts
Library of Congress categories
Family life
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Determination (Personality trait)
Tae kwon do
Martial arts
Christopher Award Winner

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