by Carmella Van Vleet
176 pages; ages 9 - 12
Holiday House, 2014
Eliza loves cake decorating. She watches Sweet Caroline Cakes TV show with a passion, and wants to open a bakery with her best buddy, Tony. There's only one problem: they're eleven years old.
OK, there's another problem, too. Eliza wants to take a cake decorating class at the community center. But it's expensive - nearly twice as much as other classes - and money's tight. Plus, her parents think she's a quitter. Eliza tries so many things, and she really wants to do them, but... after a few lessons or group meetings, she realizes they're not her thing. It doesn't help that she has ADD and that makes it harder for her to stick to things.
But with Sweet Caroline offering another cake class in the fall, Eliza sets out on a plan: she'll convince her parents that she's NOT a quitter. And to do this she'll take her brother's place in karate class (he's not interested). There are only three things wrong with this plan:
- Karate turns out to be really hard. Eliza has to remember lots of things like how to tie her belt in that funny knot, and to bow in before class begins, and how to count to ten in Korean;*
- Madison, her least favorite person (and a popular kid at school) ends up being her partner in karate class; and
- there's a TEST!
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Review copy provided by publisher.
*hana, dool, set, net, dasut, yasut, ilgop, yuldol, ahop, yul!