Lee McClain Sizzle: A Novel

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Sizzle: A Novel

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Sizzle . . . or burn? Linda Delgado has the best nose in all of Arizona—for cooking, that is. She may be only fourteen, but Linda loves making fresh Mexican food with her aunt Elba and blogging about food with her best friend, Julia. But after Aunt Elba suffers a ministroke, Linda is catapulted across the country and into a whole new life. In Pittsburgh, living with bossy Aunt Pat and her seven kids, Linda feels completely out of place. Worst of all, Aunt Pat is a local celebrity with her own TV show, Cooking from Cans—and she won’t let Linda in the kitchen. Linda might go loco if she doesn’t get some fresh food—like now. Then Linda finally gets her chance to sizzle—alongside cute-guy-with-a-secret Dino Moretti (who even smells delicious) and her jealous cousin Chloe. Linda’s new life is about to heat up fast.

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About the Author:

Cooking?  Well, maybe . . . 
Lee McClain's mixed feelings about cooking are the basis of her latest teen novel, Sizzle.  Like main-character Linda, Lee enjoys fresh foods and southwestern flavors.  But like Linda's Aunt Pat, she values her time and prefers quick-and-easy cuisine to compliated, time-consuming dishes.  Plus, she grew up in the Midwest, feasting on 5-cup salad and green bean casserole, and she still turns to comfort food from cans in times of distress.
 
When she's not writing, reading, or throwing a Frisbee with her ten-year-old daughter, Lee teaches English at Seton Hill University in the Pittsburgh area.  She's the author of three related books for teens:  My Alternate Life, My Abnormal Life, and My Loco Life.  

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Tween girls will enjoy McClain's fast-paced, funny, dialogue-driven story, told in the first-person from Linda's point of view. Sizzle makes for a fun, light read to be devoured quickly.  Voya.  Reviewer: Paula J. Gallagher

A charming heroine and a happy ending make this stand out above the usual fare.  -Kirkus

Ages 12+ An unexpected family illness forces a 14-year-old Latina foodie to leave her Arizona home for a large Pennsylvania household. When her Aunt Elba suddenly gets sick and closes the family s Mexican restaurant, Linda Delgado is sent to live with her Aunt Pat and her husband in Pittsburgh. The couple already has seven children, a mixture of biological, adopted and foster. Pat helps to support the family through a local television show dedicated to cooking from canned foods, a practice that contradicts Linda s training using fresh ingredients. Besides being uprooted from her Native American best friend Julia and her quiet life with her aunt, Linda can t even find solace in her cooking, as the kitchen is Pat s domain. The couple s 14-year-old daughter Chloe resents Linda s presence, especially as the two have to share a bedroom in the cramped house. At school, Linda finds herself competing against Chloe for the attentions of Dino Moretti, while at home she tries to stomach Pat s cooking and help an orphaned Latino foster child deal with his grief. McClain breaks Linda s first-person narrative chapters with posts from the teen and others on a food website, and she almost sidetracks the story with an unfortunate subplot involving a rival cooking show. A charming heroine and a happy, if slightly unrealistic, ending make this stand out above the usual fare. --Kirkus Reviews, September 15th Issue

Ages 12+ Linda Delgado, 14, lives with her aunt in Arizona. Together they run a restaurant that serves fresh, local Mexican food. When her aunt has a ministroke, Linda is sent to Pittsburgh to live with a relative she s never met. Aunt Pat is famous for her local TV program, Cooking from Cans, and she completely eschews fresh foods. She has seven kids through domestic and foreign adoptions, one foster child, and one biological teenage daughter, who resents the newcomer s presence. Linda s friendly narration is compelling and easy to read. Chapters are broken up with screen shots of her food blog. With a light but honest touch, this book addresses many serious matters. It explores the struggles and the triumphs of children from difficult backgrounds, food as comfort, the adolescent struggle to be true to oneself without hurting others, the value of culture, and the results of these issues being lost on a well-meaning but overwhelmed family. --School Library Journal, November Issue, Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

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