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Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big, Fat Quitter

Carmella Van Vleet


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In this uplifting debut novel about determination and the rewards of hard work, a preteen girl struggling with ADHD must stick with a summer taekwondo class to prove that she's dedicated enough to pursue her true passion of cake decorating.
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 is certain that cake decorating is her destiny. Her parents insist that the summer "Cakes with Caroline" class is too expensive, given Eliza's history of quickly losing interest in things. Desperate to show them that she can be diligent, she volunteers to take her brother's unwanted spot in a taekwondo class. At first, Eliza has absolutely no interest in martial arts, and taekwondo is a huge challenge for her since she has ADHD. Eliza is tempted to drop out right away, especially when mean girl Madison shows up in class. But a true martial artist never quits. Can Eliza rise to the challenge?
A 2015 Christopher Award Winner in the Books for Young People Category

Holiday House, 9780823429448, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2014

About the Author

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