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Sizzle

by Lee McClain
     
 

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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

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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. Aunt Pat wants Linda’s help with Angel, a young foster child in the family who speaks only Spanish, but he seems impossible. And Linda’s cousin Chloe treats her like a total intruder. 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.

Finally Linda gets her chance to sizzle — with a cooking project at school. It’s an added bonus that cute-guy-with-a-secret Dino Moretti (who even smells delicious) is in her group. But when jealous Chloe joins the group, Linda’s new life heats up fast. In the end, it’s up to Linda to decide what kind of cook — and person — she truly wants to be.

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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. (Fiction. 12 & up)

VOYA - Paula J. Gallagher
Arizona teen Linda Delgado lives for good food. She cooks it, she blogs about it, and she serves it up at her Aunt Elba's authentic Mexican restaurant. When Linda's aunt falls seriously ill, Linda is forced to move across the country to stay with a distant relative in Pennsylvania. She is horrified to discover that her new guardian, Aunt Pat, is a cookbook author and star of her own TV show, Cooking from Cans. To make matters worse, Aunt Pat does not want Linda near the kitchen. Linda must try to find her place among Pat's six adopted children and her biological, goth cousin, Chloe. Then, there is also Dino Moretti, a cute guy from school, who has a food-related secret. Tween girls will enjoy McClain's fast-paced, funny, dialogue-driven story, told in the first-person from Linda's point of view. Pages from an invented social networking foodie site, fabfoods.com, serve as a clever way for Linda to keep in touch with her best friend back home. McClain worked hard to make this a multi-multicultural novel, featuring Asian, Latino, African American, Mexican, Native American, Italian, and Polish characters. To her credit, the wide swath of ethnicities seems natural rather than forced. Sizzle makes for a fun, light read to be devoured quickly. Reviewer: Paula J. Gallagher
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—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—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761459811
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2011
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Lee McClain teaches writing and literature at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She loves southwestern cuisine and the Polish and Italian specialties of her Pittsburgh neighbors . . . but she was raised on canned vegetables and still cooks green bean casserole for family gatherings. When she’s not teaching or writing, Lee enjoys running marathons at a very slow pace and traveling with her husband and their ten-year-old daughter. She is also the author of three other novels for young adult readers: My Loco Life, My Abnormal Life, and My Alternate Life.

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