Something to Sing About

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Jamie Jo’s fear of bees has been not much more than an annoyance for the Morgan family — that is until the summer their church explodes. While trying to make sense of this event, Jamie Jo deals with overcoming other struggles: she fears reaching out to a new girl in the neighborhood, she worries about taking on the responsibility of a puppy, and she doesn’t know why her older brother’s return to town has caused tension in the family. She has to deal with all of this without ...

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Overview

Jamie Jo’s fear of bees has been not much more than an annoyance for the Morgan family — that is until the summer their church explodes. While trying to make sense of this event, Jamie Jo deals with overcoming other struggles: she fears reaching out to a new girl in the neighborhood, she worries about taking on the responsibility of a puppy, and she doesn’t know why her older brother’s return to town has caused tension in the family. She has to deal with all of this without going outside (where the bees live) alone!

Readers will be captivated by Jamie Jo’s humor, wit, and small-town charm as she begins to see her world and her faith in a new way.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Ten year old Jamie Jo is deathly afraid of bees. She will not venture outside alone or without a fly swatter. In fact, her mother is now known as the Bee Slayer. Jamie Jo even refuses to play with classmates during recess. Instead, she sits safely with the teacher on the sidelines. However, a combination of events over the summer helps her to come to terms with her insecurities. Her mother is "fired" from the church choir, a new girl moves in across the street, and Jamie Jo acquires a puppy. She also learns that other people are insecure at times. The hateful lady next door turns out to be a nice lady who is just lonely, and Jamie Jo realizes that her new friend Rafi also has fears and insecurities. Jamie Jo is surprised as she thought she was the only one with insecurities. An accidental explosion at the church makes everyone reexamine the petty differences that keep them apart. The new school year begins with a happier, more secure and more mature Jamie Jo. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Ten-year-old Jamie Jo Morgan is deathly afraid of bees since she watched a movie in which the young main character dies of a bee sting. She spends most of summer vacation inside unless her mother is with her carrying a flyswatter. She longs for a friend, a wish that comes true when a girl her age moves into her neighborhood. A series of events, beginning with her mother's exclusion from the church choir because she can't sing, cause Jamie Jo to question her faith in God and face her fears. Jamie's struggles and questions are met with wisdom, humor, and a positive attitude especially through the character of Mrs. Morgan. Payne gives the story enough realistic family and friend imperfections to keep readers interested and the plot from taking on a syrupy-sweet edge. Christian ideals are shown in behaviors rather than preached. This uplifting story contains much to appeal to a broad audience.-D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH

Kirkus Reviews
Ten-year-old Jamie Jo never leaves home without her mama and her flyswatter. After watching a fictional movie character die from an allergic reaction, this daughter of a prosecutor and tone-deaf choir member fears bees, although she's not allergic herself. Her life in rural Kentucky revolves around church, but she questions her faith when her mother is bullied out of the choir. However, it is restored when a damaging explosion before choir practice harms no one, as her absent mother had been its only punctual member. (In an author's note, Payne explains that the strictly timed explosion was inspired by true events.) Jamie Jo demonstrates gradual growth in her small adventures with a new friend and her dog. Secondary characters are realistically flawed and memorable. While the quirky moments excel, Jamie Jo's naivete is unrealistic, even considering her sheltered upbringing. Conflicts are too neatly resolved, the voice meanders and didactic dialogue stunts this debut novel. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802853448
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 508,164
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

C. C. Payne is a fulltime mother and writer. Something to Sing About, her first published novel, was inspired by her daughter who said, "Please write something for people my age, so I can read it!" C. C. lives in Kentucky.

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  • Posted January 1, 2009

    Starred Review from BOOKLIST!

    This book is the first by author C.C.Payne. It received a Starred review from the professional publication Booklist. I believe their review said "humorous, wholesome, and heartwarming." What a needed niche for today's young people. A fabulous book for grades 4-7 that speaks to fear and faith and family and friends. I'm a public school librarian and I can't keep this book on the shelf! I assure you we'll be seeing more from C.C. Payne, and I also assure you I'll be ordering more of her works for my school's shelves!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    This book truly is, "something to sing about." Jamie

    This book truly is, "something to sing about." Jamie Jo, the main character is a refreshing change from the dark, self-centered, vapid characters that are trending in children's literature these days. As I read this lovely story, I couldn't help but

    wish that more authors would weave faith into their tales. If you are looking for innocent vs. sophisticated, respect vs. disdain and humility vs. self-promotion in a character, this is the book for you. Both myself and my nine year-old daughter loved it. Bravo to C.C. Payne for her first foray into Children's Literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Something to Sing About

    As a Christian Mom I loved the book. We need more books like this one. My two daughters 10 and 12 said they are sharing the book with their Sunday school classes and can't wait for another of her books to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Something to Sing About

    Loved the book. Great characters and a wonderful story. My niece's ages 11 & 12 couldn't put the book down and enjoyed sharing it with thier friends.

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