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2.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 5 2.67 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee McClain Narrator: Laura Hamilton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469215792
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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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  • “A charming heroine and a happy ending make this stand out above the usual fare.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This light fare, told in a chatty first-person narration, dishes up a feel-good ending as Linda learns to appreciate compromise in friendship, family—and, of course, food.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thérèse | 12/9/2013

    " Sizzle was an okay read; nothing more than a time-waster. The author did not really capture an authentic fourteen-year-old's voice. I felt like this book should have been in the kid's section, rather than the teen's section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/7/2013

    " Great opportunity to pair a cooking activity with a novel for a Girls' Book Discussion! Explores family issues and belonging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/31/2013

    " Interesting premise, less interesting characters "

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About the Author

Lee McClain teaches writing and literature at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. When she’s not teaching or writing, Lee enjoys running marathons at a very slow pace and traveling with her husband and daughter. She is also the author of three other novels for young adult readers: My Loco Life, My Abnormal Life, and My Alternate Life.

About the Narrator

Laura Hamilton is an award-winning narrator of many outstanding books for children. She was named one of AudioFile’s Best Voices of 2010 in Children’s and Family Listening. When not recording the books she loves, she also records radio and televion spots. She lives with her family in Chicago.