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The Fizzy Whiz Kidby Maiya Williams
Synopses & Reviews
Readers will laugh along with all the misadventures—and sneak a peek behind the Hollywood curtain—in this sweet and funny novel.
When Mitchell Mathis moves to Hollywood with his academic parents, he soon realizes hes the only ordinary kid in a school of the powerful and famous. Theres Skywalker Wong, whose parents are special effects gurus. And Julia Jodie Schwartz, named after her agent fathers two highest-earning clients. And Dash Silverman, whose parents write the movies that everyone else seems to have memorized. In an attempt to feel like less of an outsider, Mitch goes to an open casting call, where he ends up being cast in a soda commercial that launches a popular catchphrase. Suddenly hes on TV, signing autographs, and riding in limos. But when the ad starts getting negative attention and he doesnt have time for his old friends and interests, fame doesnt seem like so much fun anymore. Hell need all his “acting” skills—and the help of his Hollywood-savvy classmates—to figure out how to go back to being a normal kid again.
Praise for the work of Maiya Williams
International Reading Association Intermediate Fiction Award
Southern California Booksellers Association Childrens Book Prize
“The fast-paced plot and smooth transition from everyday life to fantasy adventure make this a good choice for reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal
“Fast-paced historical hi-jinks . . .” —VOYA
“Vivid . . . deftly combines fantasy and historical fiction . . . Its a trip well worth the time.” —New York Times Book Review
“Action-packed and laden with good-natured humor, Williamss tale is a journey worth taking.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Fizzy Whiz Kid
"Seriously committed film industry wannabes as well as erstwhile daydreamers will find a lot of good information here about how Hollywood magic gets made.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Williams breezy tale is as addictive and bubbly as a Fizzy Whiz itself, and her experience in the entertainment industry packs real value into her descriptions of auditions, movie sets, and agent negotiations.” —Booklist
"This effervescent comedy offers a behind-the-scenes peek at the entertainment industry through the eyes of a likable outsider, 12-year-old Mitch Mathis. Accustomed to being the new kid, Mitch violates his own cardinal rule — 'DON'T STAND OUT' — when he moves to Hollywood with his parents, attends a cattle-call audition for a soda commercial, and catapults to stardom with the signature line, 'You like bubbles?' Mitch, who never watches TV, hasn't seen Star Wars, and can 'juggle, ride a unicycle, play piano and guitar, and [knows] sign language,' gleans industry knowledge from new, larger-than-life friends who boast actor, agent, and screenwriter parents. Mitch's recurring lists keep the pace quick and offer insight into his character ('No cockroach costumes' is at the top of his list of 'Rules for Parent Presentations,' after his entomologist father makes a cringe-inducing appearance in his classroom) as well as information about the industry. Williams (The Hour of the Outlaw) spotlights the unglamorous side of show business, too, as Mitch becomes believably self-involved, comes to his senses, and directs an ingenious escape to normalcy. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Written by a Hollywood insider, this hilarious novel tells the story of an all-American boy who learns that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. "Action-packed and laden with good-natured humor, Williams's tale is a journey worth taking."--"Publishers Weekly."
Moving to Hollywood with his academic parents, eleven-year-old Mitch feels like an outsider in his school where everyone has connections to the powerful and famous in the entertainment industry, until he is cast in a soda commercial that launches a popular catchphrase.
About the Author
Maiya Williams was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and Berkeley, California. She attended Harvard University, where she was an editor and vice president of the Harvard Lampoon. She is a writer and a producer of televisions shows and lives with her husband and their three children, a Labrador retriever, and a variety of fish in Pacific Palisades, California.
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