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Something to Sing About
PAPERBACK; Published: 7/15/2008
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5344-8
167 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.25 x 7.25

Ages 9-12
Lexile: 690L

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DESCRIPTION
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.

AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Booklist, Top Ten Religion Books for Youth (2009)
Children's Crown Award Reading Programs, Children's Crown Award, Nominee
Kentucky Reading Association, Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
REVIEWS
Lamplighter
"The novel is heartwarming and funny, but has a serious side about phobias, love, friendship and family. I found this book to be perfect for any age. . . I enjoyed C.C. Payne's first novel and will be glad to put it on our shelf, and anxiously await her next book. Something to Sing About is just that, something to sing about."
School Library Journal
"Payne gives the story enough realistic family and friend imperfections to keep readers interested and the plot from taking on a syrupy-sweet edge. . . This uplifting story contains much to appeal to a broad audience."
Booklist, Starred Review
"Payne, a first-time novelist, offers a book that, like The Penderwicks (2006), harkens back to such perennial favorites as the Moffats series and the works of Elizabeth Enright. . . And unlike many books for middle-graders, the adults here are fully fleshed-out characters, whose foibles are seen clearly through a child's eyes. The word wholesome sometimes gets a bad rap, but here it's leavened by gentle humor and considerable insight, and it fits this book just fine."