The Fizzy Whiz Kid
The Fizzy Whiz Kid
The Fizzy Whiz Kid
Maiya Williams
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 he’s the only ordinary kid in a school of the powerful and famous. There’s Skywalker Wong, whose parents are special effects gurus. And Julia Jodie Schwartz, named after her agent father’s 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 he’s on TV, signing autographs, and riding in limos. But when the ad starts getting negative attention and he doesn’t have time for his old friends and interests, fame doesn’t seem like so much fun anymore. He’ll 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 BookSense PickInternational Reading Association Intermediate Fiction AwardSouthern California Booksellers’ Association Children’s 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 . . . It’s a trip well worth the time.” —New York Times Book Review “Action-packed and laden with good-natured humor, Williams’s tale is a journey worth taking.” —Publishers WeeklyPraise 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

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The "Fizzy Whiz Kid" by Maiya Williams is a realistic fiction novel. In the book, the main character, Mitch Mathis, moves to a new school in Hollywood, California. There he makes new friends. They are Skywalker, named after Luke Skywalker, from his dad's favorite movie. Dash, who is good at writing lyrics and wants to start a band one day. Brandon, a kid that just plays video games all day. J.J., a girl named after her fathers two best clients, Julia and Jodie. And Tangie, a girl who is quite mysterious in nature.

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