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"Miss Izzy is destined to be a best friend for any pre-adolescent struggling with the many challenges faced in elementary and middle school. Her strong support system, her mother and her grandmother Momo, provide sage advice that not only benefits Izzy but also serve as great guidance for readers as well. Izzy's struggles with anxiety, bullying, and her sense of self are sure to resonate with readers. I look forward to the continued tales of Miss Izzy as she navigates through life and provides a guidebook for her audience. Sue Zook and Mary Lazarski have carefully tackled important themes such as bullying, anxiety, self-esteem, and obesity and provided a blueprint for anyone who wishes to tackle these subjects. Zook and Lazarski have the potential for being the Judy Blume of our time, as young readers are encouraged to value themselves and demonstrate compassion towards others." Sandra Bankston



"As a middle school principal, I witnessed first hand the struggles adolescent girls have withconfidence, body acceptance, and peer relationships.  I am sure middle school readers will identify with Miss Izzy and will find her story entertaining, informative, and enlightening.  I highly recommend this read." Dr Alice Mical 





"To say I related to this book would be an understatement. Although I am in my 50’s, I can still remember being bullied in middle school. I was overweight and was called horrible names. At one point, I had no friends because of one mean girl that everyone was afraid to stand up against. It took the courage of one student to finally step forward and tell everyone to leave me alone." 



"This book has such a powerful message for any girls in the 10-13 year range yet it does it in a way that is easy to understand and follow. I love that the book gives some simple tips for anyone dealing with a poor body image and low self-esteem."



"I would have been grateful to have this book 40 years ago but I am glad to have it now to pass along to students in the hopes that they can avoid some of the struggles I went through. All girls deserve to see the beauty within themselves and this book conveys that image in a fun and unique way!




"Miss Izzy" is destined to be a best friend for any pre-adolescent struggling with the many challenges faced in elementary and middle school. Her strong support system, her mother and her grandmother Momo, provide sage advice that not only benefit Izzy but serve as great guidance for readers as well. Izzy's struggles with anxiety, bullying, and her sense of self are sure to resonate with readers. I look forward to continued tales of Miss Izzy as she navigates through life and provides a guidebook for her audience. Sue Zook and Mary Lazarski have carefully tackled important themes such as bullying, anxiety, self esteem and obesity and provided a blueprint for anyone who wishes to tackle these subjects. Zook and Lazarski have the potential for being the Judy Blume of our time, as young readers are encouraged to value themselves and demonstrate compassion towards others.


"What a breath of fresh air and a wonderful read Becoming Miss Izzy is. I personally love the honest approach to feelings and emotions that are felt with in the book, a skill that needs to be nurtured in our children. The authors Sue Zook and Mary Lazarski kept the book entertaining while addressing hard topics. Thank you for sharing your gifts." Annemarie Sampson CPT

  

"Many girls entering middle school may relate to Miss Izzy. She has many feelings and worries about obesity, self-confidence, and bullying. Miss Izzy writes in her journal questions and thoughts that young middle schoolers may find it refreshing to know that they are not alone. What I really liked is the fun, fictional story-line offering realistic strategies to eating healthy, exercising, and dealing with friendships. Pre-teens and parents can pick up this book and read with ease. I highly recommend this book." Judy H.



"It was so fun to read this book through the eyes of a child who is facing "grown-up" issues. There was so much wisdom and so many valuable tools shared to help any adult or child dealing with numerous issues: weight, self-esteem, bullying, finding one's voice, family support, mother-daughter communication, and community support. A book for all ages even if written for children. Excited to hear that there will be more Miss Izzy adventures/. Fun and fast read. Kudos to the authors." Sheran Mattson, PsyD



"Becoming Miss Izzy captures some part of every girl's experience growing up!  Lizbeth is absolutely someone to relate to - as a young student facing the challenges and opportunities of figuring out who you are and how to fit in or as an adult, remembering those times of feeling alone and left out and hopefully finding family and friends who make everything alright.  Lizbeth's Mom and Momo inspire as loving, accepting role models for strong women showing young girls and women the way to authentic personhood.  Their easygoing but deliberate approach to supporting Izzy offers a roadmap for parenting and grandparenting.  The adventure to good eating and exercise habits are so relevant to all ages.  The authors have really nailed this - a good read, good lessons AND a great call to action for loving oneself and being kind to others! " Kathy Ryg




“This book was a refreshing look at a family going through some common, modern-day struggles.  The reader will become quickly engrossed in the lives of the characters and won't be able to wait to see how things wrap up.  I loved the family relationships being shown and the themes of school life as it takes place in today's world.  I surely hope that the author continues the story of Izzy and her whole family.” Dr. Ellen Mauer

“Well Done Ladies - WOW !!!!!!” Truly an inspirational book, I love how “Becoming Miss Izzy” transcends time. Memories surfaced of my childhood as I read each word. The book is so well written, stirring emotions within readers of all ages. Parents would be wise to read this with their girls. I love how the story strengthened family relationships while a clear plan was laid to help guide the characters to a successful outcome. Sad to think that girls today still have the same challenges that I faced as a child. So glad resources like Becoming Miss Izzy are available building self-confidence, respect within yourself and towards others.” Debbie - Grayslake, IL

“From the first page of “Becoming Miss Izzy,”  I felt like I had a window into this young character's life.  The relaxed and candid way that it is written makes the reader feel like they are being included as one of Miss Izzy's best friends, as she journeys through the difficult themes of childhood obesity and fractured family relationships. This book gets to the heart of pre-teen feelings about body image and self-acceptance, exploring how these beliefs are planted and cultivated by our life experiences and relationships. Becoming Miss Izzy is a great read for anyone wanting to reflect on their own coming of age journey or further explore how our words and interactions have a long-lasting impact on the youth around us.” Betsy Sostak

“From start to finish, I was captivated by the many themes throughout the story. From dealing with child obesity to confidence building and self-esteem, the story was extremely relatable. I was surprised by how real and raw the storylines were and how the writer captivated my attention. This book was unlike those I have read before because even though Izzy goes through so many struggles, she still comes out on top, and she does it with the support of her family. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day!” Jenna Stern 

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Becoming Miss Izzy!” It was so uplifting to see the love, support, and wisdom of Izzy’s mother, grandmother “Momo” and her teacher, Mr. Landry, as Izzy navigates the difficult period of entering middle school. Throughout this engaging story, the authors managed to weave in sage, specific guidance for coping with very typical and challenging issues such as bullying, self-esteem, body image concerns, and anxiety. It is easy to relate to the book's wonderful main character.  As a school social worker, this is a book that I would love to share with young girls.” Rhonda Malina

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