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The Missing Pieces of Me

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  98 reviews
More than anything, ten-year-old Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline's beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. And Momma is never pleased. Hard times and a daddy who ran off before she was born seem to have stolen all of M ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Two Lions
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Rachael No, I don't think it would hold an 8 year old boy's interest, and it deals with some issues that would be above his head. …moreNo, I don't think it would hold an 8 year old boy's interest, and it deals with some issues that would be above his head. (less)

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Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I’m a trailer kid and my momma says I’m a bad kid too, but I try not to get too hung up on these issues. I like to hang around with Calvin as he’s the nicest person you’ve ever met and he takes me places on his bike. Momma seems to cast her anger out on me more than my siblings Ruth Ann and Jackson and why? I don’t know. All of us siblings have different daddies, with Jackson’s daddy trying his best to be a good daddy but in momma’s eyes, it will never be good enough so she hollers at h
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contenders
When a story starts out with the young narrator, 10-year old Weezie, stating that her mother says she is a bad girl, it seems like the rest of the book might be an uphill battle. And it is, for Weezie. For the reader, Weezie's upbeat and hopeful outlook is just on the right side of believability without being too saccharin sweet.

So many books for children begin with a character who lives in a decent (or better) home, with at least one loving parent. Weezie lives in a run-down trailer. Her mothe
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Ten year old Weezie just can't seem to please her Momma. She babysits her half-sister and brother every night and all day Saturday, cleans the trailer even though Momma never notices, even cooks dinner. Momma never even says thank you. More than anything, Weezie wants to find her Daddy, but she doesn't even know his name and Momma isn't telling. Ruth Ann's father died a war (well in training camp) and baby Jackson's knows who his Daddy I'd, why won't Momma tell her? With the help of her best fri ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With a first chapter titled "Broken" and a first sentence that reads "Momma says I'm a bad girl," I wondered how this story would unfold. At times, it made my heart ache, but I appreciate a book that gives an honest, unapologetic look at how life is for some children. Grace Louise is 10 years old and her life is far from easy, but she's learning lessons as she tries to find out who her daddy is. Her two younger half siblings know who their daddies are, but Grace Louise's momma won't tell her who ...more
Galilea Ortega
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book the most. Because I feel like I related to her because she describes how her mom comes home from work tired and complains, she tries to help her but instead ruins things. This book is a mysterious book because she first tries to find information about her father who she doesn’t know about, tracks him down but finds out he died. Her story is heartbreakingly sad. Overall, I do recommend this book.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Weazie's mother's bitterness against life in general and men in particular has hardened her and and makes it impossible for to show love for her daughter, who reminds her too much of the girl's teen-aged father who ran and off and abandoned her when he found out she was pregnant. Weazie struggles with self-esteem and questions about her father, about whom her mother has told her nothing, not even his name. Already more responsible than most kids her age, Weazie is forced to accept that she will ...more
Courtney M.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
All Weezie wants to do is impress her working mother by making her tea, taking car of her siblings, or making dinner, but nothing turns out right. She is sure though that if she could find her daddy, everything would become better. After some shocking news though she realizes that what she's got is going to have to be good enough.
I gave this book four stars because I think that it tells that you can find an answer to anything even if it's not the answer you were looking for. I would recommend
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jfiction-books
I loved this book. So well written and pulls you right into Weezie's life. Her momma is not nice to her. She tells her that she reminds her of her no good father that she never met, nor knew his name. She investigates and finds out who he is, only to find out he was dead. She found some closure to that part of her life. There is more to the story, and I have given some away. You won't be disappointed in this book. ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Ten-year-old Grace Louise Dawson (Weezie) is missing so many pieces of her heart. She's lost her beloved Gramma Emmeline and she's never known her father--not even his name because her mother won't tell her.

The worst part is that not matter how hard Weezie tries to help make life easier for her waitress mom by cooking simple meals; cleaning their trailer; and caring for her two younger siblings (with different fathers); and being responsible, Weezie's mom doesn't show any love for her first born
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweet little book that a lot of young readers will find relatable.
Weezie's life is hard, her home is broken and she believes her mother hates her. Weezie's mother tells her she is bad and this story tells Weezie's journey to understanding that she is not as she discovers all the pieces that make her special and talented and human.
The book does not sugar coat things and I wouldn't say it has a happy ending, but it does show the importance of friendship, role models, encouragement, and determin
Gina (My Precious Blog)
This is a somewhat sad, but hopeful, coming of age story about and 11 year old girl searching for her absent father. There is a component of mystery, some engaging art talk (encouraging creativity in girls), mild child neglect and oh - a big stray cat named Marmalade. I read this book hoping to feel compassionate towards the young narrator Wheezie and her impoverish, single parent situation. It worked. Overall, I found the story engaging and emotionally intense. In the end, I just wanted to give ...more
Dave Archer
Had to read this as it was a book that one of my reading groups chose from a set of options. I now regret giving it to them as an option because it really doesn't have any redeeming qualities. Fortunately, kids are much easier to please than I am so some of them did actually enjoy it. I believe I'll focus on better titles for them next go around though. ...more
Carolynn Markey
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a slightly depressing read. I loved the characters, it was real, it was honest. But it ended on both a hopeful and a sad note that left me thinking for long after I closed the book.
Genna Robertz
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was my third time reading, and it still seems to amaze me at how amazing the writing is.
Dalton Hutton
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Toni L.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was just OK
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Overall just sad but okay. I realize this was a middle grade book but I still waited for it to go somewhere.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good book about a girl who is trying to find her father, but ends up finding herself.
Samira Barakaeva
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good book!
Emily Kush
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a really good book and i though it was kind of sad too!
Payton Purcell
Jordan Seelig
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the book because it had a lot of problems that everyone could relate to.
Sandra Guzman
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story... I feel bad for the little girl and all she has to put up with.
Katie Proctor
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This was a quick and tender middle grade read, and I felt for Weezie, but I think I wanted more resolution, more development of minor characters.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really intriguing, well-written book. I really enjoyed it and I would give it 4.5 stars.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book will forever be my comfort book, I read it in elementary school and I still love it as a freshmen.
Tricia Price
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Mark Twain Award nominee. Heartbreaking story about a girl living in poverty with a mother who tells her she's bad and won't tell her anything about her absent father. ...more
Momma always mad at me, no matter what I do. She never gets mad at Ruth Ann or Jackson. Just me

This is a story about Grace Louise Dawson or Weezie in her searching of her daddy that she never know. She lived in the trailer park with her momma and her step sister and brother. At the beginning, I thought Weezie had a bad luck, coz everytime she tried to help her Momma, bad things always happened. When she tried to prepared tea to relaxed her tired mom as surprised, she tripped Ruth Ann crayons and
Judy Desetti
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mature readers in gr 5-9
This book was engaging but the plot was about a young girl who is psychologically abused by her mother. The girl does not feel loved. The first sentence..."Momma says I'm a bad girl". The girl works tirelessly to make her mother happy and to love her, to no avail.

The mother was a teen when she had her; followed later by two more unplanned pregnancies from different dads. Additionally, mom has suffered through losing two significant people in her life suddenly; her own mother (the grandmother) a
Weezie's momma says she is a bad kid. Nothing she does ever seems to come out right whether it is making her momma tea or cooking dinner or picking flowers. Momma dotes on Ruth Ann and Jackson, but has nothing good to say to Weezie. Momma also doesn't talk about Weezie's daddy. She won't even say his name or tell Weezie anything about him other than that he was a bad guy. Weezie wonders if finding her daddy would make any difference in her life. She has very little to go on: just a photo with a ...more
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