I’m delighted to share that I’ll be on a panel entitled “Nursery Noir” at the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Week Symposium in NYC on April 26, 2017. Other topics include writing compelling liars and breaking into the life of crime (-writing). It promises to be a fabulous event; I’ll be there all day. Register early, before it sells out!
(PS: If you can’t make the talk, I’ll be signing books and hanging out in New York all week–more details to follow!)
Mystery Writers of America has selected THE BAD KID to be a finalist for the 2017 Edgar Awards. The awards honor “the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.” It’s the Oscars for mystery writers! Claude and friends are delighted to share the juvenile category with following fantastic mysteries–all of which I have now read, loved, and highly recommend. Looking forward to celebrating with many marvelous authors at the award ceremony in NYC in April!
Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton BFYR) OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books) The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere by (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR) Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Framed! by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin) Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn has selected The Bad Kid as a 2016 Holiday Pick. Locals tell me that this place is amazing. And they give the novel a great, original write up in their newsletter. It’s so cool when booksellers share their personal take on a story. “For any kid who’s ever been called bad, or wished that they were…” Love it!
“Claudeline Feng LeBernardin has always been proud of her family, from her mixed-race heritage to her illustrious grandfather. The trouble is that her clueless father is ruining the family business she treasures – which happens to be organized crime. Set against the multifaceted backdrop of present-day Sunset Park, Claude’s story is a sharp, funny mystery with emotional depth (Lariviere is a trained social worker as well as an author). For any kid who’s ever been called bad, or wished that they were. (Hannah S.)”
I’m so happy to share this link to my interview with the fabulous Beth McMullen. She asked smart questions and I enjoyed answering them! Beth is a fellow Simon & Schuster author–her latest (and her first middle grade!) is a series: Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. It comes out with Aladdin in June, 2017. Check her out at Beth McMullen Books!
We met, by the way, at the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association mixer with the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators at Books Inc. in San Francisco. A lucky night!
The American Library Association Booklist gives The Bad Kid a great review. I particularly love this description of Claudeline:
“…multiracial Claude heads up a diverse cast of well-formed characters, and the exploration of friendship and family relations is worthwhile. For readers looking for a tough-talking, independent heroine with detective aspirations, this debut is a treat.”
“Lariviere, who followed Oberlin with a degree in social work from Hunter College, likely gained an insight into the world of city kids as a clinical social worker. It might be an indication of her experience that her main character, Claudine Feng LeBernardin, is “very good at being bad.” Although 11-year-old Claude wants to follow in her gangster grandfather’s shoes, it turns out she’s not so bad after all.”
"Hard-boiled narrator Claude's world is diverse, bright, and textured, reflecting the best parts of Brooklyn's distinctive charm. Her sharp observations and quick tongue are balanced by her emotional fogginess and the struggles of young adolescence... Sharp, fun, and optimistic, the novel will have readers rooting for Claude until the end. "
"The humor, quirky characters, and contemporary New York setting, combined with the gangster lore, make this ideal for middle grade readers who enjoy slightly naughty characters with hearts of gold. VERDICT: A unique offering with an atypical protagonist; recommended for kids who like mysteries and crime-solving."
--School Library Journal
"In her pursuit of the truth, Claude reclaims faltering relationships with family and friends and solves a darn good little mystery into the bargain."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“...multiracial Claude heads up a diverse cast of well-formed characters, and the exploration of friendship and family relations is worthwhile. For readers looking for a tough-talking, independent heroine with detective aspirations, this debut is a treat.”