Nursery Noir at the MWA Edgar Week Symposium, April 26, 2017

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!)

THE BAD KID is a finalist for the 2017 Edgar Awards!

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)

“Crime doesn’t pay… enough.”

Greenlight Bookstore makes THE BAD KID a 2016 Holiday Pick

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.)”
Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn

Beth McMullen Books Interviews Sarah Lariviere

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!

Beth McMullen Books Interviews Sarah Lariviere
Beth McMullen Books Interviews Sarah Lariviere

ALA Booklist Praises THE BAD KID

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.”

 

Booklist gives The Bad Kid a snappy review.
Booklist gives The Bad Kid a snappy review.

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books gives THE BAD KID an awesome review!

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books gives The Bad Kid an awesome review! 
 
(Easier to read if you have a subscription…)
 
I love how reviewer Elizabeth Bush characterizes the story. That’s helpful, I think, to librarians and booksellers looking for clues about which kids will appreciate the read.
 
Proud to be called “a darn good little mystery” and delighted to deliver “musings on the relationship between fact and truth”!
claude THE BAD KID