I’m thrilled with the first advance reviews for The Bad Kid. Can’t wait to share Claudeline and friends with kids!
“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. ” —Kirkus Reviews
“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