The Bad Kid

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

THE BAD KID in Summer 2016 Oberlin Alumni Magazine

Thanks, Oberlin College! It’s so cool seeing The Bad Kid nested among a bunch of books written by Obies.

“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.”

The Bad Kid in the Summer 2016 Oberlin Alumni Magazine
The Bad Kid in the Summer 2016 Oberlin Alumni Magazine

THE BAD KID in S&S Fall 2016 Book Pantry

I’m pleased to share that Simon & Schuster is featuring The Bad Kid in its Fall 2016 Book Pantry, where it is highlighted as a middle grade mystery-comedy featuring diverse characters.

The Book Pantry is designed to “bring educators relevant book recommendations and valuable resources for their classrooms and libraries.” It’s another great tool to help educators sift through the many excellent choices available for kids, and pair the right kid with the right book. Claudeline and friends are honored to be in the mix!

The Bad Kid in the S&S Fall 2016 Book Pantry
The Bad Kid in the S&S Fall 2016 Book Pantry

 

Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal Love THE BAD KID!

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

 

 

The Bad Kid is available to pre-order!

My debut novel, The Bad Kid, is available to pre-order! Here it is on IndieBound, and Amazon. Become a fan on my author page at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for updates!

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin learns what it really means to be bad in this colorful and hilarious mystery reminiscent of Harriet the Spy

Available now for pre-order. To be released September 6, 2016!
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 304 pages | ISBN 9781481435819 | September 2016 | Grades 3 – 7

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin is very good at being bad. Her Grandpa Si was a real-life gangster, and Claude always thought she’d take over the family business when he was gone. Instead, Claude’s dad is in charge—and she’s sure he’s running things into the ground. She wants to step in, but her parents are keeping secrets and her partner in crime, Fingerless Brett, is suddenly on the straight and narrow. 

Then, when a very strange character by the name of Alma Lingonberry shows up in the neighborhood, Claude gets closer to the crime life than ever. Before long, she’s swept up in a maddening mystery that’s got her wondering: What does it really mean to be bad?