“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 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!
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
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.
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?