Congratulations to Niki Lenz, whose debut novel BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN was released today!
Bernice Buttman is the biggest bully in the 5th grade. She loves pounding puny kids and eating cheese balls till her fingers turn orange. Her latest and greatest ambition is to attend the Hollywood Hills Stunt Camp, where she can learn to crash cars and punch people harder. All she needs are a few generous strangers to donate to the cause. She sets up a fake “Letsfundthis” website, and the cash starts flowing.
But when Bernice’s mom discovers what she’s done, she takes the money for herself and sends Bernice to live with her Aunt Josephine- who happens to be a nun. Bernice tries to make a new start in the town of Halfway, but she immediately locks horns with the school’s most perfect student, Emogene. If Bernice can’t stay out of trouble and manage to raise a whole ton of money, she can kiss her stunt camp dreams goodbye.
Publishers Weekly said “Bernice’s sometimes harsh home conditions and how they contribute to her unkind ways are sensitively portrayed and well balanced with humor and Bernice’s spirited narration.”
And Kirkus Reviews said “Bernice is pragmatic, complex, and compelling, and she has a heart of gold. Yay for Bernice”!