The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere

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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?

About Sarah Lariviere

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Sarah Lariviere grew up in Champaign, Illinois. She graduated from Oberlin College and has a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College in New York City, where she specialized in casework with children and families. She wrote The Bad Kid in Paris, France, and Austin, Texas. She now writes, makes art, cooks, and gardens in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Tim Mapp, and their children, Adèle and Laszlo.
Published September 6, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Gr 4–7—Claudeline has been raised in a family of gangsters. An 11-year-old girl of French and Chinese descent, growing up in Brooklyn, Claudeline believes she is destined to follow in the footsteps of her criminal grandpa and take over the family business. After all, stealing, lying, and getting ...

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