The Bad Kid (Hardcover)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781481435819, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
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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?
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Praise For The Bad Kid…
— School Library Journal
"Hard-boiled narrator Claude's world is diverse, bright, and textured, reflecting the best parts of Brooklyn's distinctive charm...Sharp, fun, and optimistic, the novel will have readers rooting for Claude until the end."
— Kirkus Reviews
"In her pursuit of the truth, Claude reclaims faltering relationships with family and friends and solves a darn good little mystery into the bargain."
"[M]ultiracial 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 Online