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Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen


"Bernice is pragmatic, complex, and compelling and she has a heart of gold. Yay for Bernice."

         ~Kirkus Reviews

"A heartwarming story with plenty of gross-out humor to hook readers."

~Booklist Online

"Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen needs to get on the New York Times Bestseller List cause this book is better than cheeseballs." Gage, Age 10

Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen is a humorous contemporary middle-grade novel pitched as “Honey Boo Boo meets Sister Act.

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.


ISBN-13:    9781524770419
Publisher:    Random House Children's Books
Publication date:    03/26/2019
Pages:    240
Age Range:    8 - 12 Years


A Texas Bluebonnet Award 2020-2021 Master List

Shortlisted for the Sakura Medal

A Mighty Girl's 2019 Books of the Year

Bank Street College of Education's List of Best Children's Books of the Year 2020

Sunshine State Young Readers List

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