Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch

Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch

by Susan Glickman
     
 

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Bernadette is having a hard time starting a new school year. Her best friend has moved away and now she has to deal with bossy teachers and food fights all by herself-and that's just at lunch! It's only when she makes three new best friends, Annie, Keisha and Megan, that she finds a way to survive the school lunch room-by forming the Lunch Bunch. Together the girls

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Bernadette is having a hard time starting a new school year. Her best friend has moved away and now she has to deal with bossy teachers and food fights all by herself-and that's just at lunch! It's only when she makes three new best friends, Annie, Keisha and Megan, that she finds a way to survive the school lunch room-by forming the Lunch Bunch. Together the girls will plan a pirate birthday party, paint a mural to make someone happy and discover that everyone has a special talent-even if it doesn't belong in the school talent show!

Susan Glickman is a writer and a poet. She started writing about the adventures of Bernadette and her friends for her own children. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, one guinea pig and one dog.

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"Glickman showcases a main character with loads of imagination and plotting that young students can easily relate to... Recommmended."
Children's Literature - Stephanie Dawley
In the tradition of Judy Moody and Clementine comes Bernadette, a rather eccentric but very intelligent little girl about to enter third grade. Previously excited about her new school year, Bernadette quickly changes her mind when her best friend moves away and she finds out that third graders are no longer allowed to participate in the school science fair. When she finally takes the plunge, however, and asks to join three other girls for lunch, her year begins to improve by leaps and bounds. Together the girls come up with ways to make lunch more interesting: blue food one day, only food that starts with the first letter of your name the next, and so on. Things are definitely looking up for Bernadette—except for the science fair. In the end, Bernadette devises a plan to show her friends and teachers that third graders deserve their place in the fair. Despite some references to Canadian culture that might confuse American students—such as elementary school students going home to eat lunch—this is a delightful book about a girl who finds a way to make the best of a school year that begins as less than promising. It is an easy-read that will appeal to struggling readers and eager readers alike. Reviewer: Stephanie Dawley
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Bernadette Inez O'Brian Schwartz is about to start third grade, and without her best friend, who moved away, it's going to be "the worst year ever." This curious girl is an engaging and quirky character who loves to ask "Why?" and investigate the world around her through science. Bernadette is seeing a lot of changes in her life this year, in addition to the loss of Jasmine, and she doesn't like it. One of the big changes is that she has to eat lunch at school every day. This is a most terrifying prospect without a best friend, but after a few weeks she becomes friends with Annie, Keisha, and Megan and they team up to form the "Lunch Bunch." Written with light humor throughout, the story unfolds nicely to share many of the challenges Bernadette faces, such as not having a talent to showcase in the talent show and not being able to enter the science fair. Bernadette is good at developing "strategies" to figure out how to deal with different situations, and, with the help of her friends, she always comes out on top. A few black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout. This is a fun read with accessible language and appeal for early chapter-book readers.-Bethany A. Lafferty, Henderson District Public Libraries, NV

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897187517
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
The Lunch Bunch Series
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Glickman is a writer and a poet. She started writing about the adventures of Bernadette and her friends for her own children. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, one guinea pig, and one dog.

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