Bertha Fights Backby Fran Lewis
Bertha, a thirteen old teenage girl, living the South Bronx, is having trouble dealing with everyday issues that children face in school and just growing up. Bertha is uncoordinated, not very pretty and has trouble doing any physical activities. Bertha has a sister named Tillie who is very pretty, very agile and has no problem making friends or doing all of the things that Bertha cannot do. They are total opposites. Tillie and many of Bertha's cousins enjoy laughing at her when she tried to ice skate; take dancing lessons or even bowl. Bertha attempted to do all of these things but could not. However, she is smart, sassy and has a great sense of humor, which helps her to deal with these experiences and others. Growing up can be difficult when you are over weight or not really good at sports or dancing. I hope you will learn from reading my book that you can be anything that you want to be and no one can stop you from reaching your goals and dreams. Not everyone is born athletic, beautiful, thin or a genius. However, every one is smart or excellent in something whether it is drawing, jumping rope or even running track. Who you are as a person is what makes you special. I hope that you enjoy reading about Bertha and Tillie and learn that there is a little bit of Bertha in everyone. My first two books send a positive message to children. They both deal with real life issues that children face today. Being over weight, bullied in school, and not very pretty made life hard for me. I know that it makes it even more difficult for children growing up today. In Bertha Fights Back Bertha learns that following the path of others and not being true to who you are can be costly in many different ways.
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Anyone who has gone through middle school knows how tough it can be. There are social cliques to contend with, and bullies who want to put you down at every opportunity. Bertha Fights Back takes this social scene to an entirely new level. Bertha is a thirteen-year-old, overweight teenager who is the object of ridicule. She decides to fight back. At first "fighting back" involves joining a gang. She soon realizes that that isn't such a good idea. The rest of the book is about her efforts to put a stop to violent gang activity in her school and neighborhood. Fran Lewis and junior author, Dani Nicole Miller, paint a stark picture of gang life in the Bronx. They spare nothing in telling of the hate crimes and violence that occur in that inner-city neighborhood. The message is that there should be tolerance and that hate crimes and gang activity are unacceptable. Every effort should be made to stop it, even if stopping it isn't easy. This is a book that would be appropriate for middle-school-aged kids or older. I don't believe this should be read by anyone younger, as the crimes described are graphic and disturbing. I do believe this is a useful tool for teaching tolerance, whether it be racial, religious, or tolerance of those who are different. It also provides ideas for working together to end hatred. As Bertha says at the end, "Stay safe. Be kind. Welcome new people in your community. Do not let this happen in your school or where you live."
Author Fran Lewis has written a children's book that should be required reading in every elementary, middle and high school across the nation. Bertha Fights Back shows what happens when a child is not accepted for who they are- but rejected for the way they look. Bertha finds her way but not before getting into alot of trouble along the way. She learns a few of life's lessons with the best one being that one must learn to love one's self first. That is doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks. This is a wonderful good for children and teens alike - A Five Star Review
Bertha is angry when several students download some really awful information about her on My Space Utube and Face Book. Not only that she gets caught in the girl's bathroom with some other kids who are accused of throwing spitballs and making toilet paper art all over the bathroom walls. Added to that some boys who crawl under the stalls and take pictures of the girls, Bertha is fuming when she gets hauled into the Principal's office for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Getting angry she decides to fight back and become a bully just like the rest to see how it feels to be on the other side of good. Next, she learns the hard way just what this means when she is caught doing even worse. Learning her lesson and helping the school officials find out who is behind these pictures, the graffiti on the school walls and the hate crimes causes her to create her own detective team and her own peer mediation group to help everyone come together. Kids from other schools are now enrolled in her middle school and what happens will really open everyone's eyes to why we need to teach our kids tolerance and understanding of all people of every race, creed and country.