Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bernice Butman, Model Citizen By Niki Lenz

Bernice Buttman is tough, crass, and hilarious, and she just might teach you a thing or two about empathy in this debut reminiscent of The Great Gilly Hopkins.When you're a Buttman, the label "bully" comes with the territory, and Bernice lives up to her name. But life as a bully is lonely, and if there's one thing Bernice really wants (even more than becoming a Hollywood stuntwoman), it's a true friend.

After her mom skedaddles and leaves her in a new town with her aunt (who is also a real live nun), Bernice decides to mend her ways and become a model citizen. If her plan works, she just might be able to get herself to Hollywood Hills Stunt Camp! But it's hard to be kind when no one shows you kindness, so a few cheesy pranks may still be up her sleeve. . . .

Get ready to laugh out loud--and maybe even shed a tear--with this fantastic new middle-grade voice

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Niki Lenz is an author living in Kansas City, Missouri. She is married to a handsome and brave police officer and has two adorable children. She studied elementary education at Southwest Baptist University and taught kindergarten for six years. She enjoys reading, travel, glamping, polka dots, red lipstick, and oldies music. Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen is her first novel.

My Thoughts...

What a fun, laugh out loud read. It's a good book for 7-12 year olds. A book that I think all middle grade teachers should have the whole class read. Bullying is a huge issue and this book is a great read and learning experience about bullying.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it. Teachers should have this book in their classrooms.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. Oh how I wish my son had this to read when he was being bullied in school!!!! Thanks for sharing this review!

  2. So sad that this kind of book is needed now in schools.

  3. Wonderful book idea bullying is such a problem now days.

  4. I hope that all the bullies are made to read this book everyday of school and that it touches them ad changes them.

  5. I don't have kids in this age range anymore, but I think it sounds good for a classroom read like you said Mary.