The “Lunch Bunch” series is now available in French
from les éditions du Boréal.
THE LUNCH BUNCH SERIES
STARRING BERNADETTE INEZ O’BRIAN SCHWARTZ .
$8.95 paperback with black and white illustrations 128 Pages 7.5 5.25 Ages: 7-9
FROM THE REVIEWS:
Bernadette to the Rescue is the fourth [sic] adventure book of a popular series about a third grade eccentric, lovable girl detective with eco-learnings. Bernadette and her friends Annie, Keisha, and Megan decide to attend day camp together after finishing third grade, and although Bernadette fears she will miss her usual museum camp experiences, she finds challenge and meaning in investigating a mysterious disappearance of a local frog population. Using scientific method, Bernadette arrives at some surprising findings and enjoys good fellowship and growth in meeting new challenges along the way. Bernadette to the Rescue is a chapter book for readers ages 7-9, with appealing characters, quirky black and white drawings by Melanie Allard, and fast action with built in surprises. To instill a healthy send of self and empowerment especially in young girls along with improving language and reading skills, there is nothing like this charming series. The characters radiate genuine concern for each other and the environment, and the political correctness factor is not annoyingly obsessive, just underlying.
– The Midwest Book Review, June 2012
$8.95 Paperback with black and white illustrations / 124 Pages • 7.5 x 5 / Ages: 7-9
FROM THE REVIEWS:
“When her former best friend Jasmine comes to visit during winter break, third-grader Bernadette ignores her current friends, hurting their feelings and coming close to breaking up the Lunch Bunch … When Bernadette realizes how much she values these new friends … she comes up with the perfect lunch strategy to make things right. In this sequel to Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch (2009), Glickman again portrays elementary-school life realistically. Bernadette’s difficulties juggling her friendships, her longing for a puppy of her own and her discomfort when her classmates think she’s responsible for the month-long Healthy Food Challenge will feel familiar. The relatively long, mostly un-illustrated chapters are best suited for the most able chapter-book readers, who will appreciate the challenge and are less often served by material appropriate to their lives and experiences.
A satisfying sequel leaving room for more.”
© Kirkus Reviews, September 2011
“Bernadette in the Doghouse is the second book in the Lunch Bunch series, which revolves around the adventures of third-grader Bernadette and her three special friends, Annie, Keisha, and Megan. Bernadette faces a friendship dilemma when her best friend Jasmine comes to visit for the holidays and Bernadette ends up ignoring her Lunch Bunch friends to be with Jasmine, visiting the science center, and conducting weird experiments attempting to create ice cream from snow. Bernadette’s mother plays a special role in believing in her daughter’s ability to create solutions to her relationship dilemmas. The whole thorny issue of BFF competitive friendships is tackled creatively in Bernadette in the Doghouse, and solutions that are crafted may resonate significantly with a young female readershipwho face similar problems. Bernadette in the Doghouse manages not to take itself too seriously while offering some serious food for thought, with cheery black and white pencil illustrations and positive believable action and exposition to balance the book.
Bernadette in the Doghouse is an all around winner, and readers will eagerly anticipate the third volume of the Lunch Bunch series.”
© 2011 Midwest Book Review
“The second book in the Lunch Bunch series follows schoolgirl super-scientist Bernadette Inez O’Brian Schwartz into complicated territory. Instead of trying to solve a tricky experiment, she has to navigate the more complex terrain of friendship.Bernadette’s old best friend, Jasmine, has moved away, but she is returning for a visit during the winter holidays. Bernadette naturally wants her stay to be special. Jasmine camps out in Bernadette’s room for three days, they take a trip to the Science Centre, and they make ice cream the old-fashioned way with snow from the backyard.
The trouble is that Bernadette’s new crew, the Lunch Bunch, aren’t invited along. In fact, Bernadette won’t even return their calls while Jasmine is visiting. Once Jasmine returns home and school starts up again in January, Bernadette finds herself being left out. It takes an extra special Lunch Bunch strategy to show Keisha, Megan, and Annie how important they are to her.
Glickman develops Bernadette’s gang of girls a little further in this book, while maintaining the spirit of the original Lunch Bunch story. The focus is on Bernadette and Keisha’s relationship, but the other girls are given their moments in the spotlight as well:Annie proves to be a talented gymnast, and Megan shows an aptitude for helping others get along. As the girls work through the mire of school-age jealousies, they befriend an elderly neighbour and volunteer to help out with her garden.
The text is broken up by Melanie Allard’s engaging black-and-white illustrations — the inclusion of which is a solid technique to help younger readers bridge the gap between picture books and junior novels — and there’s enough in the way of science and recipes to keep fans of the first book interested in the series. “
© Quill & Quire , December, 2011
“What makes someone your best friend? In this sequel to Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch, a group of smart, clever third-grade girls try to figure it out. Bernadette and her friends have a great time playing together, doing projects, sharing Christmas and Hanukkah traditions, and organizing fun themed lunches. But when Jasmine, who used to live nearby, comes back to visit, Bernadette wants to spend all their time catching up, and her other friends feel left out. Now Bernadette is in the doghouse, and not just because she desperately wants a puppy. Susan Glickman presents a cast of likable, believable characters who discover together what it means to be a friend… the important message makes this book a valuable addition to most collections serving chapter book readers. Highly recommended for grades 2-5.”
– Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews, November/December 2011: Volume 1, No. 4
“Bernadette learns some valuable lessons about friends, old and new. A great gift for kids age 7-9 who are learning to understand how to handle themselves in the sometimes tricky realm of friendship.”
Open Book Toronto Holiday Book Guide 2011 (online)
“The best buds and pets themes are definitely in line with the interests of its intended Grade 3 readership.”
© Canadian Children’s Book News, Winter 2012
“Bernadette is a red headed vivacious, smart, investigative, and confident eight year old that loves animals and her friends. … Susan Glickman clearly demonstrates how an eight-year-old mind works with vibrancy, energy and heightened speed … This chapter book with a few black ink cartoon illustrations and a vibrant cover is sure to capture any eight to twelve year old confident, talented and curious girl’s heart.
“We were … reading a chapter book about a third grader named Bernadette who identifies herself as a young scientist – Bernadette in the Doghouse. The added complexity of this book was how much more complicated friendships are beginning to become for girls her age. Along with the world of science, these are deep waters to navigate. It was nice to have a story so Elizabeth understands that she is not alone when friend A says something bad about friend B or friend C says she doesn’t want to play with her today.
Here is to hoping that the coming new year is a time of wonderful discoveries in science and friendly friendship for girls (and boys) all over the world!”
RECOMMENDED BY THE CANADIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTRE IN THEIR ANNUAL PUBLICATION, BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS!
And don’t forget the first book in the series,
Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch!
ISBN 978-1-897186-51-7 only $6.95
Starred selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s
Best Books for Kids & Teens: Annual, 2009
FROM THE REVIEWS:
“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 ©School Library Journal, 2009
“First her best friend moves away and then the school system excludes third graders from the science-fair competition. For third grader and budding scientist Bernadette Inez O’Brian Schwartz, this promises to be the worst school year ever. Bernadette is an original—imaginative, organized, moody, but resourceful. Slowly, she makes new friends, a Lunch Bunch with whom she can share strategies for making lunch at school interesting. She has a pirate party, comes to terms with being nothing more than one of the audience for the Talent Show, concocts a project that makes her sad friend Megan smile and circumvents the science-fair decision. Poet and literary critic Glickman’s first novel for children realistically captures elementary-school life with sympathy and humor. Allard’s occasional line drawings show a diverse cast of characters and add to the appeal of this substantial chapter book first published in Canada in 2008.”
— © Kirkus Reviews, January 2009
“Susan Glickman has created a credible heroine in Bernadette Inez O’Brian Schwartz whose curiosity and drive are as long as her name. Bernadette’s portrayal as a single-minded, dramatic girl full of ‘strategies’ who is determined to change an unjust decision is completely believable. Indeed, her over-the-top exaggerations are what one might expect from an incorrigible, imaginative eight-year-old. “
–Jonine Bergen, Canadian Materials (Feb 09)
“Bernadette and the Lunch Bunch by Susan Glickman is the fun story of a very small girl with a very big imagination.”
–Marie Bruni, “Library Corner,” The Daily Star, Oneonta, New York, Thursday May 14, 2009