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Beauty and Bernice

Nancy Viau, Illustrations by Timothy Young

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Age level: Middle Grade: Ages 8-12


Twelve-year-old Bernice Baransky likes the grunge look she’s come by honestly as the only girl at Porchtown Skate Park who can pop an ollie, ride the rails, and grind the slabs. She’d love to impress Wyatt Anderson, a skater who calls her Dude, but Bernice can’t seem to do more than mumble when he’s around. Should she accept help from a new neighbor, the proper and princessy Odelia, who is desperate to befriend her? Odelia keeps a fancy notebook called Odelia’s Guide to the Social Graces and spouts off hilarious lessons on poise, posture, manners, and what to do about embarrassing “oopsies” like unexpected burps and spilled soda. This exciting story takes readers on a thrill ride from the skate park’s half-pipe to Smile Academy, a summer camp for Down syndrome children. A novel full of adventure and heart, it asks the question: can two very different people ever be friends?

Size: 6" x 9" | 32 b/w images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355806

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Nancy Viau soars along on a skateboard only in her dreams. In real life, she loves to ride her superfast bike, hike beautiful mountains, and travel. She is the author of the middle-grade novel Just One Thing! (2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year). Her picture books include First Snow, City Street Beat, Storm Song, Look What I Can Do! and several forthcoming titles. To learn more, please visit www.NancyViau.com.