Title: Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower
Author: Lisa Graff
Where to find it: J GRA
Ms. Liz says:
Bernetta loses her private school scholarship after she is implicated in a school-wide cheating and blackmail scam by her “best friend.” She can’t convince anyone that she is innocent. She must come up the $9,000 tuition she lost in order to keep attending Mount Olive, the private school that she has gone to since she was in kindergarten. Bernetta is also grounded for the summer and is banned from her father’s magic club where she is his assistant. Bernie meets Gabe and allows herself to be convinced that the only way to raise the money is to become partners with Gabe in a con game. So she spends the summer using the sleight of hand tricks she learned at her father’s magic club by conning people to get the tuition money she needs and to get revenge. I enjoyed this book because it is a funny and moving story about losing yourself and finding your way again.