Bessica Lefter Bites Back

Publisher: Yearling

Bessica Lefter is back in this hilarious, all-too-relatable middle school novel that "will have readers laughing aloud" (Booklist).

Now that Bessica’s the half mascot at her middle school and made some new friends, she finally feels like she’s fitting in. But Alice, the other half mascot, hates her. And after some mean texts, Bessica’s friendship with Sylvie might be over. Bessica doesn’t want drama. She’s got her first big game to worry about. Not even taking care of gorgeous Noll Beck’s lizard or deciding whether to crash Sylvie’s party can distract her. Bessica will be facing off as mascot against T.J. the Tiger, who has a reputation for embarrassing the competition. Letting him make fun of her would be like letting him humiliate her whole school.

Bessica’s worked hard to have some social status. And she’ll work even harder to keep it. . . .

"[Bessica's] endearing qualities keep one rooting for her." --School Library Journal

"A fun story." --Midwest Book Review

"Informative and worthwhile." --VOYA 


"Will have readers laughing aloud . . . Bessica's imperfection is what makes this a story not only about self-reinvention but also about self-improvement." --Booklist

"Bessica's pell-mell, self-focused, yet funny narration still rings true as the voice of a kid whose anxieties have outpaced the rest of her development . . . her successful and funny survival of a very trying period indeed will elicit sympathy and relief from readers." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Bessica's] endearing qualities keep one rooting for her." --School Library Journal

"An informative and worthwhile read." --VOYA