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Publisher:  Five Star Publications (AZ) ISBN-10:  1589851552 Type: 


Copyright:  Sept. 2009 ISBN-13:  9781589851313

The Attitude Girl

Everyone thinks 17-year-old Vicky has an attitude problem … but to Vicky, it's everyone else's problem if they can't handle someone who speaks the plain truth instead of sugar coating her words. She's grounded in reality, mature enough to see the world with eyes wide open!

As for her desire to accumulate great wealth … well, who doesn't want to be rich? To Vicky, having money means never having to worry or settle for less than what you deserve, like her mom did when her dad left them for good. Vicky's mom worked a job she hated for years until she recently got laid off.

Vicky's attitude was her life vest, keeping her afloat in a sea of complicated relationships, mean spirited girls and the inevitable emotional turmoil that comes with stepping out of childhood and into adulthood. While struggling to keep her head above water, however, she learns the importance of compassion, friendship, forgiveness and empathy.


In addition to being a first-place winner in the Arizona Authors Association Annual Literary Awards contest, Mila Bernadkin's debut novel draws on her experience as a teacher, mother and advanced graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature to create a novel that identifies with the tremulous world of confusing emotions and mixed messages of "maturity" today's teens live in as they feel their way through the process of becoming young adults.

YA readers of The Attitude Girl rejoice knowing that someone--in this case Bernadkin--really "gets them" and understands the difficulties of being a 21st century teenager, but they also feel comforted by the resolution presented in the book. On the other hand, adult readers gain better insight into the challenges today's teenagers face.

Contact: Linda Radke, Five Star Publications, Inc.
Phone: 480-940-8182 - Fax: 480-940-8787


CHANDLER, AZ (Summer, 2009) - Jam packed with emotional conflict, trials and tribulations, romance, and humor, The Attitude Girl by Mila Bernadkin follows outspoken, materialistic 17-year-old Vicky on her road to becoming an adult as she struggles with bullying, financial setbacks, idealism, loss and forgiveness along the way.

Lately, everyone thinks Vicky has an attitude problem … but in her eyes, she's simply being honest about what she thinks and feels - something she wishes everyone else would do a little more of - and realistic about what it takes to forge a successful future in today's economically unsteady world. She was NOT going to fail financially like her dad did before he left Vicky and her mom for good, and she wasn't going to fall for a sweet-talking guy who would happily steer her away from her goals just to get into her pants. She was being level headed! So why didn't her friends and family understand that?

In this debut novel, a first-place winner in the Arizona Authors Association Annual Literary Awards contest, Bernadkin draws on her experience as a teacher, mother and advanced graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature to create a compelling story that identifies with the tremulous world of mixed emotions and confusing messages of "maturity" today's teens live in as they feel their way through the process of becoming young adults.

The Attitude Girl, (ISBN: 978-1-58985-115-9) a Five Star Publications book, retails for $16.95 and can soon be purchased in bookstores and through,,,,, and Visit for more info.

Professional Reviews

A Wonderful Read
5.0 out of 5 stars

"In this first-person narrative we are introduced to Victoria Benson, a materialistic and self-centered teenager who is highly inconvenienced when her mother's unexpected job loss interferes with her weekend shopping plans.

"Vicky may have her issues, but dishonestly certainly isn't one of them. She speaks her mind and isn't shy to voice her opinion, whether it's wanted or not. And it's her frankness and her bluntness, and well as her occasional selfishness, that often gets her into trouble. But over the course of the story we see Vicky mature and blossom into a wise and compassionate young woman. Yes, she will always be honest, and that's a good thing, but through life's hard knocks she will learn how to be more understanding of others.

"This book is a good read for the young, and the young at heart."

Gayle Martin
Author of the Luke and Jenny series

Attitude Girl
"In The Attitude Girl we meet Vicky, 17 years old and with a self-proclaimed attitude problem. As Vicky changes through the story, teen readers will find her to be a very strong and appealing character, and while she may not lose the attitude by the end of the book, we're cheering for her as she discovers that maybe there's a lot more to her than she realized. Vicky's voice is authentic, the whole plot and conflict seem very real and timely, and the story moves along at a good pace because there's so much great interaction and dialogue between the characters. The style of writing is casual and will definitely appeal to teens."

Marcia Lusted
Assistant Editor, Cobblestone Publishing, and author of over 20 books for young readers

I loved The Attitude Girl
"I loved The Attitude Girl. This realistic story is deeply emotional and at the same time deliciously humorous. It made me cry and it made me laugh. It was absolutely impossible to put the book down. I couldn't wait to find out how it ends and I wasn't disappointed. But then, I didn't want it to end. This novel isn't just for girls; it's for their mothers and grandmothers as well."

Alla Leibman
IT Specialist and Mother

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