Bertha is my character’s name.
Hoping to get her some glory and fame
Won’t you take a chance and read about her
Bertha Speaks Out you might prefer
She is over weight and not so cute
She is smart and very astute
Her mind works overtime and she has great wit
Never underestimating her I will admit
Resourceful and clever at weight loss camp
She hid her away her snacks this smart scamp
Dealing with tough girls and getting straight A’s
Bertha finally speaks out and changes her ways
A teacher who gave her a really hard time
Would not submit her story and that was a crime
Because her classmates rated it the best
She would not sit still or give it a rest
Although she might not have gone about all the right way
She finally spoke out and had her own day
To express to her parents how she really did feel
You need to read my book Bertha has great appeal.
Fran and Bertha
The reason I wrote Bertha Fights Back is because of 9/11. I was still teaching and two days before one of the students that I taught for two years in a row in a special reading class of special kids came to say hello when she brought her nephew to school. About a month later her mother came to say hello with her grandson and I asked about my Janine and how she was doing never knowing, until she told me, that she was killed in the first tower on Sept. 11. I dedicated the book to her and to all those who lost loved ones and friends due to the nearsightedness of the people who killed so many people for no reason. fran
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Bertha Fights Back – Fran Lewis, Author
Added by Ann B. Keller on June 25, 2009 at 8:35pm
There are several elements of truth in this story and Bertha Fights Back will grow on you as it gains momentum. What begins as a narration of the cruelties inflicted upon an overweight teenager by her cousin, Penelope Mia, quickly changes into a statement of our modern society.
Unfortunately, this is a time in which teenagers somehow manage to threaten teachers and school officials with guns and knives, where fellow students are held hostage by the whims of a few overeager street toughs and learning often takes a backseat to sheer survival. Bertha herself is plunged into the midst of this conflict and is forced to prove herself, despite prejudice, other people’s lack of faith and the doublts of many of those around her. Indeed, Bertha comes of age in this story, being transformed from a wounded young girl into a crusader for all that is good and honorable.