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Reviews of Novel
Reviews of Novel
Reviews of Novel

“Bruce Bernstein’s coming of age novel for children and preteens, You Gotta Have Heart, has it all. …The plot, which follows a young orphaned boy as he comes of age, is inspiring, moving and unforgettable. …You Gotta Have Heart is most highly recommended.” -Readers' Favorite, 5 Star Review



“This is a great book for a variety of audiences.” -LitPick, Student Book Reviewer, Jonathan,

12 years old, 5 Star Review



"I loved You Gotta Have Heart by Bruce Bernstein because it tells the story of someone who has a regular life with regular problems. …I enjoyed the book immensely and recommend this book to those ages 8 and older.  I give this book 5 stars for its incredible plotline and how the characters were portrayed."

-LitPick, Student Book Reviewer, Josh, 14 years old, 5 Star Review

"The characters in You Gotta Have Heart are so well developed that they will surely reel readers in to see what happens next. This coming-of-age story will be sure to delight pre-teens and teens who will be able to relate to Alan’s need to find his place in the world." -The Children's Book Review


"You Gotta Have Heart is a beautiful story, both sad and hopeful." -Foreword Reviews

"Inspirational, realistic fiction that will appeal to young fans of martial arts."-Kirkus Reviews

"A deftly crafted and thoroughly entertaining read by an author with a genuine flair for originality character driven narrative storytelling, "You Gotta Have Heart" by Bruce Bernstein is very highly recommended for school and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections for young readers ages 8 - 12."- Midwest Book Review 

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