When Clementine sees the 'Family Meeting!' sign go up at her house, she starts to get nervous; what is she getting in trouble for this time? She hasn't used her Dad's tools, she hasn't been eating too much junk food, and she's been pretty nice to her brother. No, the news is much worse - there's going to be another baby in the family! Clementine doesn't know why her parents want another baby. With four of them, everything is nice and square. Clementine already has her hands full with school and her friends - the last thing she needs is another baby in the house!
Clementine's individuality, determination, and point of view have already won her quite a following, and I think that this strong title will keep fans on her side. She's an engaging character and the stuff that she deals with (losing a favourite hat, dealing with her science class partner, thinking that her friend is growing up and leaving her behind) will resonate with the book's audience.
I read a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Disney-Hyperion.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall