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Clementine and the Family Meeting: 02/07/12
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker is the fifth of the Clementine series. Clementine's life is about to change and it all begins with the dreaded family meeting.
At school Clementine has to contend with her missing lab rat (number 18) and her lab partners' unrealistic expectations of what can be accomplished with such short notice. Clementine, like Horrible Harry, has a soft spot for living creatures. She's more distraught over the well being of missing eighteen than on what the rat's absence will do for her grade.
At home, Clementine has a family meeting looming. She's been extra good and can't figure what she could have possibly done to warrant a meeting. I felt bad for her as she fretted over the unknown.
The problems at school and the problems at home are thematically tied. While Clementine isn't happy with the family news, she does come to accept it. She also sees it as an opportunity to find the missing eighteen by rethinking the rat's disappearance.
I recommend the book to fans of the series, kids who are ready to move on from the Junie B. Jones books, and children who are faced with being big brothers or sisters in the near future.
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Comment #1: Tuesday, February, 7, 2012 at 22:50:03
I have fallen in love with Clementine! I read all of her books this year!
Comment #2: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 14:59:25
I some how missed reading the 4th book in the series. I'll fix that one of these days.
Comment #3: Wednesday, February, 8, 2012 at 16:43:10
This looks like a series my seven-year-old might enjoy. She's just discovered (and is delighted in) Junie B. Jones but I can tell Junie is a bit below her reading level already.
Comment #4: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 15:00:04
Clementine is a good series to graduate to from Junie B. Jones.