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Wonderful series! Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015
I'm so sad that this is the last book in the series! I love Clementine, she's such a delightful character with all her idiosyncrasies. Clementine is reluctant to say goodbye to her third grade teacher and so avoids it like the plague. At the same time she juggles her anger at her father, her confusion with her mother's odd 'nesting' behavior, and her friend, Margaret's mother's wedding plans.
Clementine is her usual charming self coming up with words like astoundishing to express herself and determined to not speak to her father until he agrees to stop eating meat. She's busy making a gift for Margaret's soon-to-be stepfather, drawing pictures of sad animals for her father, and coming up with names for her coming new sibling.
I absolutely adore the relationships that Clementine has with her friends and family. They are far from perfect but it's clear that they love each other despite disagreements and flaws. The interactions between Clementine and her parents are especially endearing and her calling her brother by different vegetable names made me snicker. It's clear that despite her difficulties, Clementine will be just fine with her own enthusiastic spirit and her loving family to help her along the way.
Marla Frazee's wonderful illustrations once again give additional life to Clementine's feelings and antics. This series is everything that contemporary middle grade literature should be.