Clementine Fox and the Great Island Adventure

Scholastic/Graphix. (Clementine Fox: Bk. 1). May 2023. 208p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781338356243.
Gr 3-7–Luna grabs readers’ attention with the patterns and whimsical thoughts of the titular character as she daydreams during math class. The story is conveyed almost completely through illustrations; the text is an added bonus. The two work together to really bring young readers into the world of Clementine and her friends. When Clementine’s math test doesn’t go as planned, and her mother—who supports her but wants her to be able to do her best—suggests a tutor, Clementine hatches a plan to run away to her witchy aunt, Marnie, who lives on Giant Island, and the escapade begins. With reluctant friends in tow, the journey is rocked with challenges that not only test their friendship but also themselves. Amid their biggest challenge, the very thing that Clementine despises just might save their lives—math! The characters are relatable, and their growth is an inspiring reminder to readers that they can overcome challenges and find their own unique strengths.
VERDICT A perfect addition to any middle grade collection!

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