Clementine and the Family Meeting
Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Clementine is relieved to hear that the family meeting is not about something she is doing wrong. She’s n-o-t, not relieved to hear that a new baby is on the way. Black-and-white illustrations done in pen and ink.
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Awards & Honors
2011 Cybils Awards, Early Chapter Books, Finalist
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Clementine knows that a family meeting means trouble, and when her mother won’t give her an advance peek at the agenda, Clementine is really worried. Is she smiling enough? Being nice to her brother? Using her best manners? Nothing can prepare our heroine for the bombshell her parents launch: there will be a new baby in the house. Clementi
Clementine knows that a family meeting means trouble, and when her mother won’t give her an advance peek at the agenda, Clementine is really worried. Is she smiling enough? Being nice to her brother? Using her best manners? Nothing can prepare our heroine for the bombshell her parents launch: there will be a new baby in the house. Clementine’s reaction is less than enthusiastic. “Our family is four. There are four sides to a puzzle so we can all work on it at once… Four is the perfect number for a family!” Clementine’s friends are changing, too. Margaret has become a “makeup fiend,” and Waylon, her science class buddy, is suddenly obsessed with his self-professed superpowers. Even Eighteen, the rat who was supposed to be the star of their science project, has run away. Clementine’s father reassures her by admitting that he understands her ambivalence about the new baby. And when Clementine calls a family meeting of her own, readers will see how much she has matured in just a few years…and can imagine what a great big sister she will make. Clementine is becoming a more complex character as she matures, and fans of this fine series will enjoy the nuanced way she has grown more trustworthy and mature while staying true to herself.
5 1/2" x 7 3/4"
Level 3.9; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 3.5; Points: 5;