Edie C · Fiction · Juvenile

Clementine, Friend of the Week | by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker
(Hyperion, 2011, 276 pages)

Look out – I found a GREAT chapter book!  Very obviously, the story is about a little girl named Clementine, who just happens to be in the third grade, and her friend Margaret who constantly reminds Clementine that she is a whole year older and in the fourth grade.  When Margaret was in the third grade, her class did “Friend of the Week” and now, Clementine is the new “Friend of the Week” in her class.  The honoree must create a journal and her classmates write their thoughts about the person in the journal.  This terrifies Clementine and the thoughts that run through her mind are charming and remind the reader of their own childhood.

The differences between the two friends makes the story fun.  Clementine is a bit of a tom-boy while Margaret is miss neat-nick – two little opposites who make a cute chapterbook – and this definitely works for bedtime reading.  After reading this with my grand-daughters, I did a little research and found that there is a series of books about Clementine and of course we intend to read them all.

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