Clara's superpowers include being able to spill things, communicate telepathically with her chinchilla, and wake up at 7:14 every morning, but will they be enough to stop her life from being ruined?
When the track team from a rival school causes mayhem at a meet, Clara and her teammates are angry. When the rival school discovers mold in its walls and the students must join them at Gledhill Elementary, they're even angrier. To make matters worse, Clara discovers that her neighbor and best friend, Momo, is moving to a retirement community. Luckily, Clara has the solution. She and her other best friend, Bradley, get to work strengthening Clara's superpowers in order to drive their rivals from their school and keep Momo's house from being sold. But is it working? Humphrey introduces a new series with an energetic romp through the trials and tribulations of this 9-year-old and her friends. (Clara seems to depict herself and Bradley as white in her pictures; ethnicity is indicated with surnames.) Her characters are funny and flawed and a good antidote to the feeling most kids (and adults!) will find familiar: that the world is out of their control. Illustrations of Clara's comic-book alter ego, @Cat, give the book an extra entertaining element.
A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths. (Fiction. 7-11)