CLAIRE AND THE WATER WISH by Janice Poon

CLAIRE AND THE WATER WISH

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Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fresh from solving her last crime (Claire and the Bakery Thief, 2008), the bespectacled young sleuth is on the case again. Claire and her best friend Jet are ready to start the school year. After winning a camera in an essay contest, Jet is welcomed into the popular clique. Feeling left out, Claire befriends Sky, and the three girls end up working together on a school project. As the old axiom goes, three really is a crowd, and adolescent melodrama escalates. The fussing abates, however, when Jet goes missing. Claire and Sky stumble upon her camera and discover that she has unearthed a group of slimy polluters contaminating the lake near Sky’s house. Line-based bland grayscale illustrations do little to help a transparently sputtering plot. Simplistic panels pay scant attention to background or setting. The girls’ conflict is horribly banal; coupled with the flimsy mystery and the uninspired art, it makes this a hard sell to even the most dedicated female reader. (craft instructions) (Graphic novel. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-381-7
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2009




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