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Minerva Clark Gets a Clue

Minerva Clark Gets a Clue

by Karen Karbo

245pp.©2006

ISBN 1582347476  

 

When I read this gushing post about Minerva Clarke Gives up the Ghost, I just had to go and see what this book was about for myself. Alas, at the time, Brooklyn Public Library did not own the book and so I went ahead and reserved a copy of the first book from this series: Minerva Clarke Gets a Clue. And just like the blogger at Book Shelves of Doom says: How did I miss this?

 

Minerva is fun and sassy.  She has three doting, concerned, cool (well sort of ) older brothers.  Absentee parents.  And she talks right to the heart of every middle school student.  This is going to be a perfect booktalk and a perfect sell to those younger students who don’t need to read those nitty gritty urban reality books that so many of my young readers cherish.

 Minerva is like any other 7th grade girl.  Self Conscious.  On the worst day of her life, she falls flat on her rear end in public while attempting to play DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). She ends up getting a ride home from her cousin who’s picked up by the police for a broken taillight and arrested because of an outstanding warrant, and finally on the worst day of her life, she’s electrocuted.

 Or is it the best day of her life? Because after Minerva is electrocuted suddenly she doesn’t care that much about what others think about her.  Before electrocution, Minerva worried about her fat backside, her height, her frizzy hair. After electrocution, Minerva looks into the mirror and sees perfection!

 If it weren’t for being electrocuted, Minerva probably wouldn’t have gotten involved with the mystery of her cousin’s arrest, possible identity theft, or the murder of the young book store clerk that she met on the worst day of her life.  But Minerva is suddenly questioning things.  Will she solve the mysteries without putting her life in danger?

 

Crossposted to http://cornerbooks.blogspot.com/

Comments

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leilathegreat
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so surprised that this series hasn't had more buzz! Glad you liked it too.
booksblogger
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting. I totally agree that this series has been a sleeper.
Isn't there a sleeper of the year award? I'd nominate these titles.
leilathegreat
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
If there isn't, there should be.
helen_c
Jan. 12th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
hey!!

Just a note to tell you I read all three books over the holidays; I did enjoy the style (it reminded me a little of Veronica Mars), and the brothers are just priceless.

It brought me back straight to those years... Especially the scene where Minerva's mother throws a piece of lasagna at her head and she runs, and when she comes back, she expects everyone to be worried out of their minds, but she finds out that nothing has changed. That rang very true...

Thanks for talking about it! :)
booksblogger
Jan. 14th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad you read and enjoyed them. The scene you described is in the book I didn't read yet... But now I want to read it.
I also like your comparison to VM. You're right! She's a young Veronica with a few awesome older brothers!
helen_c
Jan. 14th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oops, didn't mean to spoil you. I thought you'd read them all...

I'm not sure VM was ever that insecure (I think she was more gullible and carefree and oblivious), but aside from that, yes, it fits. :)
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