Clara can't believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally "follow her bliss," which involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market, working at a herbal remedy shop and trying to develop her so-called mystical powers. Clara tries to make the best of a bad situation by joining the newspaper staff at her new middle school, where she can sharpen her investigative journalistic skills and tell the kind of hard-news stories her grandmother appreciated. But the editor relegates her to boring news stories and worse . . . the horoscopes.Worse yet, her horoscopes come true, and soon everyone at school is talking about Clara Voyant, the talented fortune-teller. Clara is horrified--horoscopes and clairvoyance aren't real, she insists, just like her grandmother always told her. But when a mystery unfolds at school, she finds herself in a strange situation: having an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist . . . with the help of her own mystical powers....
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Clara Voyant Reviews
I was fortunate to receive a digital ARC of Rachelle Delaney’s Clara Voyant via Net Galley, thanks to the lovely folks over at Penguin Random House Canada. When I saw the adorable cover and title, I knew I needed to pick this book up. The novel tells the story of sixth grader, Clara, as she tries to “prove her chops” and obtain an investigative piece for her school’s newspaper. To her dismay, she winds up running the paper’s horoscope column instead. Abhorring anything superstitious, you can ima ...more
I really liked this middle grade novel!
This story is set in Toronto, in Kensington Market. It’s a quirky area of the city, so it is perfect for Clara’s mystical mother.
I liked the twist on the story when Clara had to write horoscopes. She didn’t want to write them because she didn’t want to be like her mother, and then she was shocked when they started coming true! She was given the nickname Clara Voyant, but she suspected it was probably just a coincidence that her horoscopes came true.
One thin ...more
*I got a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Clara is a rational thinking girl who doesn't believe in anything magical or that doesn't have a logical explanation. But sadly for her it seems that can't escape those crazy ideas, not in her school where she's doom to write the horoscope in the school newspaper, not in the new weird neighborhood where she lives with her mother, Gabby.
In this book you won't find magic per se. There's n ...more
Now I haven’t read a “children’s” book in a very long time. That being said, I liked Rachelle Delaney’s “Clara Voyant.” It was a light, easy read that made me smile. I often found myself reminiscing on my own elementary school experiences. And I loved the fact that it was set in Toronto.
Oddly enough I found some of the names of the characters a little out there and distracting. I had trouble following at the beginning since she referred to both her mother and grandmother in their given names. A ...more
★★★★✬ 4.5 stars
Why I recommend this book:
1. It's very relaxing!
2. A very awesome, colorful cast
3. Strong girls who mean business, good role models
4. A message about counting your blessings
5. It talks about loss and change, but in an upbeat manner.
If you want to read more about these points or see ALL the GIFs, come here and read the full review on my blog.
These are the books I recommend based on this one, reasons also on the blog post:
I thank Penguin Random House Canada / Puffin Canada for ...more
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Clara moved to a new neighborhood recently and doesn’t really like it. The people here are too weird and it doesn’t help that all her mother is talk about herbs, ghosts and powers.
What Clara wants to do is stick to the fact and become a journalist. She actually writes at her school’s paper but the editor only gives her small articles to do until she gets her own column… The horoscopes. Everything she hates…
I found the plot pret ...more
I forgot to write a review last year so here it is:
I did like this book, I think that it can almost bring back memories from middle school. I would recommend this book for the ones that feel like reading something simple, and yet with a good plot.
Review to come.