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2023 Book Review: Clara Poole

Clara Poole and the Long Way Round by Taylor Tyng

MG Contemporary, 2023 by Pixel + Ink, 384 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Children can’t enter into contracts. Of course, this illustrates WHY in a decent way.  Suspend your disbelief on that one and you’ll be fine.
  • Sometimes a lack of dialogue tags makes it difficult to follow a conversation. It’s not all the time and it’s typically minor characters who don’t get credit for a line, but it can be confusing.
  • I’m working from an ARC, so this won’t affect my review, but my copy is formatted terribly which makes it difficult to follow. I assume this will get fixed in production.

What I Did Like:

  • Right away, I liked the voice of this one. The first scene is PHENOMENAL and the voice kicks in right away. It set the scene REALLY well. 
  • The entire story is a fun, albeit silly, ride. Not everything is particularly realistic, but it makes for an entertaining story. 
  • There’s an underlying message here about grief and confronting it, I love that! It’s handled well.

Who Should Read This One:

  • MG readers who like a little adventure! This is a fun one. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

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