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Clara Humble 1
Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers
By (author): Anna Humphrey Illustrated by: Lisa Cinar
9781771471473 Hardcover, Dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Sep 15, 2016
$16.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8 x 0.81 in 224 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
Clara Humble may seem like your average fourth-grader who doesn’t look before she leaps, but she has a secret: she thinks she might have superpowers. Which is convenient, because things aren’t going so well for Clara. Students from rival R. R. Reginald are moving into her school for the term, and Clara’s favorite neighbor, Momo, is moving to a faraway retirement home.

Together with her best friend, Bradley, the winsome and overconfident Clara becomes convinced that her knack for making liquids spill, overhearing her parents’ conversations, communicating with her pet chinchilla, and maybe even mind-controlling teachers could be used to put a stop to these injustices. Sure, these “powers” may not be as impressive as built-in Wi-Fi or the ability to barf data clouds—both hacks possessed by @Cat, the bionic superhero of the comic book series Clara is creating—but they’re Clara’s best bet.

Told in Clara’s clever, funny, and strikingly authentic voice, this novel kicks off a new series by inviting readers into this memorable character’s inventive mind to share in her misadventures. Annotated with Clara’s comic sketches, it’s a fast-paced read with a spot-on perspective of life as a 10-year-old that kids will surely relate to.

ANNA HUMPHREY is the author of the Clara Humble series and other novels for middle-grade and young adult readers. Anna lives with her family in Kitchener, Ontario.

LISA CINAR is an illustrator and owner of the online shop Draw Me a Lion. She has written and illustrated several picture books in addition to the Clara Humble series. Lisa lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Spunky Clara Humble and her clever cartoon drawings about her feline heroine @Cat are bound to delight kids who love a school story filled with mischief, mystery and real-life problems. Kids who have graduated from the Just Grace series and are looking for more will love following Clara’s misadventures as she battles her nemesis, Bossy Becky, and deals with all kinds of challenges in her life. Can’t wait for book two!” - Phyllis Simon, Vancouver Kidsbooks

“You'll love Clara Humble. She has a vibrant imagination, a wild spirit, and a tender heart. Fans of the Ramona Quimby books and Ivy and Bean series will delight in Clara's passionate yet hare-brained plans to save her school from the mean kids, to stop her best friend from moving away, and to bring super hero-style justice to her elementary school.” - Erica Nikolaus, Words Worth Books

"Clever and creative—this book has the perfect mix of 'comic' relief and expert storytelling that tugs on all the right heart strings." - Arthur Slade, Author, The Hunchback Assignments series

“You’re going to fall in love with Clara’s zest and energy and amazingly fun approach to life. Add a memorable story to a memorable character, and you have the perfect ingredients for a wonderful read.” - Sigmund Brouwer, Author, Justine McKeen series and Seven series contributor

“Spirited and imaginative, Clara Humble’s true superpowers are found in her creative ability, the love and support of her family and friends, and her everlasting determination to right the wrongs of her fourth-grader life. Her memorable comic adventures show true heart.” - Amy Mathers, Amy’s Marathon of Books

“Whether defending her school from bitter rivals or scheming up ways to keep her friends happy, I couldn’t help rooting for Clara. Her imagination, adventurous spirit, and all-around charm drew me right in.” - Kristen Ciccarelli, Bookseller for Words Worth Books

"Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure." - Lindsey Ferrante, Collection Development, Baker & Taylor

"A good antidote to the feeling most kids (and adults!) will find familiar: that the world is out of their control... A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths." - Kirkus Reviews

"Subtly thought-provoking... Humphrey - and Clara - have staked out their own comic territory." - Quill & Quire

"Humphrey succeeds in establishing a likable heroine, a spunky comic book fan with a wild imagination... A solid start to a new series. Clara Humble proves she doesn't need superpowers to win over young readers." - School Library Journal

"Author Anna Humphrey has done a wonderful job of telling a story that many children will be able to identify with: things happen that we have no control over and we need to learn how to cope. This book is sprinkled with adorable illustrations that depict Clara's comic strip and how she sees the world around her. This book will help students know they are not alone in how they feel and what they are dealing with. Recommended." - School Library Connection

"A funny and touching story through which young readers may explore their own feelings of helplessness and frustration." - Canadian Children's Book News

"Beautiful and fun... A worthy addition to the growing field of doodle-illustrated middle-grade novels." - Booklist

"Clara's supposed super powers make for quite an interesting storyline. The characters are well-developed, and the story is interesting... Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials

"Humphrey's new series starring Clara Humble as a plucky young cartoonist tackles the big challenges facing kids like friendship, anger, competition, and change with honesty and humor...delightful...hilarious super hero hijinks that kids will love." - The Midwest Book Review

"Will be understood by middle school readers." - Resource Links

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