Minerva Clark Gets A Clue

Date finished: 8-2-08
Author: Karen Karbo
Category: Young adult mystery
Published: 2005
Pages: 245
Rating: 4.5/5

Basic Plot:
Minerva Clark is your typical teenager – awkward, self-conscious, overly concerned with appearances. That is, until she gets electrocuted. Suddenly, she’s little miss confidence and with a huge sense of curiosity to boot. When her favorite cousin gets arrested, things don’t add up for Minerva, who just won’t let it go until she has some answers. Answers she may not have really wanted.

My assessment:
I have to admit I really did enjoy this one and look forward to Minerva’s next adventure. She’s a pretty normal kid from a pretty unusual household (she lives with her three adult brothers) and makes me wish I had gotten electrocuted at 13. Wow. To drop all those insecurities in one whack? Nice.

The cast of characters was quite wide ranging, although possibly a little stereotypical. She had the geek brother, the rebel rocker brother and the sensitive brother. (Hey! It’s the new three bears!) You had the mean girls, the evolving friendships, the nasty older kids. They all played off well, but you could tell almost immediately exactly what you were going to get from them.

Still, this might be one I recommend for my 12-year-old niece. She’s not that into reading, but this was short and with a kid her age. Might be worth a shot.

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