Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend by Jacqueline Harvey
Published by Random House
Clementine is excited that a new teacher has arrived for the beginning of school year. Her friends are excited too. Mr Smee is a great deal more innovative than Mrs Bottomley, but when he sets the kids a new class project, Clementine is at a loss for what to do. The kids must do a talk on a famous friend and come dressed just like them.
Clementine consults the adults of Penberthy House as to who she should talk on. Aunt Violet is of course incensed that Clementine doesn’t chose her and her mum is far too busy with a new guest to have an opinion. The mention of a new guest sparks Clementine’s attention. Miss Richardson, an elderly but rather abrupt lady, is visiting the manor, hoping for a quiet place to write another book. Clementine is delighted to hear an author is in the house and is hoping to glean some inspiration, however Miss Richardson is far from friendly.
When Lady Clarissa decides to host a resident’s dinner, Clementine learns that there is more than one author in the house, as another gentlemen is also writing a book. When he questions Miss Richardson about her writing, she is very stand offish.
The time for presenting the class project draws near and Clementine decides to do her talk on her favourite poet, Miss Agnes Wells.
In a chance meeting in the hallway with Miss Richardson just before the recital, Clementine discovers that the elderly lady is much more famous than she has let on. All is well, as Clementine finally has her famous friend to talk about.
This was a sweet read, peppered with enough language to challenge, but also simple to suit a reluctant reader. I believe this will appeal to girls aged 6-8.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jacqueline Harvey
Title: Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend
Publisher: Random House
Published: October 2014