Claire and the Water Wish

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Summer's over and Claire's a bit nervous about starting at a new school. She doesn't care about being popular -- she just wants to fit in. Claire is thankful to have her best friend, Jet. But the girls quickly grow apart when Jet wins a digital camera. Jet's bitten by the shutterbug and seems only interested in snapping photos with the cool kids. Tired of Jet's antics, Claire strikes up a friendship with Sky, a girl from the local Lovesick Lake community. She learns that the water in Sky's lake is undrinkable. ...
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Overview

Summer's over and Claire's a bit nervous about starting at a new school. She doesn't care about being popular -- she just wants to fit in. Claire is thankful to have her best friend, Jet. But the girls quickly grow apart when Jet wins a digital camera. Jet's bitten by the shutterbug and seems only interested in snapping photos with the cool kids. Tired of Jet's antics, Claire strikes up a friendship with Sky, a girl from the local Lovesick Lake community. She learns that the water in Sky's lake is undrinkable. The community suspects someone's been secretly dumping waste in it for years. But when the three friends stumble across the polluters' trail, will they be able to put their differences aside in time to save Lovesick Lake? The Claire graphic novels are built on stories of strong friendships and action-packed fun. Young girls will love to share the adventures of Claire and her friends -- and then try the activities at the end of each book!
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Editorial Reviews

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Her simple and clear black-and-white art, with expressive faces, is a nice fit for younger readers.

Her simple and clear black-and-white art, with expressive faces, is a nice fit for younger readers.

Children's Literature - Sarah Knight
Claire Townsend is a middle school girl who has recently moved from the city to a quaint, country town. Excited about her new friend Jet, Claire is happy to begin school at Bigville Public School. However, as the school year progresses, a strain is placed on the girls' friendship, as Jet is obsessed with the popular crowd and Claire becomes friends with Sky, a girl from Lovesick Lake; Lovesick Lake is an area associated with lower socio-economic people. The three girls are forced to team up for a diorama project and one girl is left out. Jet, rather than focusing on the project, focuses on taking pictures of the popular clique at school; Sky and Claire are left to complete the project and have feelings of resentment and hurtfulness by Jet's abandonment. When the three girls unite to celebrate the success of the diorama project (despite Jet's lack of participation), they overcome hurt feelings and solve the mystery of Lovesick Lake. Lovesick Lake is a local lake that has a foul odor and unnatural color. The three girls discover that a corporation has been dumping hazardous chemicals into the lake, harming the residents and wildlife of the area; in fact Sky's two younger brothers have been taken ill due to the pollution in the lake. The girls unite to catch the perpetrators in the act and become local celebrities, giving interviews, and restoring friendship. Having a comic book style, this text addresses middle school issues: navigating a new school, yearning to fit in, cliques, and the heightened importance of friendship. Additionally, this book emphasizes ecology, environment, and the notion that teamwork can make the world a safer, cleaner place. Reviewer: Sarah Knight
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–In her second adventure, Claire begins school in a new town. She’s already made one friend, Jet, and then meets Sky. Then Jet becomes obsessed with her camera and fashion, annoying Claire. Sky is worried about the pollutants in Lovesick Lake that are making her family ill. The girls must set aside their differences and help find the villains who are destroying the lake. The story concludes with directions for some photography-related crafts. The black-and-white illustrations are stiff but expressive. Young readers will relate to the rocky nature of friendship. If there’s a demand for graphic novels aimed at elementary-aged girls, then this is a decent addition.–Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Fresh from solving her last crime (Claire and the Bakery Thief, 2008), the bespectacled young sleuth is on the case again. Claire and her best friend Jet are ready to start the school year. After winning a camera in an essay contest, Jet is welcomed into the popular clique. Feeling left out, Claire befriends Sky, and the three girls end up working together on a school project. As the old axiom goes, three really is a crowd, and adolescent melodrama escalates. The fussing abates, however, when Jet goes missing. Claire and Sky stumble upon her camera and discover that she has unearthed a group of slimy polluters contaminating the lake near Sky's house. Line-based bland grayscale illustrations do little to help a transparently sputtering plot. Simplistic panels pay scant attention to background or setting. The girls' conflict is horribly banal; coupled with the flimsy mystery and the uninspired art, it makes this a hard sell to even the most dedicated female reader. (craft instructions) (Graphic novel. 9-12)
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Her simple and clear black-and-white art, with expressive faces, is a nice fit for younger readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554533824
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Poon is an award-winning writer, illustrator and graphic designer. She authored Kids Can's first-ever graphic novel, Claire and the Bakery Thief. She lives, works and continues to dream up Claire adventures in Toronto, Canada.

Janice Poon is an award-winning writer, illustrator and graphic designer. She authored Kids Can's first-ever graphic novel, Claire and the Bakery Thief. She lives, works and continues to dream up Claire adventures in Toronto, Canada.

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