Minerva Clark Gets a Clue (Minerva Clark Series #1)

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Minerva Clark is a typical thirteen-year-old girl: she hates her hair, she hates her legs (which somehow manage to look both too fat and too skinny at the same time), and don't get her started on her gigantor bootie. On top of all this puberty, she's being raised by three older brothers, none of whom really get her. But when a fateful encounter with a lightning storm rewires her sense of self, Minerva Clark becomes anything but a typical teen. With a brazen new attitude and a nose for trouble, Minerva soon finds ...

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Minerva Clark is a typical thirteen-year-old girl: she hates her hair, she hates her legs (which somehow manage to look both too fat and too skinny at the same time), and don't get her started on her gigantor bootie. On top of all this puberty, she's being raised by three older brothers, none of whom really get her. But when a fateful encounter with a lightning storm rewires her sense of self, Minerva Clark becomes anything but a typical teen. With a brazen new attitude and a nose for trouble, Minerva soon finds herself drawn inexplicably to the scene of a murder and determined to track down the killer. If only all the clues weren't pointing so close to someone she knows…

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Rebus-loving seventh grader Minerva Clark humorously describes the worst day of her life, which includes making a fool of herself in front of peers at an arcade, seeing her favorite cousin getting arrested, and suffering from electric shock. But events soon take a dangerously suspenseful twist when Minerva's personality changes as a result of the jolt of electricity. No longer suffering from self-conscious, self-deprecating adolescent woes, she becomes comfortable with herself and generally more confident. This confidence and ability to look beyond outside appearances enables her to help solve a mystery and deal with the popular girls, peer pressure, trendy clothes, and her kleptomaniacal pet ferret. References to pop culture abound, including allusions to instant messaging, cliques, camera cell phones, and movies like The Matrix. (A reference to choosing the Red Pill or the Blue Pill becomes symbolic of Minerva's adventures.) Despite these and a few words that some parents will frown upon, this tale is interesting and witty enough to recommend to reluctant readers. Interspersed with Minerva's amusing revelations is an entertaining mystery with engaging characters and a positive theme.-Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Identity development and identity theft are the pivots of this summer-fare whodunit. Thirteen-year-old Minerva Clark is pretty typical; she loves her oddball older brothers, puzzles and her pet ferret. She hates her hair, her legs and the way her friends seem to have become mean-girl-junior-high-school-goddesses overnight. She hates that she's already 5'8", that mom's left the family to teach yoga in New Mexico and that she can't seem to stand up for herself-until, that is, she is accidentally electrocuted by her very own big brother. With one well-placed electrode and a single clap of thunder, Minerva's mind is purged of self-hatred and self-consciousness, allowing her to become a sort of cross between Nancy Drew and Adrian Monk, investigating a complex web of check fraud, theft and murder involving her previously-thought-perfect glamour-girl cousin, Jordan ("On the days I didn't want to be her, I hated her.") (Fiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582347479
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Minerva Clark Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.95 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo is the author of a memoir, The Stuff of Life, plus several adult novels, including Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, The Diamond Lane, and Trespassers Welcome Here—all three of which were New York Times Notable Books—and the nonfiction book Generation Ex: Tales from the Second Wives Club. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, the New Republic, the New York Times, and Redbook. This is her first book for young readers. Karen lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2008

    It was awesome.

    What i thought of this book was awesome! Its a story about a girl named Minerva Clark and she has 3 brothers, Quills, Morgan, and Mark Clark. One day when Mark Clark takes Minerva to a science fair and tries a brain test it suddenly shocks, now she is a whole nother person. Then just when things have been getting strange her cousin Jordan gets arrested for a broken tail light witch had not been broken when it wasn't when she picked up Minerva. Then the next day her cousins best friend gets murdered in hid own book store and she tries to figure out who murdered him and now you just have to read the book to find out who it was. I would strongly recremend it for people who like to read mystery books. I defenetly love the minerva clark books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

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    This story is about a girl named Minerva Clark. When her brother electrocutes her by accident Minerva experiences a sudden change. She is now bolder than ever! One day, she walks into a suspicious crime scene and suspicious things just keep on happening. And as she reveals the answers, she reveals something that even she didn¿t expect. I give this book four stars because it is very interesting. This book makes you want to keep reading. It is a hard mystery to solve. When you think you know the answer and are almost sure that you are right you then figure out that you were wrong. And then a surprising thing happens. This book is not at all boring. I would recommend that you read this book.

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