Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Always, Clementine

Friday, August 4, 2023

Book Review - Always, Clementine

Always, Clementine

About the Book
From the author of I, Cosmo in Always, Clementine comes a humor-filled, heart-tugging tale of a genius mouse, secretly freed from a lab, who’s in search of a real home—and a way to free her old friends. 

Clementine is different from other mice: she can calculate the speed of light and she dreams in Latin. The scientists say she’s a genius and put her through test after test. Clementine is proud of being a good lab mouse, but she’s lonely. Her only snatches of friendship occur during her late-night visits with a chimpanzee named Rosie. When a compassionate lab technician frees Clementine, the mouse discovers an outside world full of wonders: Brussels sprouts, games of speed chess, television fame, and a chance for a real home. But for Clementine, it’s not enough to be free when she knows that Rosie and the other mice are not. This tender, lively adventure story, narrated in letters from a mouse to a chimpanzee, shows us that goodness is something we have to define for ourselves—and that courage and wisdom aren’t proportionate to size.

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that is full of characters that you will love, action, kindness and a ton of heart. I loved that Clementine kept in touch with Rosie through writing letters. The action of being hijacked was exciting and you find yourself reading page by page as you want to find out what happens next. This was a great book that middle school readers will love! 

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