Minerva Clark Gets a Clue by Karen Karbo

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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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"I loved this book!. . . . This is the perfect mystery for girls who have just outgrown Nancy Drew." -Patricia Sanders, Barnes & Noble, Towson, MD
"Great mystery for grade schoolers." -Susan Rose, Snoop Sisters, Belleau, FL
"Karbo's (The Stuff of Life, for adults) first book for young readers. . . takes kids on an entertaining, curve-filled ride. . . .The narrator's relationships with her caring siblings and her recurring musings about missing her mother add poignancy to this cleverly tangled whodunit. Minerva will quite easily win fans who will hope that another mystery needs her attention." -Publishers Weekly, on-line exclusive
"Interspersed with Minerva's amusing revelations is an entertaining mystery with engaging characters and a positive theme." -School Library Journal

"A. . . 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.')"-Kirkus Reviews

"Karbo's innovative, good-natured satire of adolescent girl behavior shines when portraying Minerva's quirky but affectionate home life, in which her t

About Karen Karbo

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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.
Published November 15, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 274 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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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-per...

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Minerva Clark, formerly a typical 13-year-old girl, has a jolting experience that changes her forever.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

“The worst day of my life began at the video arcade.” So begins Minerva’s transforming experience, although this modern day teen-aged heroine is unaware of what changes await her.

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