Minerva is a fairly typical seventh grader, obsessing about her appearance (she's taller than most everyone her age; her hair is bushy and uncontrollable; she's clumsy, etc.). What might happen if an electric shock were to destroy that part of her brain that is focused on adolescent self-loathing? If her mind weren't pointlessly obsessing about inconsequential matters, say, and a murder happened, and suddenly she's making connections and seeing subtle things she never noticed before? Maybe the worst day of Minerva Clark's life is actually the best day of her life.
This was funny and moving, with engaging characters and a clever plot. It was fun to see how liberating it was to Minerva to feel perfectly satisfied with herself - it was very empowering, and it gave her so much freedom. The book wasn't preachy or overly hard-hitting about it, though, and Minerva's grit and determination to get to the bottom of the mystery definitely won me to this series. Plus her ferret is so darn cute! I will certainly be checking up on Minerva's further adventures.
Books in the Minerva Clark mystery series (to date):
- Minerva Clark Gets a Clue
- Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs
- Minerva Clark Gives up the Ghost
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