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Clementine Florentine

"Poetry, punk, a pooing parrot and a whole lot of heart"

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“When you’re in a funk, you need poetry and funk”. What a strapline, and this cornucopia of reverse Parent Trap mayhem and real-life problems certainly lives up to its instant appeal. With lively illustrations by Mya Mitchell, Tasha Harrison’s Clementine Florentine is perfect for fans of Tom Gates, especially kids with a penchant for writing.

Clementine Florentine is a bundle of energy and a keen poet who’s well and truly flipped into a funk when her dad starts dating her archenemy’s mum. Not only is Callum a poet, but he actually said Clementine’s poem was rubbish, so how can she possibly welcome him into her home? Worse still, what if Dad gets “slushy-mushy” over Callum’s mum and he ends up being her step-brother?!

It seems to Clementine that she has little choice but to do all she can to end this outrageous situation. As it turns out, Callum isn’t happy either. In fact, he insists that “my parents are going to get back together”. Then, while they’re both implementing Operation Bad Romance, Clementine meets wonderful punk legend Lyn (and her pet parrot) who helps her understand the situation, and put things right.

Infused with a valuable feelgood message about it always being possible to make amends and learn from your mistakes, this is a fun, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining read.

Joanne Owen

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