Header image with four cats and the text: Pussreboots, a book review nearly every day. Online since 1997
Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly
Blood Lure by Nevada Barr
Bombardiers by Po Bronson
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
Dark's Tale by Deborah Grabien
Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro
Fullmetal Alchemst 15 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
Havana Real by Yoani Sanchez
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Imagine a Place by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves
Immortal by Gene Doucette
June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
Life After Joe by Harper Fox
Magyk by Angie Sage
No Castles Here by ACE Bauer
The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
The Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex
The Stainless Steel Rat Returns by Harry Harrison
A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

What Am I Reading
February 06, 2012
Feburary 13, 2012
February 20, 2012
February 27, 2012

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Clementine and the Family Meeting: 02/07/12

cover art

Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker is the fifth of the Clementine series. Clementine's life is about to change and it all begins with the dreaded family meeting.

At school Clementine has to contend with her missing lab rat (number 18) and her lab partners' unrealistic expectations of what can be accomplished with such short notice. Clementine, like Horrible Harry, has a soft spot for living creatures. She's more distraught over the well being of missing eighteen than on what the rat's absence will do for her grade.

At home, Clementine has a family meeting looming. She's been extra good and can't figure what she could have possibly done to warrant a meeting. I felt bad for her as she fretted over the unknown.

The problems at school and the problems at home are thematically tied. While Clementine isn't happy with the family news, she does come to accept it. She also sees it as an opportunity to find the missing eighteen by rethinking the rat's disappearance.

I recommend the book to fans of the series, kids who are ready to move on from the Junie B. Jones books, and children who are faced with being big brothers or sisters in the near future.

Read via NetGalley

Four stars

Comments (4)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Comment #1: Tuesday, February, 7, 2012 at 22:50:03

Shannon Clark

I have fallen in love with Clementine! I read all of her books this year!

Comment #2: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 14:59:25


I some how missed reading the 4th book in the series. I'll fix that one of these days.

Comment #3: Wednesday, February, 8, 2012 at 16:43:10


This looks like a series my seven-year-old might enjoy. She's just discovered (and is delighted in) Junie B. Jones but I can tell Junie is a bit below her reading level already.

Comment #4: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 15:00:04


Clementine is a good series to graduate to from Junie B. Jones.

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis