Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers

Clara Humble

By Anna Humphrey and Lisa Cinar

From 8 to 12 | 224 pages

Clara Humble may seem like your average fourth-grader who doesn’t look before she leaps, but she has a secret: she thinks she might have superpowers. Which is convenient, because things aren’t going so well for Clara. Students from rival R. R. Reginald are moving into her school for the term, and Clara’s favorite neighbor, Momo, is moving to a faraway retirement home.

Together with her best friend, Bradley, the winsome and overconfident Clara becomes convinced that her knack for making liquids spill, overhearing her parents’ conversations, communicating with her pet chinchilla, and maybe even mind-controlling teachers could be used to put a stop to these injustices. Sure, these “powers” may not be as impressive as built-in Wi-Fi or the ability to barf data clouds—both hacks possessed by @Cat, the bionic superhero of the comic book series Clara is creating—but they’re Clara’s best bet.

Told in Clara’s clever, funny, and strikingly authentic voice, this novel kicks off a new series by inviting readers into this memorable character’s inventive mind to share in her misadventures. Annotated with Clara’s comic sketches, it’s a fast-paced read with a spot-on perspective of life as a 10-year-old that kids will surely relate to.
"A good antidote to the feeling most kids (and adults!) will find familiar: that the world is out of their control... A promising beginning to a new series about a spirited character who is discovering her real strengths." - Kirkus Reviews
"Subtly thought-provoking... Humphrey - and Clara - have staked out their own comic territory." - Quill & Quire
"Humphrey succeeds in establishing a likable heroine, a spunky comic book fan with a wild imagination... A solid start to a new series. Clara Humble proves she doesn't need superpowers to win over young readers." - School Library Journal
"Author Anna Humphrey has done a wonderful job of telling a story that many children will be able to identify with: things happen that we have no control over and we need to learn how to cope. This book is sprinkled with adorable illustrations that depict Clara's comic strip and how she sees the world around her. This book will help students know they are not alone in how they feel and what they are dealing with. Recommended." - School Library Connection
"A funny and touching story through which young readers may explore their own feelings of helplessness and frustration." - Canadian Children's Book News
"Beautiful and fun... A worthy addition to the growing field of doodle-illustrated middle-grade novels." - Booklist
"Clara's supposed super powers make for quite an interesting storyline. The characters are well-developed, and the story is interesting... Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
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Toronto Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Club Recommended Read,
Ontario Library Association 2016 Best Bet,

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