Children's Book Review

Clemmie’s War by Rosie Boyes

The Book:

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Book Title: Clemmie’s War

Book Author: Rosie Boyes

Page Count: 468

Publishing Date: December 2nd, 2017

Publisher: Createspace

Date Read: March 25th, 2018

Synopsis: How did ten-year-old Clemmie Beaumont die? That was the question on everyone’s lips when Clemmie woke with amnesia at Chalk House, an enchanting home for dead children. However, her arrival set off a chain of events which threatened the lives of the people and creatures she met. So, when her memory returned, she hatched a plan to wage war on those who killed her. Yet, one thing stopped her. Time itself. Follow Clemmie as she travelled seventy-five years in the past to stop a time-rift. Did she summon the courage to face her nemesis? And most importantly, did she make it back home in time for lunch? Only time, and toffees, will tell.

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The Review:

Clemmie’s War is a fast paced, paranormal adventure for middle grade readers. It is both frivolous and deep at the same time.  If you enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you will love this one!

This one was like Beetle-juice meets Peter Pan and Miss Peregrine’s, with a splash of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed it. It had humor and fun and was quite thought provoking. This is something I would have devoured somewhere between Elementary and Middle School. What have I said? I devoured it now as an adult!

I enjoyed the engaging writing style and the use of the hilarious onomatopoeias. I was drawn in from the very beginning and became lost in the world that Boyes created. I really loved her creation of a parallel world where ghosts go to live after they pass on from their human bodies. I especially loved The Chalk House, our special place for dead children.

Clemmie’s War was a deceptively deep story. On the surface it held laughter, frivolity, and innocence, but, underneath, it was an imaginative story about how our lives affect others and about the marks we leave when we are gone. It offered enjoyment for a wide age range because of this.

I found the characters of the story to be intensely lovable! There was Doctor Rose, who was like a male, mad scientist version of Miss Peregrine. There was Jess who was kind and caring and great with the kids. I loved Buttons, because she was wide eyed and innocent, and of course, I loved our main character Clemmie, because she was brave and strong, and very intriguing!

The story was clever and witty. It was full of humor and imagination. It offered familiarity to older stories, but also held its own uniqueness with creative twists and turns. AND, it had BABY FAERIES!!! Sorry, I had to mention that. This one was incredibly cute and highly enjoyable and I’d recommend it to all young readers, and those older readers who enjoy nostalgia!


Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review!
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4 thoughts on “Clemmie’s War by Rosie Boyes

  1. I love when Kid Lit/MG+ delivers a surprising one-two punch of nuance and depth, and I’m glad to hear this book offered that! And the cover is kind of adorable with the random placement of eyes haha. Definitely need to add this to my mental TBR (because I actually don’t use GR shelves the way others do) if I’m in need of a MG story!

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