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Yvonne Prinz. Still There, Clare
Raincoast Books  $10.95  ISBN 978-1-55192-984-2  172 pg.
Reviewed by Heather, Age 13

I swallowed hard.  “Listen Elsa, we have to talk.” 

Elsa thrust out her chin, “Let me just look at my watch.”  Elsa glanced at her bare wrist.  “Yup, that’s it, right on the nose.  It’s time for the ‘I’m-to-old-for-an-imaginary-friend’ speech.  Um, I’ve heard it.”

Clare has two amazing best friends.  One of them happens to be a boy and the other one, Elsa, happens to be imaginary.  She doesn’t have any other friends.  She is about to turn thirteen and she decides (finally!) that she is too old for an imaginary friend.  After Elsa goes away for a few days, never to return, Clare realizes that it is really hard to cope without your friends around.  She lets Elsa come back and Clare decides that she should go on a summer vacation.  So Elsa packs her invisible bags and heads to Paris.  How will Clare manage without Elsa around?

Still There, Clare is a dreamy, smart, funny book for the average girl in grades 5-7.  It was really easy to dive into and it made me laugh in many spots.  I found I was struggling to put this book down and I’m in grade 8.  It was a little bit young for me but I liked it anyway.  The book was filled with surprises and I was awing in almost every chapter.  It was easy to get into the characters’ heads and think what they were thinking.  I loved the description and detail.  I thought the ending was a bit abrupt but other than that I give Still There, Clare 4 invisible stars.

Still There, Clare is the first book in a three part series. The other titles include Not Fair, Clare and Double-Dare, Clare. If you like Still There, Clare then I recommend you try the other two books in the series.

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