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Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney

Rachelle Delaney

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A wannabe journalist and reluctant astrologer turns out to be clairvoyant in Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney, a charming middle-grade coming-of-age novel.

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Clara can’t believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida leaving Clara and her mother on their own. This means her mother can finally “follow her bliss”. This involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market. And working at a herbal remedy shop and trying to develop her so-called mystical powers.

Clara tries to make the best of a bad situation. She joins the newspaper staff at her new middle school. Here she can sharpen her investigative journalistic skills and tell the kind of hard-news stories her grandmother appreciated. But the editor relegates her to boring news stories and worse . . . the horoscopes.

Worse yet, her horoscopes come true, and soon everyone at school is talking about Clara Voyant, the talented fortune-teller. Clara is horrified — horoscopes and clairvoyance aren’t real, she insists, just like her grandmother always told her. But when a mystery unfolds at school, she finds herself in a strange situation. She has an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist . . . with the help of her own mystical powers.

Rachelle Delaney is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honor Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award. Her newest novel, The Bonaventure Adventures, was published in 2017. Visit her at www.rachelledelaney.com