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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Morgan and Clive" is another book in Karen Pirnot's thoughtful and inspiring 'Ordinary Kids series' which is intended for pre-teen kids. The main characters in these stories face hurdles. Here we meet Clive, short for Clivinia, who has just moved to the States from England and starts Middle School. She is lively and spirited and tackles being different from the other kids with gusto. Alongside her is another new girl, Anna, who is unable to speak following an accident. She faces rather tougher hurdles than Clive, but together, with the ever good-natured Morgan, the two new kids settle in and learn to cope with the hustle and bustle and stresses of school. They prove to be invaluable members of the school and have their moment of glory.
This book is incredibly positive. Like the optimism of some of the characters, its upbeat focus is infectious. It has been written by a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively with families and children. You can add confidence to the qualities of the writing. It deals with a very hard topic and makes it accessible without playing it down or being too didactic. Youngsters will be informed and those either facing a similar illness, or seeing it in a friend, will be comforted and encouraged to accept what life has presented them with and see how to adapt to it. The writing style is lively and ideally suited to the age group these books are intended for.