Morgan and Clive

An Ordinary Kids Book, Vol. 4

Fiction - General
111 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2013
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Author Biography

. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is a Clinical Psychologist and author. She writes family-friendly books for those from ages two to one hundred and two. She has won multiple awards from Readers Favorite and her books are used at schools, colleges and libraries across the nation.

Dr. Pirnot's book AS I AM was co-authored by Garret Frey, a former patient who struggled to obtain a free public education as a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent child. He fought through the courts, a battle which ended up before the judges of the US Supreme Court. The judgment in the case is now a hallmark decision affecting thousands of handicapped children across the nation. The 5 book, mid-grade series called Ordinary Kids features various special needs people (children and adults) in everyday situations.

Tapping into her work as a psychologist, Dr. Pirnot puts her characters into realistic but difficult situations and then allows them to dig their way through to successful results. This approach allows both child and adult characters to feel a sense of efficacy in their own abilities.

The autobiography Just A Common Lady details Dr. Pirnot's own struggles as a child. Her mother died at a young age, leaving Dr. Pirnot and her siblings in the care of various family members for years. The lessons she learned from these caretakers undoubtedly influenced her multivariate approach as a practicing psychologist.

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    Book Review

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.

Karen Pirnot

Stephanie, you have plucked the essence of the book and put it onto paper in a wonderful review. Thank you SO much for the positive comments. You've made my day!!

Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot