Clara Voyant

Clara can’t believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally “follow her bliss,” which involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market, 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 by joining the newspaper staff at her new middle school, where 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 start to 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 insist, just like her grandmother always told her. But when a mystery begins to unfold at school, Clara finds herself in a strange situation: having an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist … with the help of her own mystical powers.

A finalist for the Red Cedar Award, Chocolate Lily Award, Diamond Willow Award, and the Joan Betty Stutchner Oy Vey! Award for Funniest Children’s Book.

Delaney’s book has multiple fun-to-follow storylines, from the mystery surrounding the Miss Trunchbull-like janitor to the romance between Kensington’s taco slinger, Paquito, and ice cream scooper, Sophie. But it’s the loving way in which all these characters are drawn and the intimate scenes between a mystic mother and a skeptic daughter that makes this novel so affecting.”

Quill & Quire

Rachelle Delaney creates a relatable middle-school experience that will speak to young people in times of transition, or who might not feel completely comfortable in their own skin. Highly Recommended.

CM Magazine