Clarissa by Giulietta M Spudich

 “Clarissa blinked. Of course magic was real. Her best friend was a talking tree.”

Clarissa is lonely; her father is always busy and distracted since her mother died, and she finds it hard to speak out. But then her friend, the Oak tree, gives her a key which leads her to find an ancient Fire spirit and Clarissa must find courage to “fan her flame”.

I immensely enjoyed reading “Clarissa.” I felt connected to Clarissa and what she was feeling and I think that the book was simple yet nicely effective. Clarissa chimed with me because my dad recently had a stroke and this book explores a relationship between father and daughter. Other themes that stood out for me were Clarissa finding her voice and that nature can help us in so many ways. I loved this story of magic, nature, and coming-of-age, which, I think, would be enjoyed by children around the world of about ages 9+. BJMN


2 thoughts on “Clarissa by Giulietta M Spudich

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review of my book! I’m glad you felt connected to Clarissa through her relationship with her father, and also through the wisdom of nature. May tree and fire speak to us all.

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