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Always, Clementine

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Strong anti-cruelty message in lively tale of genius mouse.

Always, Clementine book cover showing mouse with white queen chess piece

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Carlie Sorosiak spins a perilous, emotional tale of a genetically enhanced mouse who longs for home and friendship, barely escapes death in a lab, finds protectors -- and proves very good at chess. As Always, Clementine unfolds, Clementine discovers there's a lot more to life than what she's seen, there's lots to learn, and some humans are kind. But for those who see her only as "Subject Seven," none of that matters.

Here, Clementine's chess-loving rescuers come to terms with her astonishing skill and how it might save her:

"Pop spun to gaze at me. ... 'Who could see you playing chess against a master and not care about your fate?'

"'She'd be like a person,' Gus added, inching forward -- until he was right by my tail. It was nice to have him close. 'I mean, you already are a person. But people could see that.'"

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