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Jaclyn Hyde

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sci-fi fun as a perfectionist's potion makes her a monster.

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This lively sci-fi tale is full of messages to help kids feeling the pressure of school, sports, and other activities navigate the relentless push to be the best. Jaclyn Hyde has a strong message about personal expectations and pride, reminding readers that they can always try to be better students, friends, and people, but that perfection isn't the goal. Perfection isn't attainable, even with potion and magic and the very best Mount Vesuvius model ever built thrown into the mix. Jackie's cutthroat sabotage is a fun read for every exhausted kid who has dreamed of taking the shortcut to the top, and a funny mirror to Jaclyn's focused perfection.

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