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Clementine and the Family Meeting (Clementine #5)

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Clementine's having a nervous breakdown. The FAMILY MEETING! sign is up in her house, and she just knows she's in trouble for something. Has she been too mean to her little brother? Too sloppy? Eating too much junk food? Try as she might to find out what's on the agenda, her parents won't reveal anything before the meeting. As far as Clementine is concerned, the agenda sho ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was getting burnt-out on the series, but, looking back, I think I was just projecting my hatred of my job. I still hate my job, but, today, I don't blame Clementine. These books are the perfect introduction to the joys of fiction for beginning readers (Girls at least. My policy at that age was pretty much, "No guns? No, thanks."), but they address some pretty grown-up difficulties in pretty grown-up ways. Clementine and the Family Meeting is about negotiating change and loss. Pennypa ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader’s copy of Clementine and The Family Meeting by Sarah Pennypacker from NetGalley.

I am always excited when a new Clementine adventure is published. I’ve enjoyed all of the previous books and so have my elementary students. This book was no exception. In fact, it might be my favorite Clementine book.

Clementine is very worried. The FAMILY MEETING! sign has been posted on the fridge. This usually means that Clementine is in trouble. What could she have done now? Was she
Mary Ann
Clementine is sure she’s in trouble again - why else would the “family meeting” sign be posted? No matter how much she begs, her mom just won’t tell her what the meeting is about. Clementine is used to family meetings where she has to think about being nicer to her little brother, being better behaved, trying harder. But nothing prepares her for the news at this family meeting: a new baby is on the way. Clementine is not taking the news well. Their family of four suits her just fine.

"Four can b
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book did its job. It entertained me. But it wasn't too "special". It was a normal middle grade book. I've always enjoyed Clementine books, and this is possibly my favorite. Clementine is really naive, but mayne it's her age. i recommend this book. But Only for people who enjoy middle grade.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, I need to stop listing these shorter children's books that Andrew and I have been enjoying; however, I can't avoid listing Pennypacker's newest Clementine. Andrew and I continue to love Clementine and all her nuttiness. I'm quite certain that author writes this series with us in mind.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
I just love Clementine.
Katie Fitzgerald
When Clementine sees the family meeting sign hanging in the kitchen, she's sure she's done something wrong, and immediately starts to have a nervous breakdown. It turns out, though, after pestering her parents and worrying all day long, that the meeting has nothing to do with Clementine's behavior at all. Rather, it is her parents who have big news - they want to have another baby. Clementine is immediately displeased. Four is the perfect number, she says, and there's no reason to mess with perf ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is the fifth book in the wonderful Clementine series. In this book, Clementine is very worried because the Family Meeting sign is hung up at home. She just knows that she has done something wrong again. So she goes out of her way to demonstrate how kind she is to her little brother, how neat she can be, and how she eats healthy foods. Clementine is surprised to find out that none of those things are on the agenda, instead their family will have a new addition. And it’s not the gorilla that ...more

There is SO much to love about this book. When Clementine finds out that she's going to be a big sister to yet another sibling, she doesn't worry about being neglected or unloved or feeling like she's not "enough." She feels frustrated that no one asks for her input and upset that with five people in their family one person will always be left out. After all, a family of four can be divided into two and two, but a family of five does not divide evenly. In a family of five you might not always ha
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Clementine’s day is off to a bad start: the family meeting sign is posted on the fridge. Those meetings are often about something she has done that she shouldn’t, so she is worried. In science class she discovers her science project rat has disappeared somewhere in the school’s walls and she and her partner will probably have to come up with a new project. Then, back home at the end of the school day, she can’t find her favorite hat—the one knitted by her grandmother. Can the day get any worse? ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
OK. All quotes are coming from an electronic ARC so ... page numbers are going to be off. But I can't help sharing a few. They make me laugh.

"Then Margaret had blabbered on and on about advanced lip-gloss tips and the proper application of eyeliner until I thought I would die of bore-dumb." (pg 8)

I will NEVER hear that word the same way again.

"I opened my backpack and pulled out my important papers folder and ... [it] was still there! I'm supposed to keep it until the end of the project, and eve
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-fiction, humor
Here we are at book #5 in this new series, and Clementine is still as humorous, realistic, and refreshing as ever. I just love this kid.

Family Meetings usually mean Clementine is in trouble. But not this time. This time the news might even be worse than getting in trouble: there's going to be a new baby in the family. Just what Clementine did not need. Their family is perfect the way it is! Their kitchen table has four sides, so four people have their own place at the table, and that's all they
Margaret Janavicius
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eight and a half year old Clementine is worried. “I’m having a nervous breakdown … Our FAMILY MEETING! sign is up, and I have to wait until tonight to find out if I am in trouble.” Thankfully, Clementine’s parents don’t want to talk about her behavior. Instead, they have an announcement: “We’re talking about a new baby … What do you think about that?” Clementine thinks the idea is terrible. “No thanks to more people! Our family is four … Four is a perfect number for our family!” A new sibling is ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker

I would love having Clementine in my class at school. She is herself at all times. I admire that. She would be a great friend. She is creative and funny. Although I have to say she does some things that would make my 9-year old self a little nervous. (I didn’t like getting into trouble.) She is committed to her family and she always tried her best. It’s just that things don’t always work out smoothly. When this book begins Clementine's having
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This title was reviewed from and electronic galley received from NetGalley.

Clementine and the Family Meeting is a fantastic new installment to the lovable Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker. We follow Clementine through her day leading up to the FAMILY MEETING! Her day does not go well. First she must listen to Margaret go on and on about perfect lipstick techniques, then science project, a rat named Eighteen, has escaped. Next she must go home and worry until it is time for the FAMILY MEETIN
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Sara Pennypacker’s funny and quirky character Clementine! These books always make me laugh and they are perfect as a family read or for that beginning reader just coming out of their first chapter books. In Pennypacker’s new book, Clementine and the Family Meeting, Clementine finds herself facing the prospect of a new brother or sister and not quite sure how to handle it. With the help of a rat named Eighteen and her new grown up tool belt, Clementine comes to terms with having a new baby ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this story, Clementine finds out that her mother is going to have a baby. At first she is not happy about this, but she begins to understand that there will also be good that comes from this big change. In a parallel story, her rat from science class has gotten lost and her hat has gone missing. Will something good come out of this situation? You bet, but you will have to read to find out what that is. The neat thing about these books is that Clementine says her feelings are in sections (just ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Clementine's having a nervous breakdown. The FAMILY MEETING! sign is up in her house, and she just knows she's in trouble for something. Has she been too mean to her little brother? Too sloppy? Eating too much junk food? Try as she might to find out what's on the agenda, her parents won't reveal anything before the meeting. As far as Clementine is concerned, the agenda should be something like: "We're getting a gorilla." But no, it's something entirely different. "We're talking about a new baby, ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
In Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sarah Pennypacker is the fifth of the Clementine series. Clementine's life is about to change and it all begins with the dreaded family meeting.

At school Clementine has to contend with her missing lab rat (number 18) and her lab partners' unrealistic expectations of what can be accomplished with such short notice. Clementine, like Horrible Harry, has a soft spot for living creatures. She's more distraught over the well being of missing eighteen than on wha
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Clementine keeps getting better with each new book. This one will speak especially loudly to many kids, as its focus is on change: both its inevitability in our lives, & how difficult it can be to accept. Many things are changing in Clementine's life, & she's pretty sure she'd just like it to stop right now & go back to how it was. Most drastically, at a family meeting, Clementine's parents make the shocking announcement that there's going to be a new member of the family - & Cle ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-adele
By far my favorite Clementine book yet. Everything about it felt just right. Plot gist: her parents (which I totally love, they're such real people) announce at the family meeting that they are going to have another baby (their third, Clementine has a little brother) and she has a hard time with it. But there's so much more to the book than that! My favorite part is when she's explaining to her dad why they can't have another one, how she is such a handful, and their table only fits the four of ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Clementine is worried that the family meeting is being called because of something she did. She fears she did something wrong and has put herself in some sort of trouble and despite asking about it, her parents make her wait until the meeting to find out. However, she does find out that their family is growing and she is going to be a big sister to another sibling. Clementine struggles her way through dealing with this idea and learns that families grow all the time. She learns to embrace and¬¬ ...more
Tina Peterson
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Clementine reminds me of a modern day Ramona Quimby. Remember Ramona? When Clementine sees a note on the refrigerator that her parents have called a family meeting she starts worrying that she's in trouble and she decides to try to figure out what she did while trying to be as good as she can be. What a surprise when she discovers the family meeting isn't because of what she did - but because they are going to have a New Baby! No Thanks! 4 is the perfect number - there are 2 boys and 2 girls and ...more
Morninglight Mama
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, fiction
Oh, how I adore this little girl and this entire delightful series. I read books 1-5 with my 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son over the course of the last few months, and we've laughed, and maybe even cried a wee bit, together over every single one. I love how REAL Clementine is, and her voice is believable, sympathetic, and wholly lovable. I would love for my children to find their own inner Clementine, for she is so honest and true to herself, quirks and all. I especially love her parents ...more
The words "Family Meeting" strike fear into Clementine's heart. It seems like every time they have a family meeting, it's because of something she's doing wrong. But it's even worse than she expected: her mom and dad announce they are having another baby. This is NOT the kind of news she needed to hear, especially with everything that's going on at school. First, Margaret (her best friends) has started acting really strange since she came back from California. She's into make up and clothes and ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the things that I enjoy most about the Clementine books is the fact that Clementine seems so real, just like the kids I work with every day. She has her strengths (very observant, kind heart, willing to work) and her weaknesses (fidgety, impulsive). She has good days and bad days just like every child does. She has problems at school (missing science project rat) and at home (adjusting to a baby on the way). But Clementine's family and friends are interesting characters as well and are mo ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kids
I am adding this book to represent the series, really. We have read three Clementine books, and i think they are brilliant.
Clementine is a flawed character. Like Ramona, she gets into unintentional trouble. Like Ramona, she has a strong voice and an undeniably appealing character. Clementine works hard to solve her troubles, to come up with techniques to get along in the world. She is also compassionate and amusing. Josh and i love that she calls her little brother random vegetable names - it is
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For those of you unfamiliar with Clementine, she is the spunky heroine of a lovable series of books by Sara Pennypacker. Just as funny as Junie B. Jones but with better manners. Clementine is sure to be a hit with kids 5-10 as well as their parents. In this book, the FAMILY MEETING sign is up and Clementine is sure it is about her, she just isn't sure what she has done this time! As it turns out, it is not about her, but about a new addition to the family. What is Clementine to do! Her family is ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We love these books. They pass pretty much all of my criteria for children's books:

1: have good pictures that are more interesting the longer you look at them (we are Marla Frazee fans)
2: can be read aloud without wincing at poor sentence structure, have good rhythm and sentence length
3: are believable - the kids talk like kids, the interactions are within range of normal for the age group
4: provide insight into the way children think/behave
5: present problems without miraculous solutions

Marie k
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