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The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true. She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true. She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last. When a shocking mutiny forces Clarice onto a small, leaky boat with Special Lady and a dozen hungry sailors with deadly boots, Charles Sebastian is left on the ship to fend off mutineers, a flock of irate chickens, and an inquisitive human prisoner—a mouse’s worst enemy. Being careful may have saved them in the past, but now Clarice and Charles Sebastian will need to grow bold if they are to survive . . . and keep their promise to find one other again. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds comes an unforgettable adventure filled with perseverance, kindness, and hope.


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The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true. She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true. She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last. When a shocking mutiny forces Clarice onto a small, leaky boat with Special Lady and a dozen hungry sailors with deadly boots, Charles Sebastian is left on the ship to fend off mutineers, a flock of irate chickens, and an inquisitive human prisoner—a mouse’s worst enemy. Being careful may have saved them in the past, but now Clarice and Charles Sebastian will need to grow bold if they are to survive . . . and keep their promise to find one other again. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds comes an unforgettable adventure filled with perseverance, kindness, and hope.

30 review for Clarice the Brave

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: “There’s only the sky between us,” (c) Q: “What if we fail?” I said, feeling faint. “What if we run when we should hide?” (c) Q: “He said, ‘It only takes one mouse to believe in you. And that one mouse is me.’ ” (c) Q: “I can’t let all the mice go, now, can I? What kind of cat would I be if I started introducing mice to each other?” (c) Q: I taught my brother to be watchful of birds, and he told me that albatrosses are lucky. I explained that the lizards and turtles were not interested in us, so they Q: “There’s only the sky between us,” (c) Q: “What if we fail?” I said, feeling faint. “What if we run when we should hide?” (c) Q: “He said, ‘It only takes one mouse to believe in you. And that one mouse is me.’ ” (c) Q: “I can’t let all the mice go, now, can I? What kind of cat would I be if I started introducing mice to each other?” (c) Q: I taught my brother to be watchful of birds, and he told me that albatrosses are lucky. I explained that the lizards and turtles were not interested in us, so they were safe, and he explained how to take a chicken down by the wattle. I showed him how to find dew on the leaves in the morning before we went to sleep, and where the best berries grew, and how to dig under logs for tasty insects. And he taught me that Benjelloun would feed us if we ever lacked for anything. He’d managed to play the runt card with a human. And it worked. Not that I was complaining. (c) Q: If there’s one thing a mouse needs, it’s friends who believe in her. (c)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carina Olsen

    This was a book I knew I needed to read the moment I saw that cover. Because it is way too cute. And I loved that it was a story about a mouse. I have been a fan of Lisa for years, though I am also many years behind on reading her books. Oops. But I own pretty much all of them. This one I simply could not wait to begin. And I could not have been happier about this book. Giving it four stars, and oh, how much I loved it. It was such a cute story. But also so very evil and full of sadness at times. This was a book I knew I needed to read the moment I saw that cover. Because it is way too cute. And I loved that it was a story about a mouse. I have been a fan of Lisa for years, though I am also many years behind on reading her books. Oops. But I own pretty much all of them. This one I simply could not wait to begin. And I could not have been happier about this book. Giving it four stars, and oh, how much I loved it. It was such a cute story. But also so very evil and full of sadness at times. I even cried near the ending. So rude. But then it gave me so much joy as well. I adored these animals way too much. So yes. I loved this book. Will begin by saying that the writing was pretty lovely and I had no trouble connecting to this story. It is a book told mostly from the point of view of Clarice, a small mouse living on a ship. And a little from her brother too, Charles Sebastian. But this story is for the most part about Clarice. And I loved this mouse to pieces. They used to be a bigger mouse family living in the pantry of this ship. But they have lost their family one by one. Their sister to one of the three cats, and their mother to the waves, just a week before this book begins. And so Clarice and Charles Sebastian are all alone and not sure how they will manage to survive, when the rest of their family did not. To make things even worse, the sailors are talking about mutiny. A word they do not know. But these two small mice are soon to know what that word means, as it will change their world. Once the sailors start with their mutiny against the captain, they make him and his supporters leave on a smaller boat. Giving them a little food to survive, which include the crate Clarice and her brother are living in. She stays in this crate, while it is lifted off the ship. But Charles Sebastian always runs when there is danger, and he ran out of the crate. And so they were separated, he still on the large ship, her leaving on a boat. Which is what this adventure is all about. These two small mice trying to find each other again. Without being able to do a thing about it. All they can do is listen to the humans, trying to figure out what they are planning. And there was a whole lot of planning. It was interesting to see what Clarice thought about it all, how the humans were to her. This is her story. But we learn about them too, and their mutiny. There are lots of deaths. One I thought was sad, but also not that much, because he kind of deserved it. Ha. Sorry. We see a little of Charles Sebastian, still on the ship. He has lost track of the pantry, not sure how to find it again. And we get to see him trying to survive on his own for the very first time. As his family always did everything for him. And I loved seeing him grow braver on his own. He also starts a small friendship with a human girl, a prisoner of these mutineers. I felt so badly for her. And I loved that he helped her a little, at least. I did adore this little boy mouse. He was cute and pretty brave at times too. I liked his story a lot. But yeah. The star of this book was Clarice. And also Special Lady. One of the three cats, who ended up on the small boat with Clarice. This book takes place over many weeks. There are weeks of starving and barely surviving. Many of the sailors did not make it. But Clarice and Special Lady did. Since they helped each other. And I loved that beyond words. Cats and mice are enemies. Special Lady even ate her sister. They hated each other. But on this small boat, they needed each other. And that was the very best thing. The sailors did not feed the cat. Which made me want them all to die. Hmph. So rude. But Clarice fed her. She was able to sneak food from the sailors and give to the cat. Keeping her from dying, all those weeks at sea. And Special Lady helped Clarice get water that she couldn't find on her own. I so loved reading about these two becoming friends. Of them connecting and starting to care for each other. It was what I loved most about this book. Sigh. Of course, it was full of other great things too, but that was my favorite. Not going to say much more about this story. Took me a few days to read it, as I can barely read right now, but it was a really fast read and can easily be read in a few hours. I know I would read this book again. The ending hurt me. But it was also so good. There is so much going on. And I so loved every moment. Claire the Brave was just the kind of book I needed. Full of adventure and danger. The most beautiful friendship between a cat and a mouse. I loved it a whole lot. And you all need to read this too. --- This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: https://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2021...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Full disclosure - Lisa McMann and I go back a long way and I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this book. It's been a while since then and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the finished version. It was even better. There is so much heart in this book that is part Life of Pi meets Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. This book is for any kid (or grown up) who has ever worried they were worthy of someone else believing in them. I read this during what feels like month twelve-thousand of Cov Full disclosure - Lisa McMann and I go back a long way and I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this book. It's been a while since then and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the finished version. It was even better. There is so much heart in this book that is part Life of Pi meets Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. This book is for any kid (or grown up) who has ever worried they were worthy of someone else believing in them. I read this during what feels like month twelve-thousand of Covid-19 and it was a lovely respite from the real world. Perfect to put into small hands that are tired of the world on fire and need a bit of a vacation - may as well make it at sea.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Harrison

    Clarice the Brave is an adventure told from two points of view. Clarice, whose narrative takes up about two-thirds of the book, is told in first person. This gives readers a true sense of her personality, as well as her strengths and weaknesses. Charles Sebastian’s story unfolds through a third person narrative, allowing readers to see beyond his thoughts and observations. It’s an interesting approach that seems to support the characters’ natures and helps separate the action. Though Lisa McMann’ Clarice the Brave is an adventure told from two points of view. Clarice, whose narrative takes up about two-thirds of the book, is told in first person. This gives readers a true sense of her personality, as well as her strengths and weaknesses. Charles Sebastian’s story unfolds through a third person narrative, allowing readers to see beyond his thoughts and observations. It’s an interesting approach that seems to support the characters’ natures and helps separate the action. Though Lisa McMann’s characters and their relationships are well-drawn, I never really connected with them. Clarice’s repetitive ruminations really slowed down the narrative, making me feel as though I was pushing through rather than savoring the novel. Of course, this is all subjective. I recommend checking the book out from the library or reading a sample excerpt prior to purchasing to ascertain whether it’s a good fit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    emrel woody

    Thank you so much Lisa for blessing me with an e-arc of this beautiful book. 14 year old me would never believe present me if I told her that her favorite author of all time trusted her to have this story early. Here we are though! I won’t spoil since the book is not officially out yet. This book was full of adventure, but I love how it was about family and how you should never give up. I never thought I would ever love a book with a talking animal in it, especially a little mouse, but Lisa has Thank you so much Lisa for blessing me with an e-arc of this beautiful book. 14 year old me would never believe present me if I told her that her favorite author of all time trusted her to have this story early. Here we are though! I won’t spoil since the book is not officially out yet. This book was full of adventure, but I love how it was about family and how you should never give up. I never thought I would ever love a book with a talking animal in it, especially a little mouse, but Lisa has this way of making the animals she writes feel so real and full of emotion. They feel human but in a good way. Clarice absolutely stole my heart, and I was fully rooting for her the whole time. I love how this book follows pirates as well. Again, Lisa has a talent for also writing pirates. The humans were side characters in this story, which I never thought I would say I love a story with just human side characters and animal main ones, but Lisa continues to blow me away with every book she publishes. Every single page in this book gripped me, and it was such a page turner. I had to see how Clarice would pull off this major feat! Maybe my review is a bit biased, but I honestly don’t care about that. If I had to pick anyone who I look up to, the person who inspires me to be a better person and to follow my dreams, it’s her 1000%. Just the fact that she sent me this story and trusted me with it makes me feel so emotional. Go pick up Clarice the Brave ASAP when it comes out! You won’t regret picking up this middle grade adventure.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sally Kruger

    What happens when a little mouse named Clarice, who's only known life on a ship, gets wrapped up in a mutiny? CLARICE THE BRAVE by Lisa McMann weaves an adventurous tale about mice and cats and their struggle to survive the treacherous actions of humans. Clarice was born on a ship. Life hasn't always been easy. She lost her mother and her sister, but not before she learned some valuable lessons she knows will serve her well. Now it is just her and her brother Charles Sebastian. They manage to fin What happens when a little mouse named Clarice, who's only known life on a ship, gets wrapped up in a mutiny? CLARICE THE BRAVE by Lisa McMann weaves an adventurous tale about mice and cats and their struggle to survive the treacherous actions of humans. Clarice was born on a ship. Life hasn't always been easy. She lost her mother and her sister, but not before she learned some valuable lessons she knows will serve her well. Now it is just her and her brother Charles Sebastian. They manage to find food and water despite the onboard cats and chickens that present constant dangers. One day some of the humans on the ship stage a mutiny against the captain. In mere moments Clarice is being thrown off the ship into a small boat along with the captain, some of his loyal crew, and a cat named Special Lady. As the small boat drifts away from the ship, Clarice realizes that her brother is still on the larger vessel. He is not the most resourceful mouse, leaving Clarice to fear the worst. Clarice uses her cleverness to stay hidden from the humans while at the same time befriending the cat. She never imagined that her survival would depend on making friends with one of her worst enemies, but Clarice finds life is full of surprises. Back on the ship Charles Sebastian faces his own challenges. Learning quickly becomes his only chance for survival. Both mice wonder if they will ever be reunited or sail off in different directions to lives of their own. Author Lisa McMann deftly handles the connections between the human and animal world with unexpected friendships and acts of courage that will have readers glued to the pages of this wild adventure. The narration alternates between Clarice and Charles Sebastian so readers are kept on the edges of their seats as the battle to survive unfolds. Perfect for middle grade classrooms and libraries everywhere.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mystic DreamClouds

    A remarkable story of a brave young ship mouse’s journey to survive and unite with those she loves. An absolute thrilling read! We follow the views of two ship mouse siblings namely, Clarice and Charles Sebastian. Both are separated due to unfortunate circumstances and learn to become brave, believe in themselves, and trust in others even if they’re your natural enemy. The book follows mainly Clarice’s view which is written in first person, giving the reader a full view of her emotions and situati A remarkable story of a brave young ship mouse’s journey to survive and unite with those she loves. An absolute thrilling read! We follow the views of two ship mouse siblings namely, Clarice and Charles Sebastian. Both are separated due to unfortunate circumstances and learn to become brave, believe in themselves, and trust in others even if they’re your natural enemy. The book follows mainly Clarice’s view which is written in first person, giving the reader a full view of her emotions and situations. Charles Sebastian’s view is written in third person depicting his struggle to survive in various circumstances so he could one day unite with his sister. Although written in different perspectives, the writing flows seamlessly almost like poetry. Also, the cute character images at the beginning of each chapter denote which character’s story we’re visiting. The art in this book is also beautiful. It complements the story in all the right places in the right amount. Starting off with a key word both siblings heard while on the ship together – mutiny – they soon learn what it means. Struggling to survive and listening to the humans to understand what they’re planning and doing. Clarice’s views and perspectives were interesting to read about and it was very brave of her to befriend the cat, Special Lady. I loved reading about these two become best friends and each putting their life on the line for the other. There are a lot of dark and hard topics in this book, including betrayal, sickness, trauma, death, torture and abandonment. The author does a great job by including them in a way that doesn’t leave a lasting mark but also leaves an important message behind. Overall, I absolutely loved this story. It was a thrilling adventure and I cheered for both Clarice and Charles Sebastian to find their way to each other. Special Lady was really just like her name ‘special’ and I loved her relationship with Clarice and her patience. I recommend this adventure to everyone! It’s a story about friendship, about love and about believing in yourself and others. Read more reviews @ Mystic's Review Shelf

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Mutiny. I'd heard that word before. Premise/plot: For those that enjoy--even love--animal fantasy I'd recommend Lisa McMann's Clarice the Brave. This children's fantasy takes place mainly at sea--mainly. It stars two young mice--brother and sister--Clarice and Charles Sebastian. Life on board ship is HARD and full of dangers. Humans and cats pose the greatest risk--though the natural elements of wind, waves, storms pose a risk as well. But what will happen to these two when DISORD First sentence: Mutiny. I'd heard that word before. Premise/plot: For those that enjoy--even love--animal fantasy I'd recommend Lisa McMann's Clarice the Brave. This children's fantasy takes place mainly at sea--mainly. It stars two young mice--brother and sister--Clarice and Charles Sebastian. Life on board ship is HARD and full of dangers. Humans and cats pose the greatest risk--though the natural elements of wind, waves, storms pose a risk as well. But what will happen to these two when DISORDER breaks out on ship? Mutiny spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. When Clarice and Charles Sebastian are separated--by circumstances beyond their control--can either survive long enough to find the other?! The book follows both Clarice and Charles Sebastian in alternating chapters. (Or I believe they are alternating equally.) My thoughts: I definitely enjoyed this one. I personally found it hard to keep track of the alternating narrators. I wish that the book had better signals or indicators to let readers know with confidence who was narrating. I found myself searching for clues and context--anything to help me clarify if it was Clarice or Charles Sebastian. Reading is subjective. And sometimes you read a book with several distractions going on that the author is not to blame for. That could be the case here. I'd have to reread this one later to see. Since I mostly enjoyed it more than not, that isn't out of the question. I think Clarice the Brave would make a lovely animated film. I do. I thought Special Lady was a GREAT cat. I was very, very, very, very angry with the book for a couple of chapters. Think CHARLOTTE'S WEB upset. I loved the recurring message. It only takes one mouse to believe in you. And that one mouse is me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Holdsworth

    The adventure begins right away in this new book by author Lisa McMann. This will be the book you want to get your middle grade reader for Christmas 2021 or as a fantastic family read aloud. Unlikely friendships, action, pirates and so much more! Clarice and her brother, Charles Sebastian, are mice who have spent their entire lives aboard a pirate ship. Their mother has recently passed away and now the brother and sister are doing their best to be brave. The two become separated when a few pirate The adventure begins right away in this new book by author Lisa McMann. This will be the book you want to get your middle grade reader for Christmas 2021 or as a fantastic family read aloud. Unlikely friendships, action, pirates and so much more! Clarice and her brother, Charles Sebastian, are mice who have spent their entire lives aboard a pirate ship. Their mother has recently passed away and now the brother and sister are doing their best to be brave. The two become separated when a few pirates mutiny. Clarice ends up with the captain and those remaining faithful to the captain. Charles Sebastian is still on the pirate ship with the mutineers. Now they have to be brave for each other and do all they can to find one another. Clarice becomes friends with a cat while Charles Sebastian becomes friends with a human, these friendships would have never happened had they never been separated. As the reader you will learn a lot about friendship from these four, especially to be kind to others no matter what. We all need to be brave and help others in order to find happiness in our live and peace in the world. A family motto of Clarice and Charles Sebastian is shared throughout perhaps we should all begin following it "It only takes one mouse to believe in you, and that mouse is me." Their mother said this to Clarice and she shared ti with Charles Sebastian....let's believe in each other.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Beautiful, Heartwarming Book About Friendship and Family Wow! Just wow! I will admit I nearly DNF this because the first few chapters didn’t leave an impression on me...when it got good it got good though! This book is great for all ages and really teaches values, something missing from a lot of literature these days. I’m so glad I read it. This story is about a mouse, named Clarice, who has to learn to be brave when she gets separated from her runt brother Charles Sebastian. She finds out that s Beautiful, Heartwarming Book About Friendship and Family Wow! Just wow! I will admit I nearly DNF this because the first few chapters didn’t leave an impression on me...when it got good it got good though! This book is great for all ages and really teaches values, something missing from a lot of literature these days. I’m so glad I read it. This story is about a mouse, named Clarice, who has to learn to be brave when she gets separated from her runt brother Charles Sebastian. She finds out that she’s stuck on a tiny boat with the cat that killed their sister Olivia, the evil Special Lady. The story follows Charles Sebastian’s point of view and Clarice’s (mainly hers). You can tell who’s POV it is based on the little picture at the beginning of each chapter. I loved how we really did feel like we got a mouse’s POV of the world. The big themes in the story are bravery, believing in loved ones, friendship in unlikely scenarios (just wow on this, beautifully done), and family bonds. This book earned all 5 stars in my eyes because of the powerful messages and the great storyline after it got going.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Publisher Weekly recommends this book for ages 8 and up. The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true. She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful--as all mice are--but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last. When a shocking mutiny forces Clar Publisher Weekly recommends this book for ages 8 and up. The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true. She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful--as all mice are--but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last. When a shocking mutiny forces Clarice onto a small, leaky boat with Special Lady and a dozen hungry sailors with deadly boots, Charles Sebastian is left on the ship to fend off mutineers, a flock of irate chickens, and an inquisitive human prisoner--a mouse's worst enemy. Being careful may have saved them in the past, but now Clarice and Charles Sebastian will need to grow bold if they are to survive . . . and keep their promise to find one other again. Readers will delight in this unforgettable adventure filled with perseverance, kindness, and hope.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    Mutiny is a word Clarice had heard before but didn’t fully understand until is was happening around her. In the middle of the chaos, Clarice is separated from her only remaining family member, Charles Sebastian. Clarice promises to find Charles Sebastian again but how is that possible when everything seems to be going wrong and there is a cat who threatens your very existence? In her first book after wrapping up The Unwanteds series, Lisa McMann has done a fantastic job of sharing the ups and dow Mutiny is a word Clarice had heard before but didn’t fully understand until is was happening around her. In the middle of the chaos, Clarice is separated from her only remaining family member, Charles Sebastian. Clarice promises to find Charles Sebastian again but how is that possible when everything seems to be going wrong and there is a cat who threatens your very existence? In her first book after wrapping up The Unwanteds series, Lisa McMann has done a fantastic job of sharing the ups and downs of an unlikely friendship, the power of hope, and the unique bond of family. “It only takes one mouse to believe in you, and I am that mouse.”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katt

    Honestly, I did heavily enjoy this book. It was more of my style since it focused a lot on sibling + trauma/grief related themes in comparison to romance or love triangles. I really loved the characters too! They were all pretty developed even in the span of 300 pages. And cats! There are cats, and I love them. (Special Lady in particular!!) However, be prepared for lots of sadness mwahah😈 (and some slight gore, but that is quite normal coming from this particular author) If you’ve read Wings of Honestly, I did heavily enjoy this book. It was more of my style since it focused a lot on sibling + trauma/grief related themes in comparison to romance or love triangles. I really loved the characters too! They were all pretty developed even in the span of 300 pages. And cats! There are cats, and I love them. (Special Lady in particular!!) However, be prepared for lots of sadness mwahah😈 (and some slight gore, but that is quite normal coming from this particular author) If you’ve read Wings of Fire/Warrior Cats or Watership Down, I think you’d like this book. Or if you just like animal stories in general, lol. I’d rate it a 9/10! (Received a physical arc in early July, tysm Lisa)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus McMann's Unwanteds series is WILDLY popular, but her Going Wild series languishes on the shelf. This reminded me a bit of Richard Peck's Secrets at Sea. Even though I'm not usually a fan of animals that talk, I have a soft spot for talking mice (http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/2...), so enjoyed this book. Sadly, though, my students are not big fans. Books with any seafaring are also a hard sell. I would definitely buy this if I had readers for it, but I just do E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus McMann's Unwanteds series is WILDLY popular, but her Going Wild series languishes on the shelf. This reminded me a bit of Richard Peck's Secrets at Sea. Even though I'm not usually a fan of animals that talk, I have a soft spot for talking mice (http://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/2...), so enjoyed this book. Sadly, though, my students are not big fans. Books with any seafaring are also a hard sell. I would definitely buy this if I had readers for it, but I just don't.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yapha

    Clarice is a ship mouse. She's never lived any where else. Her sister is eaten by a cat and her mother is swept overboard, leaving only her brother and herself. When the ship mutinies against the captain, they are separated. Clarice ends up in the launch with the captain and a few other crew members, vowing that she will be reunited with her brother. As she sets off on this adventure across the sea, she has to be clever and brave as she struggles to survive. She stretches out of her comfort zone Clarice is a ship mouse. She's never lived any where else. Her sister is eaten by a cat and her mother is swept overboard, leaving only her brother and herself. When the ship mutinies against the captain, they are separated. Clarice ends up in the launch with the captain and a few other crew members, vowing that she will be reunited with her brother. As she sets off on this adventure across the sea, she has to be clever and brave as she struggles to survive. She stretches out of her comfort zone and makes friends in unusual places. This was a great adventure. Recommended for grades 3 & up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Schoenberger

    This was such a cute story! One thing about this book that is particularly interesting is that Clarice's pov chapters are in the first person and Charles Sebastian's pov chapters are written in the third person. I think that this is the first book like that I've read before. I'm still sad that the Unwanteds series is done (one of my all-time favourites), but this story of family love and unlikely friendship was the perfect thing to read now, as this is the longest amount of time I've gone withou This was such a cute story! One thing about this book that is particularly interesting is that Clarice's pov chapters are in the first person and Charles Sebastian's pov chapters are written in the third person. I think that this is the first book like that I've read before. I'm still sad that the Unwanteds series is done (one of my all-time favourites), but this story of family love and unlikely friendship was the perfect thing to read now, as this is the longest amount of time I've gone without seeing my sister.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Armağan

    Hayatım boyunca okuduğum en tatlı hikayeydi. Tahmini çıkış tarihi Ekim 2021 olarak belirlenmiş, umarım ülkemizde de basılır. Tüm çocukların okumasını isteyeceğim türden bir kitap olmuş. Kardeşiniz, arkadaşınız için neler yapabileceğiniz, bunun nasıl bir sevgi olduğu o kadar güzel bir şekilde anlatılmış ki bütün kitabı yüzümde bir tebessümle okudum. Kesinlikle favori çocuk kitabım oldu diyebilirim.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Sweet and tender tale of bravery and courage. Clarice the mouse and her brother are separated aboard a ship in turmoil (mutiny!) and struggle to survive and get back to one another. I’d call it The Adventures of Charlotte Doyle, meets American Tail. Yes, a very apt combo. Good sorry for younger elementary readers and particularly kids who enjoy animal stories (often mine do not). Unique friendship with a cat - good themes of getting along with those who are different from us.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daphne Belderol

    I was expecting a sad ending. Glad to be disappointed. Heartbreak. Love. Loss. Journey. Complete package. Heartwarming. Thank you, Lisa.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    Clarice the Brave is stunningly written, and Antonio Caparo's illustrations are a beautiful complement to this breathtaking story. Full of adventure, heart, and unlikely friendships, in this heartfelt sibling story of separation and loss, McMann has created a powerful tale of love and resilience that will make your heart sing. Clarice the Brave is stunningly written, and Antonio Caparo's illustrations are a beautiful complement to this breathtaking story. Full of adventure, heart, and unlikely friendships, in this heartfelt sibling story of separation and loss, McMann has created a powerful tale of love and resilience that will make your heart sing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie Heneghan

    Adventure, friendship , family, overcoming differences

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashleu

    Delightful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Schmid

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Kuzma

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan Reyes

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  28. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA CORTEZ

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maria Wang

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Benich

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