Posted in Book Review, Graphic Novels

Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race

By Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate

This is new graphic novel series that features a race car driving, archaeologist fourteen year old girl.  Clem was raised on digs with her parents until they suddenly disappeared. She and her robot brother went to an orphanage. The book picks when they have run away and are trying to get back on an archaeology dig. The dig they end up on is also a very rough off-road vehicle race.

I loved Clem. She is a cool girl who doesn’t let things stand in her way. Her robot brother is mischievous and loyal. There is a very funny note from him. I won’t tell you what it says but it is one of my favorite parts of the book. Their friend may or may not be a good guy.  The race is dangeous and take no prisoners. The graphics really do a good job of showing the race dangers and fun.

This is the first book. I can not wait for the next book to learn more about Clem and the other racers.

Because of the race dangers, I would say this is an older kid graphic novel. Third grade might be the youngest I would recommend and it may still be a little much then.

A review copy of this book was provided to me by Graphix in exchange for an honest review.