I bet you when Jake Burt wrote Cleo Porter and the Body Electric, he thought it would be a great dystopian middle grade book about a girl who lives in complete isolation after a pandemic ripped through Earth killing its citizens. However, when it was released to the world in October, in the midst of the pandemic, you wondered instead if Burt had physic powers.

In this future, 12-year-old Cleo Porter, training to be a doctor, and her parents are sealed into large apartments without windows or doors with drones delivering their every need – food they grow, furniture, clothing and even medicine. It is life-saving medicine, delivered to the wrong apartment, that compels Cleo to do what no other human has done before – leave her home in order to ensure her patient receives the medicine she needs to live – and she only has a couple of days to do it.

Despite the eerily similar storyline of Cleo Porter and our present-day situation, it was not a disturbing read, as I thought it might be to children who are living more isolation than they should be. Instead, it was fun read with lots of action and adventure.  And an ending that was perfect.

I am going to pull a page out of my son’s book – I think Cleo Porter and the Body Electric would be a fantastic movie, but read the book first.

Cleo Porter and the Body Electric retails for $10.99. A copy was provided
by Raincoast Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

Santa’s Present Hunt

Santa’s Present Hunt by Mieke Goethals is a search and find perfect to the lead-up to Christmas.

In tall book, we get an inside look at Santa’s workshop as he and his reindeer and elves get ready for Christmas. There is so much to look at on each double page spread and the author specifically asks you to do something – count the elves and find three mice who want to come along for the ride.

Each double page spread offers a look at a different type of house and the child sleeping inside. You are again asked to find the mice and a few other things the author points out. The next two pages, we learn what the child has asked for in her letter to Santa as the child wakes up Christmas morning. It’s a fun book, with lots to look at. The illustrations are interesting and super colourful. I fun read.

Santa’s Present Hunt is $28.50 and is from PGC Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.