Author: Nikki Sheehan
Publisher: Oxford University Press Children's
Date of Publication: February 2014
Source: For review
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Who Framed Klaris Cliff is about a boy named Joseph who has an imaginary friend, Klaris. But now, imaginary friends are bad; and to get rid of them, they put you through the Cosh, frying every bit of imagination you have.
I found this concept of imaginary friends being bad and evil intriguing and different; I've never read one with a concept like it! Full of clear-cut characters and detailed description, this book had stunning imagery, mystery and a fresh new voice.
There was always description as to what Joseph was doing and feeling, which was incredibly insightful. I found that when we found out he was worried about losing all his memories of his deceased mum, I was actually really emotional for him.
"But, when we got home and stepped inside of the
house, my certainty trickled away like down a drain..."
"...It flooded warmth through my body, radiating out
through my chest. Klaris was hugging me..."
The only thing I did find was Joseph seemed younger than 13; I'm 13 myself, and though I'm mature, he seemed a lot younger than the level of my peers. However, the book was quick and refreshing, so I didn't mind too much.
Overall, Who Framed Klaris Cliff was a light read with a unique concept; a stunning, beautiful debut.