Cornelia Needs A Space of Her Own


Fiction - Realistic
68 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2019
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Eight-year-old Cornelia is faced with a summer break from school and knows just what she wants to do. Since she is always filled with “great ideas”, Cornelia is going to design her own bedroom. The middle child of three girls, she is taking it upon herself to create a step to her independence. She’s a third-grader, after all. She is tired of picking up after younger sister Casey. There had to be a space in her house just for her. After scouring the house, Cornelia decided that her mother wouldn’t mind sharing her art studio. Unfortunately, her mother didn’t agree. The side porch was much more secluded anyway. Too bad she didn’t count on the insects and exterior noises during her first and only night there. The attic wasn’t her first choice but it had to perfect. After a long day of cleaning and decorating, Cornelia settled down with her flashlight and a copy of her favorite book. Living in the attic was just like being in a Little House on the Prairie. Cornelia’s room was perfect. Except for the bats.

Cornelia Needs A Space of Her Own: The Cornelia Chronicles, written by Jodi Stapler and illustrated by Maria Fló, is a delightful story of a middle child in search of a place of her own. Stapler uses just the right amount of humor to balance an otherwise serious issue of middle child syndrome. Maria Flo’s illustrations are the perfect reflection of this enjoyable story. I was sad to reach the conclusion so fast. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Cornelia Needs A Space of Her Own as a Scholastic Book Club choice. A perfect read for youngsters that tackles social issues in a fun and relatable way.