NEW BOOK – Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske
Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske, Charlesbridge (August 2017). Ages 9-12.
There’s a lot of buzz about this book in the MGlit world, and rightly so! I’m really glad I finally got around to reading it; it’s a great introduction to the topic of OCD (that character’s mother struggles with it) and how it can manifest itself. It tackles a complex topic without making it feel overwhelming to young readers.
Eleven-year-old Kat Greene has a lot on her pre-rinsed plate, thanks to her divorced mom’s obsession with cleaning. When Mom isn’t scrubbing every inch of their Greenwich Village apartment, she’s boiling the silverware or checking Kat’s sheets for bedbugs. It’s enough to drive any middle schooler crazy! Add friendship troubles to the mix, a crummy role in the class production of Harriet the Spy, and Mom’s decision to try out for “Clean Sweep,” a competitive-cleaning TV game show, and what have you got? More trouble than Kat can handle. At least, without a little help from her friends