The new face of big evil is a little... small. Dastardly deeds aren't exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name "Clementine," but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day her father is cursed by a mysterious rival. Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord.
But when it's time for her to perform dastardly deeds against the townspeople — including her brand-new friends — she begins to question her father's code of good and evil. What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn't want to be a dark lord after all? This intriguing tale begins with wordplay and a hilarious premise that reveals surprising depths as the sensitive Clementine questions everything she knows and discovers unexpected truths about community and forgiveness.
"Horwitz’s ingenuity for bizarre enchantment and characterization proves boundless: Clementine’s confidantes include a boy transfigured into a witty black sheep, a paper chicken that morphed from the family spell book, an amorphous snow figure who protects the area, and a huntress searching for a powerful unicorn. Anchoring the tale are the sensitive girl’s conflicted feelings about inheriting the Dark Lord title, since she prefers flowers over weeds and spells that involve sunshine rather than darkness. In a wry, satisfying ending, Clementine hints at future enchantments ahead." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Sarah Jean Horwitz|
|Publication Date||Oct 1, 2019|
|Publisher||Algonquin Young Readers|