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Naked Mole Rat Saves the World by Karen Rivers

Kit-with-a-small-k is navigating middle school with a really big, really strange secret: When she’s stressed, she turns into a naked mole rat.

It first happened after kit watched her best friend, Clem, fall and get hurt during an acrobatic performance on TV. Since then, the transformations keep happening—whether kit wants them to or not. Kit can’t tell Clem about it, because after the fall, Clem just hasn’t been herself. She’s sad and mad and gloomy, and keeping a secret of her own: the real reason she fell.

A year after the accident, kit and Clem still haven’t figured out how to deal with all the ways they have transformed—both inside and out. When their secrets come between them, the best friends get into a big fight. Somehow, kit has to save the day, but she doesn’t believe she can be that kind of hero. Turning into a naked mole rat isn’t really a superpower. Or is it?   


Naked Mole Rat Saves the World by Karen Rivers is such a cute and quirky little book. This book stars out a bit slow but I feel like I redeemed itself with the super clever story-line. I thought this story was beautifully written. It is very entertaining. The story is filled with so much friendship and it does a great job with touching on mental illness. I think Rivers does a good job touching base on the importance of depression for a young reader and social anxieties. I don't think we see enough of these important topics in our kid lit books.

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