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School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 3–6—The pair behind Something's Amiss at the Zoo team up once again. Clementine Hetherington is a scrappy, prodigious young teen with a knack for archaeology and fast cars. She lives on a diverse, alternate Earth populated by humans, humanoids, and dinosaurs with her faithful robot companion Digory. Clem and Dig are down on their luck when a shady character from their past finds them with a proposition to win the Ironwood Race—a multiday rally race of competitive archaeology site digging. What follows is a race full of danger, drama, and betrayal. At just over 200 pages, this series opener is all action for more than half of the volume. The galloping pace is perfect until the end, when it screeches to an abrupt halt. However, this won't be enough to sully the experience for most readers. Clem's ultimate discovery of her missing parents' fates is expected, but she's surprised to find out who's responsible. Holgate's illustrations are vibrant and evocative, with clever compositions in each frame. These creators have built a wonderful universe in which to continue Clem and Dig's stories, should they choose, and readers will be glad to ride along. VERDICT A general purchase and an excellent recommendation for reluctant readers.—Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library, OR - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/15/2018 Clementine and her robotic brother Digory are desperate to break into the field of archaeology and follow in their deceased parents’ footsteps. An old colleague of their parents gives them that chance by entering them into the Ironwood Race, a no-rules, Mad Max–style contest to uncover as many artifacts as quickly as possible. Clem and her brother must outrun and outwit the many other teams to not only prove themselves but also uncover the truth of their parents’ death. Clem’s backstory and her alien world don’t ever really feel properly introduced or established, which might confuse some readers and tap the brakes on this otherwise fast-moving story. But once it does get rolling, the pacing becomes relentless, quickly moving from high-octane races back to treasure hunting. Holgate’s adorable and fun illustrations recall the style and execution of Ben Hatke’s art in the Zita the Spacegirl series, and they seamlessly shift from the many action and racing scenes to quieter moments. A great addition in the growing number of kids comics with spirited heroines. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.