Perfectly Chelsea

Claudia Mills; Pictures by Jacqueline Rogers

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Chelsea learns she is perfectly human

If Chelsea Garing likes anything better than school, it's church, especially when she gets the chance to shine. Unfortunately, Chelsea can't perform perfectly every time. One day, when she's serving as acolyte, her candlelighter unexpectedly goes out. Another day, when she's acting a role from the Good Samaritan story in Sunday school, annoying Danny Repetti plows into her. Why her friend Naomi Goldberg doesn't find Danny unbearable is beyond Chelsea. During fourth-grade gym, Danny makes a remark about Hanukkah that Chelsea is sure has offended Naomi -- yet it hasn't! A much more serious matter perplexes Chelsea: how can God let people die?

Chelsea Garing may not always be at her best for God or man, but she learns to accept everyone's shortcomings -- including her own -- in this thoughtful, funny portrait of a child who loves her life at church. Warm, lively drawings by Jacqueline Rogers complement the story.


Praise for Perfectly Chelsea

"Unlike most fiction for children, this story clearly shows the importance and place of religion in everyday life...more depth than the usual chapter book and more references to church activities than most readers will come across in a month of Sundays." -- Booklist

"Genuine...This will resonate with many kids' experience, and it may actually inspire a few youngsters to find new appreciation for their own religious life." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Those searching for religious-themed fiction will find much to rejoice in here." -- The Horn Book

"Engaging." -- Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Claudia Mills; Pictures by Jacqueline Rogers

  • Claudia Mills is the author of many children's books. Her last chapter book, 7 X 9 = Trouble!, was an ALA Notable Book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

    Jacqueline Rogers is a veteran illustrator of children's books. She lives in Chatham, New York.
  • Claudia Mills


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Perfectly Chelsea

Claudia Mills; Pictures by Jacqueline Rogers

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