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Diaries and Journals for 2015

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The secret diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

Literary diaries for 8 – 12 year olds

The Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Pompeii by Tim Collins

The Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Pompeii by Tim Collins

Awkward 13 year old Dorkius Maximus lives in Ancient Rome and has cleverly written via the pen of Tim Collins a light historical caper of a diary, complete with faux Roman dates.

Philippa Morgan’s Diary by Annie Kesley

Pippa Morgan's diary by Annie Kelsey

10 year old Pippa starts a diary to fill a gap in her life when her best friend moves away. Very readable, dealing with some of the common issues for ‘tweenagers’.

Pirate diary: the journal of Jake Carpenter by Richard Platt

Pirate diary: the journal of Jake Carpenter by Richard Platt

Based on the life of a 9 year old boy from New England whose ship was captured by pirates. It’s packed with pirate facts and illustrated by Chris Riddell!

Little Wolf’s diary of daring deeds by Ian Whybrow

Little Wolf's diary of daring deeds by Ian Whybrow

What a lie! Little Wolf has not written a diary at all. He has written loads and loads and loads of letters to his mum and dad. But they are jolly good to read, particularly with his phonetic spellings. Oh, and Tony Ross’ illustrations of course.

Road to war: A First World War Girl’s Diary 1916-1917 by Valerie Wilding

Road to war: A First World War Girl’s Diary 1916-1917 by Valerie Wilding

The diary documents a year in the life of a young woman driving an ambulance in France during WWI. The expressive narrative should enrich learning from non-fiction books on the subject.

Literary Diaries for teens

The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop

The Isobel journal: just a Northern girl from where nothing really happens by Isobel Harrop

Scrapbook documenting the life of the teenage author. It’s rather like Wreck this journal, but already filled in. It’s very funny and I loved it.

I capture the castle by Dodie Smith

I capture the castle by Dodie Smith

First published in 1949, it’s still delighting readers 65 years later. It often appears in lists of favourite books and has a local connection too; Dodie Smith once lived near Sudbury and the movie version was filmed at Framlingham Castle.

The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski

The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski

This diary is a salvation, and then a liability. 13 year old Rachel’s life hits a new low when her mum sets up a cleaning business employing just her and gets even worse when she has to clean the houses of all her school mates. Her life begins to look up when she captures their secrets in her newly named “dirt diary”. It’s very funny and would make a brilliant film.

Boys don’t knit (in public) by T S Easton

Boys don't knit by T S Easton

An hilarious diary about Ben, a teenage boy who takes up knitting to avoid being sent to a pupil referral unit. In the sequel, he flies to New York to take part in a knitting competition.

The secret diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

The secret diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

Based on a multi-platform adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. You may already have seen it on YouTube or Tumblr, but if not, watch this then read the book. The Guardian says they “like to think that if Austen were alive now, she might have created something very like this”.

Jo Dixon

I work for Suffolk Libraries Stock Team.