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Fictional diaries

Here are some great books written as if they were diaries — just the thing for holiday reading.

Walk softly Rachel by Kate Banks
Rachel’s brother Jake died in car accident when she was seven. Though her parents rarely talk of Jake, they have left his room as it was before his death. On a visit to Jake’s room Rachel finds his journal and begins to filter his experiences through her own, reclaiming some of the brother she has never really known.
The princess diaries by Meg Cabot
Mia Thermopolis is 14, and lives in New York with her artistic mother. Life is about to change as Mia discovers she is to become the new Princess of Genovia, a small European principality ruled by her father’s family. This is part of a trilogy, The Princess Diaries: Take Two and The Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky and has also been made into a movie.
Catherine, called BirdyCatherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman
Catherine’s mother wants to teach her the skills of the lady of the manor, her father wants only to see her married off, and profitably. Catherine hopes to be a crusader, a painter, a maker of songs, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer … Against a vivid background of everyday life on a medieval English manor, Catherine’s earthy, spirited account of her fourteenth year is a richly entertaining story with an utterly unforgettable heroine.
Sitting on the Fence by Bill Nagelkerke
The fictional diary of Martin Daly during the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand in 1981 — a time when the nation was divided between pro- and anti-tour supporters.
Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia NicolsonAngus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Georgia Nicolson is a 14-year-old girl bursting into womanhood who writes several entries in her diary for each day. For example:
Saturday 6.59pm Lindsay was wearing a thong! I don’t understand thongs - what is the point of them? They just go up your bum, as far as I can tell!
There are further books in this series available at your library.