Friday, July 18, 2014

THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE: FRIENDSHIP OVER

Fun Friday!
 
Did you keep a diary or journal when you were a kid? Do you keep one now? If not, look at all the fun you missed. If you did, you'll relate to Celie Valentine's diary.
 
Aren't you curious to see what's inside? I was, so I requested an ARC and discovered what Celie has to say.
 
 
THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE: FRIENDSHIP OVER
By Julie Sternberg
Illustrated by Johanna Wright
 
Friendships. Favorites. Family. Secrets and worries. Just another day for ten-year-old Celie Valentine Altman as she tries to understand her life, friends and family.

In Author Julie Sternberg’s middle grade novel, THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE: FRIENDSHIP OVER, Celie writes her thoughts in a journal or diary. Many things in Celie’s life confuse her, and she tells her frustrations and fears like she sees them. Her diary is very personal to Celie, and she warns the reader to stop reading on page one. Following along with her diary entries will have you smiling and laughing and nodding your head at her observations about life. We see what she thinks about chicken for dinner and how her parents favor her sister, typical thoughts of many children her age. One thing I especially like is how much like her dad Celie is. Her emotions run deep. Why does her former best friend hate her? Why does she hate her friend? What is wrong with her granny that she loves dearly? Under all her complaints, however, we see the gentle heart of a girl who just wants to understand the world around her.

Fun black-and-white illustrations by Johanna Wright are just right for Celie’s thoughts and comments. Every elementary school library should have a copy of THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE: FRIENDSHIP OVER, and teachers might want one for their classroom library. Also, pick up a copy or two for the middle school children in your family or other middle-graders you know. The author gives us a humorous peek into the life of a fourth-grader, perhaps reminding you of those days when you were in fourth grade and life was a puzzle.
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Available for pre-order at Amazon and other stores.


More news:




Mary Waibel's latest YA fantasy, QUEST OF THE HART, will be available July 18-20 for $0.99 at the MuseItUp bookstore and Amazon. You don't want to miss this one.

Congratulations, Mary.













Happy Reading!


13 comments:

  1. Fourth grade everything still had questions and wonder indeed

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  2. Mmm, the link for Mary's book doesn't work. Here it is:
    http://www.amazon.com/Quest-Hart-Princess-Valendria-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CF3E8I0/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405689398&sr=1-1&keywords=Mary+Waibel

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  3. Great review, Beverly! Congratulations, Julie. Looking forward to reading your book!

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    1. It is a fun read, Karin. I'm giving the copy to my great granddaughter, a fifth-grader. She loves to read.

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  4. I already love Celie. Who couldn't?

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  5. She is quite a character, C Lee, and the illustrations are such fun.

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  6. This does sound like a fun book! Celie is sure to be a favorite character. Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Young readers should enjoy reading Celie's diary and may want to start one of their own, Jess.

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    1. I think it will appeal to girl readers, Kelly.

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  8. Hi, Beverly. Sounds like a fun book to read. Cute cover. I kept a diary when I was younger. Sadly I no longer have it. I think it would have been fun to go back and see what I wrote when I was a young girl.

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    1. That would be fun to see what you thought about friends and family when you were younger, Susanne. I don't recall keeping a diary until I was grown. I think I still have some; haven't looked at them in years.

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