Secret’s Out!: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine by Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Johanna Wright

Published by Boyds Mills Press 

Summary:  So much is going on in 10-year-old Celie’s life—her sister has a new boyfriend, her best friend has a new friend, and her Granny is having memory issues—that it’s sometimes tempting to try to figure out what’s going on by snooping.  So Celie reads her sister’s texts and swipes a note her best friend Lula passed to Violet.  But the consequences of these actions are more conflict, and Celie learns some important lessons about respecting other people’s privacy.  The second installment of a series, this book is written in diary format, liberally illustrated with Celie’s sketches.  Readers will be glad to see the sneak peek into diary #3 at the end of this book.  176 pages; grades 2-6.

Pros:  Fans of diary-type books will enjoy reading Celie’s journal.  A bit more serious than Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries, this nonetheless captures perfectly a 10-year-old’s view of the world and her sometimes inappropriate choices on how to deal with difficult issues.

Cons:  I accidentally started with book 2 and wished I had the background from the first installment.

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