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Title:
Top-secret diary of Celie Valentine : friendship over
Author:
Sternberg, Julie, author.
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Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
152 pages : illustrations, 22 cm.
Summary:
"Ten-year-old Celie has quite a few things on her mind--fights with her sister Jo, secrets at school, an increasingly forgetful grandmother, and worst of all, a best friend who won't speak to her. How can a girl who hates change survive, when everything in her life is changing? By writing, of course. Celie's often comical and always heartfelt diary entries include notes, e-mails, homework assignments, and pages from her top-secret spy notebook."--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
480 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9781590789933
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Book

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Summary

Ten-year-old Celie has quite a few things on her mind--fights with her sister Jo, secrets at school, an increasingly forgetful grandmother, and worst of all, a best friend who won't speak to her. How can a girl who hates change survive, when everything in her life is changing? By writing, of course. Celie's often comical and always heartfelt diary entries include notes, e-mails, homework assignments, and pages from her top-secret spy notebook.


Author Notes

Julie Sternberg is the author of the best-selling Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and its sequel, Like Bug Juice on a Burger . Formerly a public interest lawyer, she is a graduate of the New School's MFA program in Creative Writing, with a concentration in writing for children. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. juliesternberg.com.

Johanna Wright lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, fuzzy cats, and two young children. She's illustrated Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage , Clover Twig and the Perilous Path , and several picture books, including The Secret Circus and Bunnies on Ice . johannawright.com.


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Booklist Review

What do you do when your best friend suddenly won't talk to you? The journal her father gave Celie for her birthday provides a way for the fourth-grader to vent during the two weeks that her long-time best friend Lulu ignores her. With the appearance of hand-lettering, pasted-in artifacts, and believable sketchlike illustrations, this is an appealing chronicle of a familiar experience. In her family's big-city apartment, she shares a bedroom with her older sister, Jo, who has her own friendship ups and downs. Celie and Jo are often at odds, but the sixth-grader can also be very supportive, as are their parents, though they're coping with a larger family crisis of Celie's grandmother, who has begun to behave oddly. At the end of this book, it seems likely that Granny will be moving in with them and that coping with a grandparent with dementia will be an additional issue in this promising new family-and-friendship series grounded by a likable, authentic protagonist.--Isaacs, Kathleen Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

As she did in Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and its sequels, Sternberg exposes the travails of adolescence with authenticity and humor in this first volume of the Top- Secret Diary of Celie Valentine series. For Celie's 10th birthday, her father gives her a punching bag, a journal, and a note: "May you find each beneficial whenever you're struggling to work through your feelings." His gift is right on target, as Celie is working through quite a bit. Her best friend blows her off for another classmate and doesn't invite her to a party; her older sister takes up with a mean-spirited friend and locks Celie out of their shared bedroom; and her grandmother is demonstrating some alarming behavior, including stashing her trash in the freezer and mistaking Celie on the phone for her deceased sister. Celie pours out her feelings on all of this and more in free-association diary entries full of candor and wry exaggeration. Letters, emails, and Wright's (The Best Bike Ride Ever) punchy b&w sketches pep up this lighthearted yet emotionally layered story. Ages 8-11. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Ten-year-old Celie confides her worries about her ex-best friend, her maddening older sister, and her ailing grandmother in her journal. Humor and an accessible epistolary format lighten the story's heavy issues of bullying, age-related illness, and parental discord. Celie meets tough situations with spirit and humor and accompanies even her angstiest entries with doodles of brownies, narwhals, and her friends and family. The simple line drawings and handwritten typeface make this a prime readalike for other fiction graphic novel hybrids such as Renee Russell's "Dork Diaries" (S. & S.), Amy Ignatow's "Popularity Papers" (Abrams), and Marissa Moss's "Amelia's Notebook" (S. & S.). This title has both wide appeal and substance and begins what will likely be a popular series.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.