My name is Mina – David Almond

Mina is bright, inquisitive and having time away from school. Mina writes in her journal recording her stories and dreams, experiences and thoughts, her scribblings and nonsense, poems and songs, her loves, her mum and her dad. A prequel to the award-winning Skellig this is a captivating story about a young girl who thinks and feels deeply about life.

Acceptance speech by David Almond – 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award winner


The secret diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend

Adrian Mole is a worrier; his adolescent life is a catalogue of woes – from acne to being in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, Pandora. Writing bad poetry and pining after Pandora, he conveys the minutia of his daily life in a hilarious and often touching manner. This is a timeless novel which has become a cult book.


Letters from the Inside – John Marsden

Tracey puts an advertisement in a magazine for a pen pal and Mandy responds; they develop a great friendship, sharing news about their siblings, their boyfriends and their pets. They share stories about their everyday lives and their hopes and fears. But slowly, each girl starts to realise that there are inconsistencies in the letters of the other, and the truth is revealed.


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Born in 1929 in Germany, Anne Frank spent two years of her life with seven other Jews in hiding from the Nazis. Her diary tells what daily life was like under these difficult conditions. Yet within it, a tender love story slowly unfolds.
Recommended age: 11+

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The betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie – Jaclyn Moriarty

Bindy Mackenzie may be the smartest girl at Ashbury High, but as she discovers on the first day of year 11, she is also the most unpopular girl in school. Bindy’s life begins to fall apart as she decides to find out why the Venomous Seven, as she calls them, dislike her so much. She can’t stop feeling sleepy and she fails an exam for the first time ever. What is going on? Could someone be trying to kill her? Bindy must rely on her classmates to solve the mystery before it’s too late.
Recommended age: 13+

The Age

So much to tell you – John Marsden

The engrossing diary of a girl sent to a boarding school. Refusing to speak to anyone, her secret is slowly revealed as she writes in her English diary, revealing what happened to her in the past.
Recommended age: 11+

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Jahanara: Princess of Princesses (The Royal diaries) – Kathryn Lasky

This is the diary of Jahanara, daughter of Shah Jahan, the last great Mogul (Muslim) king of Northern India. He is remembered for building the Taj Mahal as a monument to Jahanara’s mother and his dead wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He was later imprisoned near the Taj Mahal by Jahanara’s younger brother, his own son. A most interesting and believable story.
Recommended age: 13+

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