Hello Reading Force families! I'm Emma, I'm a Pad Brat and I will be writing a monthly blog about reading and Forces life.
School has been back in session for a month now and I’m sure there’s been some good times (friends, lunch time, home time) and some challenging times (teachers, lessons, homework!) so I thought I’d bring you a list of books to get you through it.
When I was at school my Year 9 form tutor decided we should all keep a diary – at the same time I was enjoying reading The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.
So, in honour of my favourite series I of course created The Supa* Diaries! (Not Superstar, Supa*, because that was the logical way to write things back in 2003!).
The diaries are full of memories of my experiences as a teenager and the way the world was back then before Facebook and Selfies existed. The terrible handwriting aside, I can decipher the writing as I shared ‘youth club gossip’, my current crushes, friendship dilemmas and school stresses. I remember the diaries being a great outlet too when I had no one else to turn to. I definitely recommend starting a diary yourself.
If you’re not sure how to write one, read one first and here are some of the best ones out there:
1) Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot’s spin-off series from The Princess Diaries, Mia Thermopolis from the first series whisks Olivia Grace to New York City as it turns out she is descended from the Prince of Genovia! Definitely a great read that is just as good as the original Princess Diaries series.
2) Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
I saw the film of the series first and really laughed at the Cheese Touch game! I later read the books and they were just as funny – it’s the illustrations that really make this book an great read.
3) Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki Maxwell would get along with Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley, I’m sure. They are both funny in their observations of school life and their illustrations are always entertaining. I hope a Dork Diaries movie will come out some day, but until then there’s lots of time to read all the books!
4) Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
The obvious Jacqueline Wilson book to mention would have been The Diary of Tracy Beaker, but I’ve decided to recommend Secrets as it’s a twist on the diary tale – there are two diaries! India and Treasure meet one another and despite their different backgrounds, they are able to help one another. The story is like The Prince and the Pauper meets The Diary of Anne Frank and the style of book is one you could try yourself through your Reading Force scrapbook. You can write a diary entry and your parent could write the next one.
5) Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine
Written from the perspective of Tuffy the cat who doesn’t understand why everyone gets so mad when he brings home dead presents. A very funny book great for younger readers to share.
That’s all for now – I’m off to write my own diary!
Picture credit for The Princess Diaries http://planet-print.blogspot.co.uk