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Pippa Morgan's Diary Hardcover – December 1, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this journal-style novel, a young girl learns how quickly a lie can spiral out of control. Since her best friend moved away and her parents divorced, life has become difficult for Pippa Morgan, a 10-year-old with an active imagination. When a classroom seating change lands her right next to Catie, the most popular girl in school, Pippa tells a desperate lie (namely, that she auditioned for a popular televised singing competition) to impress her. Soon, her fib starts to unravel. Readers will quickly sail through Pippa's story, which is written as a series of diary entries in a large typeface with simple ink illustrations on nearly every page. Kelsey does a masterful job of concisely, but clearly, explaining important factors (the divorce of Pippa's parents, for example). Important preteen social issues are addressed, including lying to gain peer acceptance and dealing with divorce. VERDICT With its approachable style and friendly language, this is sure to please both older fans of Rebecca Elliott's "Owl Diaries" (Scholastic) and reluctant readers alike.—Kelley Smith, Women's Health Foundation, Chicago, IL
"Important preteen social issues are addressed, including lying to gain peer acceptance and dealing with divorce. With its approachable style and friendly language, this is sure to please both older fans of Rebecca Elliott's "Owl Diaries" (Scholastic) and reluctant readers alike.
" - School Library Journal
"Readers will get a good glimpse at how kids can untangle themselves from complicated predicaments. Droll line drawings decorate Pippa's journal, making this a good bridge book to longer chapter books. Likable characters in humorous situations make for a promising series opener." - Kirkus
"A charming story about the lengths you can go to win someone over, this is a great addition to the perennially popular illustrated-journal trend in middle-grade fiction. Although the character-created sketches can draw Wimpy Kid comparisons, the tone more closely matches Marissa Moss' Amelia's Notebook (1995)... the perfect quick read for any student with starry-eyed aspirations and a big imagination.
" - Booklist
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Pippa Morgan is undergoing some major life changes: her best friend moved to Scotland, and her parents are getting divorced. So when Catie, one of the most popular girls in the class, befriends Pippa, things are looking brighter. There’s just one problem: Pippa may or may not have told a small lie about having auditioned for a popular reality singing competition. Catie is so impressed that she signs Pippa up for the school talent show. There’s just one tiny problem: Pippa cannot sing at all! And now she’s afraid that if she tells the truth, Catie will no longer want to be her friend, and Pippa truly values Catie’s friendship. With the day of the talent show approaching, Pippa does not know what to do.
There are small illustrations sprinkled throughout the text, and these enhance the story. My oldest daughter is in the third grade, and she has been reading since preschool, but she has been reluctant to transition to novels because she loves books with pictures. She’s on the autism spectrum, and even though she has a good imagination, I think having pictures helps her (and children like her) visualize the story.
Pippa is a delightful heroine. She’s not perfect- which is refreshing and realistic. She has an overactive imagination, and this tends to get her into trouble. It is easy to relate to Pippa’s situation: a small lie can get out of control very quickly, and it’s important to think about how lies affect the people around us. We can all learn from Pippa’s experience.
The issue of Pippa’s parents divorce is handled in a very tasteful manner. It’s not the focus of the story, but it’s not brushed aside either. Pippa is excited about going to her dad’s new apartment, and everything is discussed with a positive point of view.
I would absolutely recommend Pippa Morgan’s Diary. This book is going to appeal to middle grade readers in elementary school. This was a very funny book, mostly due to the lengths that Pippa goes to in order to avoid singing in public. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Pippa Morgan's best friend has moved away to Scotland. She figures they will not see each other more and she is so lonely. She does not really have any other friends. When the teacher sits Catie, a very popular girl, beside Pippa, she wants to become friends. Knowing Catie likes The Voice Factor, Pippa spits out that she auditioned for the show and they become great friends. The problem with this is that it is a big fat lie, Pippa can't sing a note on key. When Catie tells others, the lie snowballs into a huge problem. Pippa and Catie actually do become great friends, but what is going to happen when Pippa has to tell her and the others that she was untruthful. Will they still want to be friends?
I actually enjoyed meeting these girls, they are fun and good to each other. There is no back biting or cruelty that you read about in some books. This book is just clean and light-hearted, with a message about honesty and friendship. There is humour, Pippa is bold and a bit of a tomboy, and gets her friends to try new things. I think young girls will enjoy this book and hopefully the rest of the series is as good or better than this introduction.
Special thanks to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing a copy of this book for review.
Do you remember keeping a diary when you were a kid? I do. As a matter of fact, I still have that diary. And as I started reading Pippa Morgan's Diary, I was reminded of my 10 year old self scribbling too candidly and making doodles around the edges. Oh, the whims of a little girl with an overactive imagination.
Pippa Morgan's best friend is moving away (we've all been there, right?). In order to find a new BFF, Pippa lies to the most popular girl in school, Catie, and tells her she auditioned for Voice Factor...even though she can't carry a tune in a bucket. The lie snowballs into a greater problem than Pippa was anticipating and she's left either trying to continue covering up her lie, or finally telling the truth and risk losing the only friend she thinks she has. Very real problems in the world of a 10 year old. I remember telling people I was once a famous tap dancer and even attempted to demonstrate my mad tapping skills. In my inexperienced fabricated eyes, Michael Flatly would be put to shame!
From what I understand, this is part of a series. As an introduction, this book is reminiscent of Owl Diaries and would easily appeal to fans of such. If you're looking for a much simpler version of the now-popular diary books, this is a good transitional book. It isn't very long and it reads fast. I would like to read the other books, as they are entertaining and spark a bit of nostalgia.
Pippa Morgan's Diary is clean and light-hearted. You'll find humor in Pippa's ways, and perhaps even remember some old entries of your own.
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