Diary-style stories are incredibly popular amongst young readers at the moment, mainly thanks to the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series. If you’re looking for looking for some new books to explore, you might like one of these:
Diary of a Taekwondo Master by Shamini Flint
After some prompting from his dad (and against his better judgement), maths-whiz Marcus starts Taekwondo lessons. He soon finds himself squaring up to the school bully, Hulk in a fight which can only end in disaster.
Told in a funny, illustrated diary format, there are several other sport-related additions to this stories. Football, golf, cricket, rugby, basketball and swimming feature so there’s something for everyone!
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
This series centres around Nikki Maxwell who had hoped to become one of ‘the popular’ kids when she moved house and started a new school. Instead, she met her arch-nemesis, Mackenzie, the school’s queen bee.
Follow Nikki as she battles through the trials and tribulations of trying to fit in at school.
Stunt Boy – The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer by Ciaran Murtagh
Fin is an average 12-year old boy who dreams his stuntboy antics will one day turn him into a global megastar. Unfortunately he has to deal with school, an annoying family and some embarrassing friends.
One day he’s given a diary which makes all that change overnight. Suddenly, he can make people remember whatever he likes and people at school begin to believe he’s ‘Fincredible.’ So why is his life still such a disaster?
ShoutyKid by Simon Mayle
In this fab new series, we are introduced to Harry Riddles, self-proclaimed videogame geek. This book follows Harry’s trials and tribulations as he joins the school football team after some encouragement from his dad.
The whole story is cleverly told through a series of emails from Harry to various friends and sports stars he contacts for help. A modern update on the traditional diary format and a sure-fire hit with today’s tech-savvy young readers.
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate (aka Nate Wright) is eleven years old, 4 1/2 feet tall and self-proclaimed genius. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with self-belief.
In this instalment of the Big Nate series, the man himself takes to the basketball court with his usual swagger. Despite his confidence, he can sometimes be more of an obstacle to his own teammates than their opponents are.
Funny stories told in a comic strip style. Proving very popular with our readers.
Turning to Jelly by Candy Guard
In the first in this illustration-crammed series, Jelly and her best friends Ruby and Myf are heading off to secondary school. They try desperately to fit in but gets in a few sticky situations where cross-country running and party planning are concerned.
Jelly’s family are not helping improve her street-cred either. Her mum and stepdad are like chalk and cheese (although generally quite supportive) and her brother,Jay, just likes to wind her up.
You could almost be reading a real teenager’s diary when you settle down with this funny read. The font and doodles really contribute to the overall effect, making it a real treat for its readers.
We hope you’ve found a brand new series to devour. Good luck hunting them out in the library or bookshop!
We’re off to write in our secret diaries,
Library Girl and Book Boy.