THE DIARY OF MELANIE MARTIN by Carol Weston

THE DIARY OF MELANIE MARTIN

Age Range: 9 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

This teen gossip columnist's fiction debut floats like a bubble in the breeze, despite plenty of traumatic events and sibling conflict. Off to Italy for ten days with little brother Matt and parents Marc and Miranda, Melanie fills up her diary with details of the long flight and subsequent jetlag. Encounters with new people (“Almost everyone here speaks Italian—even kids”) and food, visits to famous places (“The Leaning Tower of Pisa is soooo cooool”), family squabbles, and a chain of calamities, from running into one of her father's old flames on her parents’ anniversary and having to search—twice—for a missing Matt, to having a wallet stolen and needing a quick trip to the emergency room after a fall. All's well that ends well, heigh ho; Melanie returns to the States with new tastes for gelato and parmesan cheese, a greater willingness to appreciate people—even dorky classmate Norbert—and an unaffected poem that sums up her experiences. Sprinkled with exclamation points, pronounced Italian words (“piazza (Pee Ot Za)” etc) and small drawings, Melanie's journal will tease fans of the Eloise sequels and like travelogues into further armchair adventuring. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-375-80509-5
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2000




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