Diaries, Journals, Letters (Grades 4-6)

Behrens, Rebecca.  When Audrey Met Alice.  J FIC Behrens
When the Secret Service squashes yet another chance for the president’s daughter, Audrey, to make any new friends, Audrey discovers former First Daughter AliceRoosevelt’s hidden diary, which gives Audrey endless ideas for having fun– and more problems than she can handle.

Cabot, Meg.  From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess.  J FIC Cabot
A middle-grade spinoff of The Princess Diaries, about the long-lost sister of Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia.

Cleary, Beverly. Dear Mr. Henshaw.  J FIC Cleary/ J PB C
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

Cleary, Beverly.  Strider.  J FIC Cleary
In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents’ divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.

Coville, Bruce.  The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie.  J FIC Coville
Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure.

Ehrlich, Gretel.   A Blizzard Year : Timmy’s Almanac of the Seasons.  J FIC Ehrlich
For one year, thirteen-year-old Timmy records in her journal the changes she sees in the natural world and her family’s activities on their Wyoming ranch as they fight to save it from financial ruin.

Hesse, Karen.  Letters from Rifka. J PB H // J FIC Hesse
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.

Holt, Kimberly Willis.  Dear Hank Williams.  J FIC Holt
In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.

Hurwitz, Johanna.  Dear Emma.  J FIC Hurwitz
In her letters to a Vermont friend, eighth grader Dossi, a Russian, Jewish immigrant living in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1910, shares her thoughts about her new brother-in-law, the diphtheria epidemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

Kalman, Esther.  Tchaikovsky Discovers America.  [OLDER] J FIC Kalman
Eleven-year-old Jenny, whose family came from Russia to America to start a new life, meets the famous Russian composer on his 1891 trip to the New World and writes about it in her diary.

Kehret, Peg. My Brother Made Me Do It.  J FIC Kehret
In letters to an elderly pen pal, eleven-year-old Julie describes how her mischievous younger brother is always getting her in trouble, how she is dealing with painful juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and how she struggles to finish a fund-raising race on crutches.

Klise, Kate. Regarding the Fountain : A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks.  J PB K
When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.

Moss, Marissa.  The Name Game.  J FIC Moss (Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters SERIES)
In her diary, Daphne Davis doodles, draws, and documents a series of disasters on her first two days of fourth grade, most of which result from her new teacher accidentally calling her Daffy. SEQUELS: The Vampire Dare (2011) & The Fake Friend (2012).

Moss, Marissa.  Rachel’s Journal : The Story of a Pioneer Girl.  J FIC Moss
In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family’s adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.

Skolsky, Mindy Warshaw.  Love from Your Friend, Hannah.  J FIC Skolsky
From her home in back of the Grand View Restaurant in rural New York, Hannah writes letters to her best friend, a pen pal, and even to President and Mrs. Roosevelt.

Ure, Jean.  Skinny Melon and Me.   J FIC Ure
Cherry keeps a diary about her parents’ divorce, her new stepfather Roland Butter who draws rebuses for her, and the coming stepbrother or stepsister.

 

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