Diaries, Letters and Journals (Teen)

Bloor, Edward.  Tangerine.  Y FIC Bloor/ Y PB B
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Cabot, Meg.  The Princess Diaries.  Y FIC Cabot
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

Cushman, Karen.  Catherine, Called Birdy.  Y FIC Cushman / Y PB C
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

Danziger, Paula.  P.S. Longer Letter Later.  Y FIC Danziger
Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr’s family moves to another state.

Deem, James M.  Three NBs of Julian Drew.  Y FIC Deem
The journals of a troubled fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his father and emotionally and physically abusive stepmother and her children after the death of his own mother years ago.

Donnelly, Jennifer.  Revolution.  Y FIC Donnelly
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.

Emond, Stephen.  Happyface.  Y FIC Emond
After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.

Grimes, Nikki.  Jazmin’s Notebook.  Y FIC Grimes
Jazmin, an Afro-American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.

Harrison, Lisi.  The Pretenders.  Y FIC Harrison  (SERIES)
Five high school freshmen– the Phoenix Five– reveal their friendships, crushes, school and family dramas, and big secrets, as told in their unique voices through journal entriesSEQUEL: License to Spill (2014).

Hesse, Karen.  A Light in the Storm : the Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin.  J FIC Hesse.
In 1860 and 1861, while working in her father’s lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.

Hesse, Karen. The Music of Dolphins. Y FIC Hesse
After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.

Jean, Emiko.  We’ll Never Be Apart.  Y FIC Jean
Haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe is in a mental ward when, with support from fellow patient Chase, she begins to confront hidden truths in a journal, including that the only person she trusts may be telling her only half of the story.

Myers, Walter Dean.  The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins : A World War II soldier.  Y FIC Myers
A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.

Patrick, Cat.  Forgotten.  Y FIC Patrick
Sixteen-year-old London Lane forgets everything each night and must use notes to struggle through the day, even to recall her wonderful boyfriend, but she “remembers” future events and as her “flashforwards” become more disturbing she realizes she must learn more about the past lest it destroy her future.

Perl, Lila.  The Secret Diary of Katie Dinkerhoff.  Y FIC Perl
Fourteen-year-old Katie lies to her secret diary, writing what she wished would happen, rather than what did happen–and in so doing, she learns how to make wishful thinking a reality.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth.   Family of Strangers.  Y FIC Pfeffer
Through letters and essays, emotionally disturbed sixteen-year-old Abby chronicles her growing desperation in a family consisting of parents who seem devoid of love, one older sister bent on self-destruction, and another older sister who has always seemed perfect.

Sappey, Maureen Stack.  Letters From Vinnie.  Y FIC Sappey
A fictionalized account of the Washington, D.C., Civil War years experienced by Vinnie Ream the sculptress, best known for the statue of Abraham Lincoln that is in the Capitol building.

Schlitz, Laura Amy.  The Hired Girl.  Y FIC Schlitz
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family’s farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

Spalding, Amy.  Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys).  YPB Spalding
Sixteen-year-olds Riley and Reid make a pact to pursue their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook they call “The Passenger Manifest.”

Welch, Jenna Evans.  Love & Gelato.  Y FIC Welch
After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mothers’s journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother’s secrets.

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