The Lost Diary of Sami Star – Karen McCombie

Hannah is sick of all of the arguments at home between her older sister and their parents. Her friends are drifting away from her. She feels invisible. When she finds a diary at the park she decides to try to find its owner and hopes she may also find a new friend.

In the last few weeks, it’s like the colour has drained out of our happy home. Life in the house feels black and white – and it feels like there’s a blinding spotlight pointing straight at Vix. No one even sees me. I’m in the shadows.

This book touches on bullying, grief and Asperger’s. It’s a quick read that would be suitable for reluctant readers. From the author’s website: “This book, like all books from this particular publisher, is designed so that everyone can read it, including readers with dyslexia (it’s printed on special coloured paper and uses an easy-to-decode font)”.

The chapters are short and there are some really cute illustrations. I particularly liked the illustrated snippets from Sami’s diary, which include polaroids of Sami’s shoes and hairstyle for the day along with a short handwritten ‘Best thing about today’.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Being at home is hard for Hannah. With Mum, Dad and Vix always fighting they’ve got no time for her or her worries, she might as well be invisible. But when she finds an abandoned diary in the park containing snippets and photographs of the colourful life of the mysterious Sami Star, Hannah hopes she’s found the real friend she always needed. Little does Hannah know Sami needs her too …

A heart-warming story of finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

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