Lisa: The Inside Story

Lisa: The Inside Story

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by Bonnie Bryant

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Lisa's great aunt gives her a diary in which to record her feelings, like when she feels frustrated at being labeled a beginning rider, when her friends don't understand her desire to be the very best, or when her mother drives her crazy.  See more details below


Lisa's great aunt gives her a diary in which to record her feelings, like when she feels frustrated at being labeled a beginning rider, when her friends don't understand her desire to be the very best, or when her mother drives her crazy.

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Random House Children's Books
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Saddle Club Series
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8 - 12 Years

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Dear Diary,

Page one of a new diary . . . what a big event! Especially since I haven't written in months and months. I know I used to write almost every day, but somehow I've gotten so busy I almost forgot I ever had a diary. That's going to change. I really want to start writing regularly again, once a week at least. That's why I spent most of my allowance buying this new diary.

Actually, at first I was just going to start again in my last diary. But when I dug it out of my desk drawer, I remembered one of the reasons I put it away in the first place. My brother Peter sent it to me for my birthday last year, and Peter's so much older than I am that I guess he thinks I haven't changed at all since he left for college. I mean, the last time we saw each other every day, I was still wearing pigtails and playing with dolls and stuffed animals, so he must have thought that diary would be right up my alley. I would never want to hurt his feelings by saying so, but I don't think fluffy kittens with big blue eyes and bonnets on their heads were ever up my alley. I mean really!

Anyway, that's why I went out and bought this new diary yesterday. But the reason I got inspired to start writing again in the first place was a magazine article I read a couple of days ago. It was called "Life Journals" and it was about people who keep really good diaries. One of the people in the article was a middle-schooler like me, but most of the others were adults. The article was really interesting-a lot of the people have been keeping journals and diaries since they were kids, and they love looking back over the years and remembering their lives that way. Some keep journals all the time, while others like making scrapbooks for big vacation trips or other important events, like weddings and stuff.

The most interesting part, though, was that a lot of the people go beyond just writing down what happened to them that day. For instance, this one woman has a big, oversized diary, sort of like a photo album. She writes in it a couple of times a week, plus she pastes in things to help her remember all the interesting things she does from day to day-she's saved napkins from nice restaurants, movie ticket stubs, letters from friends, play programs, snapshots, even her dog's obedience-school diploma! She's really creative about finding ways to remember the little things that are pretty easy to forget.

I think I want to do something like that, too. I'll probably skip the snapshots (I have my photo album for that already), and I doubt Dolly will be getting a diploma anytime soon (though Mom keeps threatening to send her to doggy detention if she digs up the petunias one more time), but I'm going to try to paste in any other things that seem interesting and will help me remember. I can at least put in letters (not that I get that many) and maybe print out some e-mails from my friends (though I may have to edit some of the longer horse-related ones from Carole, unless I want to buy a new diary every week! Ha ha!).

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Saddle Club 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is awsome it really gets you to know the saddle club characters so much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luv horses, cause I have 2 arabians. I havent read this one yet, but plan too. I am in The Saddle Club, where you get gifts, and 4 scb's every 2 monthes, i end up reading them all in a week! I think i have almost 100 books now. But, my fav. is Endurance Ride, It is soo exciting, Max almost dies, another fav. is when Max and Deborah's baby, Maxine is born, by Judy Barker. That is in Super Edition # 5, Before They Rode Horses. The girls end up teling their story before they rode to debroah, on her delivery day. You ahve got to read them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! i'm not gonna tell you who he has a crush on either! it is obviously not stevie! stevie is his sister! well, you ain't hearing anymore from me! read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book absolutley loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Saddle Club book I own. It is my also my favorite. This is about Lisa and a diary she keeps. It is also very exciting and interesting. Like when she kissed John Brightstar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the saddle club and I have about 22 books. They are so good!!! I also have this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. The Saddle Club and Pine Hollow, written by Bonnie Bryant, are my favorite books to read. This is one of my favorites along with Carole: The Inside Story and Stevie: The Inside Story. I really recomend this one to anyone who likes to read books and likes horses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*sits down on couch* "Anyone up for some CANDAAAAAY!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is also Lisa and I have some troubles like Lisa does but if I read this book I could have the same future as Lisa in this book does I hope this will be a good boook when I read it and if you read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book and i did not read it yet. This is a great advice to become friends and horses. I am not interested in horses. Carole Hanson, Lisa Atwood and Stephanie Lake has a great relationship and friendship in their heart.