Secret Diary

Secret Diary

by Julien Neel
     
 

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Meet Lou! She's hardly your average 12 year old. Her handmade outfits are the talk of the school (even though they make the other girls laugh), and her homework gets a lot of attention from her teachers (even though it lands her in the shrink's office). Home sweet home is an apartment she shares with her couch-potato mom and a cat named Cat. At least she can pour

Overview

Meet Lou! She's hardly your average 12 year old. Her handmade outfits are the talk of the school (even though they make the other girls laugh), and her homework gets a lot of attention from her teachers (even though it lands her in the shrink's office). Home sweet home is an apartment she shares with her couch-potato mom and a cat named Cat. At least she can pour her heart out to her best friend, Mina, and scribble her dreams in her secret diary.

Now that she's almost a teenager, Lou's life is becoming even more interesting. Playing with dolls has lost its appeal and the boy across the street gets cuter every day. The new neighbor, Richard, just might be the perfect match for Lou's mom. But will Lou or her mom ever pluck up their courage and actually talk to their crushes?

The Lou! graphic novels are popular around the world and have been translated into 14 languages. She is also the star of her own cartoon in France.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The buildings in 12-year-old Lou’s neighborhood may look a bit odd, but she’s surrounded by realistic people and problems—a mother who’s more enthusiastic about gaming than finishing her SF novel, inept at cooking, and too shy to admit she’s attracted to the guy who just moved into their building; a best friend who listens to Lou’s rants, but tartly cuts them down; and a cute boy she longingly peeks at across the street, even when she notices him picking his nose. A casual, relaxed plot develops out of these characters. The action is sequential, though most pages are self-contained episodes. Design of the characters is manga-influenced—big, flexible mouths and wild hair that looks like roughly cut construction paper, for example, but the painted art is done with a rich, glowing palette. Although nominally aimed at girls, it makes for enjoyable reading for both sexes and all ages. A sequel, Summertime Blues, is also available. Ages 9�14. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
A beguiling import introduces the irresistibly plucky 12-year-old Lou, a French cousin to Jimmy Gownley's Amelia McBride. Lou lives in urban France with her mother, a bespectacled writer who spends her time procrastinating and obsessively playing video games rather than working on her science-fiction space epic. Like many preteens, Lou spends much of her time thinking about clothes, boys and friends and whether she may be too old to play with dolls. Lou utterly adores her neighbor Tristan, and her mother nurtures a similar crush of her own on another neighbor, Richard. What saves Lou from complete tweenage vapidity is a well-timed sense of dry humor with a dash of non-irritating precociousness. Lou's mother can be tempestuous as an adolescent herself, leaving Lou to act as her anchor, tempering her whims and acting as a voice of reason. This humor is heightened by visits with Memaw, Lou's maternal grandmother, who harbors penchants for both brussels sprouts and conflict. A pleasing palette ranging from vibrant brights to muted earth tones fills neat, orderly panels, creating a cohesive and tidy layout; only at the beginning and end of the volume do readers actually see Lou's diary, a collage of her thoughts and information about other characters. This publishes simultaneously with volume two, Summertime Blues. This lighthearted charmer will leave readers enchantées. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761388685
Publisher:
Graphic Universe
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
746,846
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
GN320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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