The Ella Diaries is a new series which begins with Ella about to go into year five at school. Her parents gave her a diary at Christmas time but she hasn’t ever written in one before, so is figuring it out as she goes along. It comes in useful when she needs to talk about the HUGE disappointment of the first day at school when her best friend doesn’t turn up. It means Ella ends up having to sit next the MEANEST girl in the class. It’s all very much the stuff of what happens in the lives of young kids and the format is very sweet. It looks a bit younger than it really is aimed for, but that is because it is Ella writing it, with her big print, and crossings out etc. There are currently two books out, with more to come later in the year.
Spoiler: Just so you don’t worry, Ella’s best friend does come back, and she doesn’t have to sit next to the mean girl any more!