Dear Diary...

Visit the Youth Services "Ask Here" Desk for help in finding these junior high fiction books written in diary format. Titles marked with  * are also available on audio.


Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. 2000. (series) *
Jr High CAB
The Princess Diaries follow the crazy life that erupts when Mia learns that she is no longer a normal teenage girl, but rather the princess of Genovia.
Clark, Catherine. Truth or Dairy. 2000.
Jr High CLA
It’s a year in the life of Courtney Von Dragen Smith, middle child, product of divorce, and would-be vegetarian.
Danticat, Edwidge. Behind the Mountains. 2002.
Jr High DAN
In a notebook given by her teacher, Celiane describes her life in Haiti and her immigration to Brooklyn, New York.
Easton, Kelly. The Life History of a Star. 2001.
Jr High EAS
Kristin uses her diary to record her confused thoughts about going through adolescence and living with a family secret.
Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater. 2001.
Jr High FLI
Sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his abusive relationship with his girlfriend by dredging up demons from his past.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Don’t You Dare Read This Mrs. Dunphrey. 1996. *
Jr High HAD
In the journal she is keeping for English class, Tish chronicles the changes in her life when her abusive father returns home after a two-year absence.
Kirkpatrick, Katherine. The Voyage of the Continental. 2002.
Jr High KIR
Emeline McCullough leaves her mill job in Massachusetts, to head for Washington recording in her diary the intrigue, danger, and romance she encounters on her journey.
Klise, Kate. Trial By Journal. 2001.
Jr High KLI
When 12-year-old Lily finds herself on the jury of a murder trial, she begins her own investigation to find the truth.
Martin, Ann M. California Diaries. 1997. (series)
Jr High MAR
A series for teenage girls who deal with daily struggles, challenges, peer pressure and realistic problems.
Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging. 1999. *
Jr High REN
The hilarious journal of a year in the life of a 14-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
Sheldon, Dyan. Planet Janet. 2003.
Jr High SHE
Janet Bandry keeps a diary as she deals with an annoying family, a quirky best friend, and trying to find herself through her “Dark Phase.”
Tashjian, Janet. Tru Confessions. 1997.
Jr High TAS
Computer-literate, 12-year-old Tru keeps an electronic diary where she documents her desire to cure her handicapped twin brother and her plan to create a television show.
Watts, Leander. Stonecutter. 2002.
Jr High WAT
In 1835 New York, apprentice stonecutter Albion Straight relates his experiences when he is hired by the strangely menacing John Good to carve a statue of his daughter.
Zindel, Paul. The Amazing and Death-Defying Diary of Eugene Dingman. 1987.
Jr High ZIN
Eugene Dingman records in his personal diary his summer spent as a waiter in a hotel in the Adirondacks, learning to cope with rejection from the girl he has a crush on as well as from his own father.