Eva & the Hidden Diary by Judi Curtin

Eva & the Hidden Diary

Written by Judi Curtin
Part of the The EVA Series Series

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Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year 2013 The latest great book from the author of the bestselling 'Eva' and 'Alice & Megan' series. Eva Gordon's great at solving problems, but surely even she can't fix something that went wrong in the past? Plenty of intrigue and adventure for the two girls in what is a real page-turner of a read.

A Piece of Passion from Helen Carr, Judi Curtin’s editor at The O’Brien Press "I've been working with Judi Curtin on her two great series, the 'Alice & Megan' series and the 'Eva' series, for quite a few years now, but I'm still always excited when a new proposal comes in from Judi. I love working on her books, and getting to know her characters better. 'The Alice & Megan' series is about two long-established best friends, Eva, on the other hand, is a confident, outgoing character who seems to make new friends wherever she goes. In Judi's latest book Eva and the Hidden Diary she joins forces with her friend Kate, and the two of them 'befriend' a young girl from the 1940s! How do they do that? They find an old diary from 1947 belonging to Daisy, who was just their age when she wrote it. I really enjoyed the way Judi explored the similarities and differences between life for a young teenager in 2013 and life for a girl of the same age in 1940s Ireland. Though so much has changed, Eva and Kate discover that underneath people don't really change that much, and Daisy was really not so different to them. There's a mystery at the heart of Eva and the Hidden Diary and old wrongs to be righted, but as always, what I enjoyed most about this book was the relationships between the main characters, and the new bonds Judi creates between them from book to book. I think one of her real strengths as a writer is her understanding of friendship and how important it is."

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Eva & the Hidden Diary by Judi Curtin

When Eva and Kate find an old diary, written long ago by a girl their own age, they end up determined to right old wrongs! But they can't spend all their time living in the past as the present, too, is throwing all sorts of challenges at them ...But when the girls get together they can handle anything!

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sure to grab the reader's attention ... Curtin's most tantalising tale so far ... Curtin's strong characterisation shines throughout ... never loses its pace ... readers will be captivated ... a lovely book for any upper key stage 2 -- Primary Teacher Update charming -- Newstalk Breakfast Readers of nine plus will adore Judi Curtin's new book, Eva & The Hidden Diary ... charming -- Irish Independent tempted to call Judi Curtin the Irish Jacqueline Wilson -- Books for Keeps Eva is an engaging heroine -- Books for Keeps guarantee that girls who read it will be hunting out Judi Curtin's other books when they put it down -- Books for Keeps very readable, with lots of drama, and an entertaining sub-plot in which a couple of girls who've been bullying Kate get their come-uppance. I'd guarantee that girls who read it will be hunting out Judi Curtin's other books when they put it down -- booksforkeeps parallel storylines and some tough and at times grown-up issues -- Children's Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013 with themes of friendship and honesty, this latest in the series pulls no punches -- Children's Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013 an unusual theme for a story but well handled and with believable, well-drawn characters who appeal to the reader -- parentsintouch.co.uk great ... plenty of intrigue and adventure ... a real page-turner of a read -- lovereading4kids.co.uk

About the Author

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is Ireland’s favourite children’s writer. She is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series which has sold rights to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia. In Ireland, the series has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of the smash-hit 'Eva' series: Eva's Journey, Eva's Holiday, Leave it to Eva, and Eva and the Hidden Diary, which has sold 36,000 copies to date. She has been nominated for Irish Book Awards on numerous occasions.

Read an interview with the author here.

Read what Judi Curtin's editor Helen Carr has to say about the author here.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

2nd September 2013




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