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Emma Moss loves books, cats and YouTube. In that order - though it's a close call.
July 2018 Book of the Month | | In book 5 of this popular series, our gang of friends/vloggers Lucy, Abby, Hermione and Jessie, are enjoying a special week camping, and not just on any old campsite – they’ll be going to a famous music festival too. It should be a holiday they’ll never forget, but tensions between Jessie and Abby threaten to spoil it for everyone. Then Sassy arrives and does something so irresponsible it seems like they’ll all miss out on the festival. Told in a mix of straight narrative, diary entries and vlog scripts, this series feels bang up to date, while still keeping the emphasis firmly on the things that have always mattered most to young girls – friendships, confidence, finding out who you are. Hashtag heart-warming!
In a nutshell: fun and friendship in the 21st century | Emma Moss puts a group of girls and their special friendship at the heart of her story, as many favourite authors have from Elinor Brent-Dyer to Cathy Hopkins. Her series has a 21st century spin though as the girls run their own vlog, sharing news of their lives in short homemade films broadcast over the internet. It gives it a fresh, contemporary feel and also allows readers to feel that they are part of the girls’ gang, special friends. This episode sees them on a school skiing trip and stars Hermione, who is worrying about her parents’ divorce and suffering some nasty anonymous abuse. Her friends are there to help with both and while the book explains what trolling is, it celebrates the internet as a force to bring us together. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century | Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school’s production of Grease, but it’s not easy learning lines and dance routines and keeping up with schoolwork, plus there’s the added distraction of a handsome co-star. When it all gets too much she pours out her feelings via a vlog on the Youtube channel she created with her friends. Moss cleverly updates the popular girls’ gang format to explore her characters’ feelings and insecurities. Readers will identify with Abby and her friends and, in a story that feels completely up to date, the book demonstrates how empowering it can be to be honest with yourself. There’s an extra section on how to create your own vlogs too. ~ Andrea Reece One for fans of Cathy Cassidy, Karen McCombie and Cathy Hopkins.
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! There’s always a demand for contemporary fiction for young girls that explores in a positive, reassuring way some of the concerns they might have – worries about friends, fitting in, changing emotions. Lucy Locket Online Disaster is just such a book. Lucy has moved to the UK from America and is faced with making new friends not just in a new school but a new country. On top of that, Lucy has a stammer which gets worse when she’s under pressure. It’s all pretty stressful, but creating a regular vlog – video diary – offers Lucy a way to relax and be herself. Comments from other young people on the vlog show that she’s not alone in sometimes feeling insecure. It’s a lively, fun read, the vlogging theme putting a fresh spin on the tried and tested diary format. This will appeal to fans of Cathy Cassidy, Karen McCombie and Gwynneth Rees. If it inspires any would-be vloggers, as is quite likely, Super Skills Blogging & Vlogging published by Usborne is a practical, helpful and appealing guide. ~ Andrea Reece
School's out and glamping is go! The Girls Can Vlog gang is going on tour once more in Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy, a summer special from author Emma Moss. When Lucy's parents plan a camping trip, Lucy manages to convince them to let her bring the rest of the gang along to attend Chesterbury Music Festival. It looks set to be a summer they will never forget! Discover more of the Girls Can Vlog adventures in Lucy Locket: Online Disaster, Amazing Abby: Drama Queen, Hashtag Hermione: Wipeout, and Jazzy Jessie: Going for Gold
Jessie's got a lot going on . . . As well as having to give up her bedroom to the new lodger, she's busy filming her popular pranking videos for the Girls Can Vlog channel, there's an important gymnastics competition to prepare for, and the SummerTube convention is just around the corner! But there are only so many hours in a day, and the girls are getting fed up with Jessie constantly running late. When a huge row breaks out, she is faced with an impossible choice . . .
Hermione's parents are separating - and although they're trying to deal with everything in the best way possible, it's difficult for Hermione not knowing who she'll end up living with, or where her home will be. At least she's got the school skiing trip to France to look forward to for a break from all the stress of being at home! The Girls Can Vlog gang are all excited - vlogging about what to pack and how to look good and stay safe on the slopes. Unfortunately for them, Dakota (the prettiest and meanest girl in school) is also coming on the trip, and she's planning to do everything she can to cause trouble. Will the Girls Can Vlog holiday fun be over as soon as it's begun? An inspirational story about the power of vlogging - complete with tips for making your own vlogs!
Ever since Abby and her friends set up the Girls Can Vlog YouTube channel, Abby has been busier than ever. Not only is she vlogging at least once a week, but she also has a role in the school musical production of Grease. While Abby's always found keeping up with her schoolwork tough, now it's virtually impossible, and to make things even worse, she's developing a major crush . . . on two different boys! If Abby's parents find out about her slipping grades, will it mean the end for her acting and vlogging dreams? An inspirational story about the power of vlogging - complete with tips for making your own vlogs!
NEWSFLASH . . . VLOGGING IS GO! It's bad enough having to move house, school and country all at the same time, without making a fool of yourself on the first day of term. But that's just what Lucy's done - and one of her classmates has videoed the whole thing and put it online! Lucy's so stressed, her stammer's become worse than ever. So when a friend encourages her to create her own videos, she thinks it's a terrible idea - surely she's embarrassed herself enough for one lifetime! But when Lucy finally gives vlogging a try, she's amazed to find that people actually want to watch . . . Includes tips for making your own vlogs!