The Lost Diary of Sami Star

Written by Karen Mccombie

Illustrated by Katie Kear

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In a nutshell: super-readable story of family, friends and fitting-in

Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 |  Karen McCombie tells a big story in a short extent in this new book for dyslexia specialists Barrington Stoke, and it's one that will intrigue readers from the opening pages. Hannah is feeling left out - her mum and dad are so preoccupied with her stroppy big sister that they don't notice their younger daughter, and her best friends seem to have new interests that shut Hannah out. So when she finds a diary in the park, it feels like she has a new friend, the person who wrote it seems so open, cool and honest. When the two girls actually meet, both their lives are changed for the better. The story is full of surprises and its message to look for the best things in life is valuable for everyone. 


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Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

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The Lost Diary of Sami Star Synopsis

A wonderfully warm and touching story of friendship, identity and kindness from top?notch tween author Karen McCombie. The Lost Diary of Sami Star is a heart-warming, inclusive tale of finding friendship in unlikely places and learning to be comfortable with who you are. 

Being at home is hard for Hannah. With Mum, Dad and Vix always fighting they've got no time for her or her worries, she might as well be invisible. But when she finds an abandoned diary in the park containing snippets and photographs of the colourful life of the mysterious Sami Star, Hannah hopes she's found the real friend she always needed. Little does Hannah know Sami needs her too... A heart-warming story of finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

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ISBN: 9781781128169
Publication date: 15/09/2018
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128169
Publication date: 15th September 2018
Author: Karen Mccombie
Illustrator: Katie Kear
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction

About Karen Mccombie

Karen McCombie has written over 80 books full of endearing characters and quirky humour; her series Ally’s World has sold over 200,000 copies. Born in Scotland, Karen now lives in north London. Karen loves her job, but is a complete fidget. She regularly packs up her laptop and leaves Office Number 1 (her weeny back bedroom) and has a brisk walk to Office Number 2 (the local garden centre café). Read more about the author here.     Find Karen McCombie on Instagram  

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