Review: The Lost Diary of Sami Star

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Book Title: The Lost Diary of Sami Star

Author: Karen McCombie

Illustrator: Katie Kear

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Publication Date: September 2018

Most Suitable for: KS2 (especially reluctant and/or dyslexic readers)

Reviewed By: Sarah Keegan, Junior School Librarian


Hannah feels invisible. Her friends are more interested in boys and clothes than hearing about Hannah’s difficulties at home, where her sister and parents are too busy fighting to pay her any attention.


When she finds an abandoned diary in the park, Hannah becomes intrigued by its owner, Sami Star. Hannah loves the way the diary has been created, with polaroid photographs of hairstyles and feet, beautiful illustrations and a section headed “Best thing about today” for each entry. It makes her feel that she would like to be friends with its author.

With the help of her sister, Hannah sets out to find Sami. By the end of this engaging story, all three girls have helped each other, found friendship and learned something about themselves in the process.


Full of warmth and with a great message about accepting yourself for who you are, this highly accessible book from Barrington Stoke is a pacey read, perfect for reluctant and dyslexic readers.

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You can order The Lost Diary of Sami Star online or from your local bookshop or library.




Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Sarah Keegan for reviewing the book.

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