My Diary from the Edge of the World

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Magical, heartbreaking story about family and friendship.

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age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 6+


I think this is an amazing book because first of it is very descriptive and shows exactly what the main character (which is a girl BTW) is feeling. It has very realistic features and some twists with fantasy and adventure. This book brings out and teaches to never be afraid to imagine the impossible. You need this book NOW!

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age 9+

Kind of depressing

In an effort to get away from a 'cloud of death' which is following one of the heroine's family members, the main character and her family embark on a trip to the 'edge of the world'. First, this novel has a unique and very interesting world. It is a mix of our own reality and a fantasy one where dragons burn down local stores occasionally and you have to watch out for Yeti when driving through wooded areas. The world-building the author did was inventive and fun to discover as you read through the book. However, the plot and most importantly, the character development lacked a great deal, in my opinion. The ending (which I won't give away) was disappointing. The main character had absolutely no respect for her father (and he was never portrayed in a way that really deserved any respect - he was a pathetic, self-absorbed wimp of a man) and the rest of the family felt one-dimensional. There were several instances where the family is warned not to do something well in advance, and of course, predictably, does so anyway. It simply wan't an enjoyable book to read.

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