Everything’s Changed – Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Johanna Wright

  Everything’s Changed (The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, Book 3) – Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Johanna Wright, Boyds Mills Press, (9781629796727), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Friendship stories

What did you like about the book?  In this third adventure, Celie and her family are adjusting to a move from Brooklyn to Manhattan.  Ten-year old Celie and her older sister Jo, know that this is what they must do in order to have their grandmother, who seems to have dementia or Alzheimer’s, move in with the family.  Celie’s diary is filled with her travails in her new school, especially as she deals with the larger than life Mary Majors who soon gets her into trouble.  A heartfelt look at family and friendship that also includes lots of humor.  The pen and ink illustrations, presented as Celie’s doodles in her diary, add to the fun.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who loved the first two book in the series will be happy to welcome back Celie Valentine.  Hand this to readers who are not quite ready for Rachel Ren Russell’s Dork Diaries series and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/15/17             

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