Ella Diaries Series

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The Ella Diaries series explores the real issues girls face at school and home. Ella is resourceful, caring and real, and the writing is sharp and funny. With the requisite doodles, pros and cons lists, and just the right amount of snark, each book is it's own juicy diary. In Ballet Backflip, Ella struggles to choose between a love of ballet and gymnastics.

When Ella's dreams of being the lead in the ballet recital are dashed, she starts to wonder if it might be fun to try something new. But when MEAN QUEEN PEACH takes up gymnastics and executes an AMAZING backflip in the playground, the school is taken over by the new craze. Will Ella backflip on her love of ballet? Can she bear to go along with Peach and her traitorous BFF Zoe? Tune into the secret thoughts in Ella's diary as she uncovers the truth about friendship and trying out new things.
  • Strong-minded, spirited main character.
  • Hilarious doodles, drawings, poems, pros-and-cons lists.
  • Humorously explores everyday elementary- school issues.
Ages 8-12
Meredith Costain grew up on a dairy farm on the Koo Wee Rup swamps in West Gippsland, Victoria. These days she lives in an old bluestone house with her partner, children's author Paul Collins and heaps of pets: a kelpie cross named Jack, a red heeler called Molly, Harriet the cat, seven chooks, seven goldfish and several stray possums, lizards, flying foxes, parrots and bush rats.
Danielle McDonald is a children's book illustrator living in the Southern Tablelands in NSW. Danielle also designs plush toys, bedding, homewares, furniture, apparel and more-all for kids.

"Following the story, backmatter activities tie into the tale, including a make-your-own haiku, draw-your-own fashion, and a prompt for a top-10 list. Among a slew of other bubblegum-hued diary hybrids, this mean-girl tale is a gentle take, just right for a younger audience hankering for a fast, frothy read. … Cute and effervescent."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"The illustrations and the use of lists and poetry make this a great pick for reluctant readers."
-- School Library Journal