Emma Tupper's Diary
By Peter DickinsonBlurb: Emma is spending the summer with her Scottish cousins--who are wonderful material for her attempt to win the School Prize for most interesting holiday diary. The cousins, lofty Andy, reserved Fiona, and fierce Roddy, are experimenting with their grandfather's dilapidated old mini-submarine to see if they can find a monster in the family loch.
"Emma Tupper's Diary" is a sometimes terrifying, sometimes broadly hilarious adventure novel in the spirit of "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" and "I Capture the Castle."
Praise for "Emma Tupper's Diary"
"Fish out of water Emma must spend the summer in Scotland with cousins she's never met. They're somewhat older and get along fine with minimal adult supervision. Even when they plot to take an old submarine out on the nearby loch for a spin, adding a Nessy-like monster head to the top for fun, there's no one around to urge caution. It's the sort of family where everyone is whip-smart, conversations are fast and fascinating, and statements of fact are rarely truthful. All of which makes for one extremely suspenseful and surprisingly thought-provoking adventure."--Gwenyth Swain (author of "Chig and the Second Spread")
"One of my favorite childhood books. . . . Its themes and plot have come around again, and a smart production company should scoop it up for a film adaptation."--Atomic Librarian
"An enthralling book, with fascinating characters, told with humor and wit, and with a story that just might, barely, be possible."--Book Loons
"Comedy of manners? Ecological allegory? Adventure? Farce?"--"Kirkus Reviews"
Praise for Peter Dickinson's children's books:
"One of the real masters of children's literature."--Philip Pullman
"Peter Dickinson is a national treasure."--"The Guardian"
"Magnificent. Peter Dickinson is the past-master story-teller of our day."--"The Times Literary Supplement"
Peter Dickinson is the author of over fifty books including "Eva," "Earth and Air," "The Dancing Bear, " and the Michael L. Printz honor book "The Ropemaker." He has twice received the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.
Genres: Juvenile, Fantasy, Adventure
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
My Rating: 3 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Emma Tupper's Diary was a fun read, mostly because of the cast of characters we meet in the book. It is one of those stories that won't really stick with me, but is still entertaining.
I loved the McAndrews, so much so that my favorite character was Roddy rather than Emma. They are quite the quirky family and each McAndrew sibling has a very distinct personality.
The whole plot was really like nothing I've ever encountered; not unexpected, but I could see someone younger than me just eating it up. Emma's thesis on how the 'plot twist' came to be was actually well thought out and sounded possible.
The con of this book? I just know it won't be memorable for me. It was a quick read, it helped me relax, and it kept me interested, but I was never completely 'wowed.' There's no other way to put it. This is without a personal dislike for me; I am sure that someone will read this book and fall in love with it. That person just happened to not be me.
It's more of 'It's not you, it's me,' than any real dislikes. Therefore, I would recommend it to others.