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Emma Tupper's Diary

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 someti ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Yearling Books (first published January 1st 1971)
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Amanda
Apr 24, 2016 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was so dull and boring to read. There was way too much emphasis on the mechanics of things: Victorian submarines, photography, scaling cliffs and family decisions. These theoretically exciting things were described in their minutia, with no character development in between. The characters were hollow and annoying. A childish sibling feud was one of the running subplots. This story centres on how a wealthy family is going to support themselves once the South American market for their hair to ...more
Gabs
Feb 03, 2014 Gabs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This review (and others) can be found on My Full Bookshelf Reviews

I received a free copy of this book 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
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Jennybeast
May 08, 2014 Jennybeast rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, adventure
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Masha Toit
Jun 08, 2011 Masha Toit rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite books.

It is about Emma, a girl who grew up in Botswana, who spends the summer with a group of very eccentric relatives in Scotland. Emma is thrown into a grown-up free zone, as her cousins do whatever they like and on a grand scale. For example, fixing an ancient Victorian submarine and going on risky underwater journeys in the loch.

The adventurous aspect of the book is important, but so is the process of Emma sussing out her cousins, and being judged in turn. The ch
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Xander Richards
Oct 28, 2012 Xander Richards rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young adults
It was a long time ago that I read 'Emma Tupper's Diary' but I remember enjoying the book because of my love of cryptozoology or, specifically, the Loch Ness Monster; a similar subject to that which this book explores. Oddly, I didn't like most of the characters, but I enjoyed the work from a wider perspective.

I even remember the day it was bought; the cover picture of a plesiosaur-like creature swimming past the ancient submarine totally sold it to me and my mum grabbed it, wanting to encourage
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Alex Bardsley
Apr 15, 2013 Alex Bardsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dickinson's work has long been one of the things all my family agrees upon. His adult, mostly suspense fiction, and young adult and children's works share a distinctive intelligence, imagination, and an unusual ability to craft convincing protagonists of different ages, genders and backgrounds. Compare young Nicola Gore of The Devil's Children to the adolescent Princess Louise of King and Joker, to the aging detective of the James Pibble books, including One Foot in the Grave (not to be confused ...more
Esther
Feb 14, 2014 Esther rated it really liked it
Read it when I was a kid and couldn't remember what it was called. I remember it was very interesting to me, with the underwater submarine and the kids looking for sea dinosaurs.
Alex
Dec 01, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic, kid-lit, fantasy
There was a lot I liked about this book--wonderful dialogue and great, quirky characters that felt believable, as well as a fantastic mystery in the loch. There was also a goodly amount about the submarine that the children work, which was fascinating and well-described.

However, there were some bits that felt... I don't know. A little more empty? It's hard to say. We had to wait SO LONG to get to the monsters, and that was definitely a terrifying experience, but at the same time, I wanted a litt
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scarlettraces
Mar 22, 2014 scarlettraces rated it really liked it
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Beth E
Dec 12, 2014 Beth E rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
This book started out like The Secret Garden and ended like a Jules Verne novel. In between was a romp of an adventure with a memorable cast of characters. A very fun read. I am glad it is being re-issued.
Louise Milne
brilliant - one of the very best books by one of my favourite authors
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Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (born 16 December 1927) was a prolific English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson lived in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley. He wrote more than fifty novels for adults and young readers. He won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award twice, and his novel The Blue
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