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Penny Pollard's Scrapbook by Robin Klein
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May 14, 12

bookshelves: diary-or-letters, funny, childrens, australian
Read on May 15, 2012, read count: 1

Turns out the reason I never read this and didn't know it existed was because it was written in 1999! Aha! And I love the way Penny was updated just a little bit to bring her into the electronic age, but at the same time she's still exactly the same 10-year-old girl from the 1980s. And Bill's just a baby, and Mrs. Bettany is still alive and kicking. Simone's still fussing with barbies and making Penny come to her ballet concerts, Annette Smurton is still a bitch, Jason Taylor is still all the annoying primary school boys rolled into one... ahhh, memories :D

So clearly the words "Penny" and "Pollard" together equal instant five stars. But this is ALSO great fun and worthy of the rating on its own. Brilliant if you grew up on Penny Pollard and, like me, missed out on this one when it appeared! It's terrific fun to revisit.

The scrapbook in question is Penny's project for the school fete, where she's listing idea after idea but not really doing much actual work until she finally settles onto the topic of... saints. (Even though she goes for the Bombers.) The book is also liberally sprinkled with notes from mum and dad, and emails between Penny and her classmates, reminders from teachers, letters to and from Mrs. Bettany, etc. And of course pages of fabulous illustrations :D (view spoiler)
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