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Cross My Heart

(Hidden Diary #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Lucy doesn-t want to spend the coming months on Catalina Island, but when she stumbles across an old diary, things look up. Ages 11-14. Hidden Diary book 1.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2001)
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It was cute and kind and gave a great example of a perfect friend relationship. Also the parents aren't perfect, but they are what they need to be. ...more
Jenn Leishman
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians (preferably girls) who enjoy non-actiony mysteries.
Shelves: middle-grade
This book, overall, was good. I got it from a friend in a book swap, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm usually not the biggest fan of mysteries. This book surprised me! I actually enjoyed it! ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I loved it!!! I read the next one and now I am waiting for the 3rd one to come.
I would love to find a old diary and have that adventure.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“For once Lucy Larson is looking forward to her summer—what could be better than spending twelve weeks on exotic Catalina Island and sharing the adventure with her cousin? When her cousin’s visit is canceled, though, Lucy faces another long summer of tagging along on her scientist dad’s boring research outings.
Lucy’s about to pack up and go home. But when she stumbles upon a letter dated 1932, things begin to look up. The writers of the letter mention a hidden diary and gives c
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I accutually rate this book 41/2. This book is a great summer book, but it is 110 pages long and fits the whole beginning plot. It dosen't have enough introduction, but it has a way to fast plot. One morning she'll find this, the evening she'll find this and the next morning she'll talk to this person,ext.... The author tried to slow things up, but It didn't work. The main story was good, so I plan on reading the rest of the series. ...more
The Romance Bookie
I remember loving this book so much! The story was really good! The idea of two girls becoming best friends and going on an adventure looking for the clues to a hidden treasure hidden many years earlier, I found to be very exciting. I loved how the book took place on Catalina during the summer. Catalina is one of the most beautiful places.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A quick, fun read meant for tweens more than for people my age, but still good. The plot paced itself nicely, I thought, but they did stumble upon the diary pretty quickly. But I guess that helped some other situations come to the surface.

Overall, it was a nice little change, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series...if I can get a hold of every book past number two.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I love the premise of a hidden diary, two girls find a diary that two girls their age wrote years ago. It was also fun to think about living in a new town for the summer and reading the diary over the entire summer with your new friend.
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This should be a good book for the 5th Grade Girlz bookclub.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Good read
Read these when I was probably 9--they had little of substance but were entertaining, which was basically all I wanted at that age anyhow.
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It was really good!!!
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Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Tyndale House Publishers, WaterBrook Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and Bethany House Publishers.

Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Mid

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“When she opened her eyes, they were drawn downward, but they still stared into the mirror. Halfway down Lucy’s reflection, just across her chest, was the cross Claudette had stuck onto the mirror on Tuesday.

She traced the cross on her own chest; it landed right across her heart. Instead of making an X across her heart as she normally did when she made a promise, she traced the cross. A cross across my heart. She traced the cross against her chest again. Cross my heart. God promised to never leave her. He’d stick by her no matter what.

“Cross my heart,” she whispered. “For when I’m scared.”
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