The Attic Diary

Derek Miller
CreateSpace (2012)
ISBN 9781477654002
Reviewed by Chris Kyle (age 16) for Reader Views (08/16)

In “The Attic Diary” by Derek Miller, a girl named Hannah discovers deep secrets and stories from the past by reading a diary that she found in her late grandmother's attic.

The author’s main plot was to connect the family as a whole by one diary that a relative wrote over time.  The diary entries brought the granddaughter Hannah, closer to how her grandmother felt while living in those times.

I think the author was very successful in carrying out the purpose of the book because when I became absorbed in the reading, I felt like I was brought into the story by the author’s wonderful creative writing. Miller’s writing brings the reader into the story to feel they play a role from Hannah’s standpoint. Hannah constantly tried to cover up that she had the diary, so she wouldn’t have to share the gem with her whole family, and there was a great desire to learn what was hidden from the family.

The book is generally for young readers ranging from age 12 to 15, and anyone that is interested in suspense. My favorite part of this novel is when Hannah got deeper into the attic diary and discovered many stories of hiding slaves and history from long ago.

Miller's writing is exquisite and I couldn’t put this book down. I look forward to reading more of his novels! Overall, I found “The Attic Diary” by Derek Miller very intriguing along with mysterious, and I never knew what would happen next. 


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