Author(s): Laura Baker
When the Denham family relocate from London to sleepy Crossacre, Evie Denham's world is turned upside down: she misses her best friend Hannah, the dance school she attended every weekend, and feels lonely and left out at Crossacre Primary School. In a bid to cheer her up, Evie's mum enrols her daughter at the local dance school - the Malkova Dance Academy. This helps her to get to know kooky student Bethany Dickinson, who's in the same tutor group at Crossacre Primary. One weekend, not long after the family's arrival, it's Evie's tenth birthday. Evie answers a knock at the door, and is greeted by an elderly lady who introduces herself as Mrs Volkov. She explains that ten is a very important year in a young girl's life, and that she has an inkling that Evie might appreciate this small gift. She passes her an old-fashioned looking journal, telling her to record all her hopes and fears in it. Evie soon discovers that whenever she makes an entry, her velvet-covered, magical diary replies. Its gentle advice becomes a trusted confidante, that Evie guards closely. With some guidance from her diary, Evie's birthday disaster is averted, and she makes a firm friend in Beth.