The Diary of Melanie Martin

The Diary of Melanie Martin

Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza

By Carol Weston

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440416678, 160pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2001

"Dear Diary, You will never in a million years guess where I m going....Italy In Europe Across the ocean I even have a passport. It's really cool, except I m squinting my eyes in the photo, so I look like a dork. At least that's what my brother said. I call him Matt the Brat. You would too. Trust me...."
When Melanie Martin heads to Italy on a family vacation with her art-obsessed mom, her grumpy dad, and her little brother, she has no idea what she's in for. As she discovers Michelangelo, Italian ice cream, and poetry, she also realizes how much her family means to her. Maybe she won t trade them in after all.

About the Author
Carol Weston is a writer and speaker. She is the author of For Girls Only, Private and Personal, and Girltalk (Fourth Edition) as well as four Melanie Martin novels for younger readers. She's also the "Dear Carol" advice columnist of Girls' Life. Parenting says "Carol Weston gets girls" and Newsweek calls her a "Teen Dear Abby." Of For Girls Only, USA Today wrote, "There are so many dumb advice books that it's a pleasure to find one that really works." Carol has been a guest on Today, Oprah, The View, and other shows and has spoken at many schools both as an author of novels for elementary school kids as well as an advice giver for middle and high school kids. A Phi Beta Kappa Yale graduate with an M.A. in Spanish, she can give a talk at your school in English or Spanish. She now lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughters, and feisty cat Mike.

Praise For The Diary of Melanie Martin

"Charming. . . . A right-as-rain take on the life of a typical, modern girl."—Family Fun