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Book Reviews of Cross My Heart (Hidden Diary, Bk 1)

Cross My Heart (Hidden Diary, Bk 1)
Cross My Heart - Hidden Diary, Bk 1
Author: Sandra Byrd
ISBN-13: 9780764224805
ISBN-10: 0764224808
Publication Date: 6/1/2001
Pages: 109
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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This was a great book, Very cute and fun. You wish you were there at the beach with them.
LindseyfromBFCG avatar reviewed Cross My Heart (Hidden Diary, Bk 1) on + 117 more book reviews
About this book:

"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 clues how find it. Lucy drives headfirst into the mystery and sets out to find the diary. It may turn out to be an exciting summer after all!"

Series: Book #1 of the "The Hidden Diary" series. {There are 8 books in this series.}

Spiritual Content- "Oh yeah, Lucy thought. I forgot they pray now. She wasn't used to that. It was nice in a different sort of way."; Lucy's afraid that "all this religious stuff" will go away & her parents won't get along again; Lucy's parents have a Bible study by themselves; Blessings over food & Prayers; Claudette (age 7) witnesses to Lucy (which is really sweet & cute!); Many Talks about God and being a Christian; Serena is a Christian; Bibles & going into a Christian book store; Deuteronomy 31:8 is on the back of the book (Just the reference, it's not written out.)

Negative Content- It's hinted (then mentioned) that Lucy's parents argued & separated a few years before the book started; Lucy's afraid that it'll happen again; A girl is rude to Lucy.

Sexual Content- *The girls on the cover are wearing shorts. A teenager smiles at Lucy and Serena says he likes her; Claudette later asks Lucy if he's her boyfriend (Lucy is mortified and tells her no)

-Lucy Larson, almost 12.
P.O.V. of Lucy
109 pages

Pre Teens- Four Stars
New Teens- Four Stars (and a half)
Early High School Teens- Four Stars
Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)
My personal Rating- Three Stars (and a half)

{ Lowered ratings for mentions of Lucy's parents arguing & separated a few years prior. }

A cute story with a light mystery and a lesson of keeping your promises. I really liked what happened on page 100:

"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."

I've never been a fan on the saying "Cross my heart" and doing an X across your chest. (I do like the My Little Pony version though! "Cross my heart, hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye!") so I thought this was a neat take and explanation of the title name.

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

*{{'Books for Christian Girls' reviews all genres of Christian books, writing down all the Spiritual, Negative & Sexual content and does ratings for girls ages 9-19.
Keep in mind, when reading a BFCG review, ignore the things that don't bother you, but take notice of the things that do.}}
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