For Pelly D, her whole glorious life stretches ahead of her; but Toni V has just found her diary - wrapped and buried in a watercan, in the rubble of a construction site. With a note: Dig, dig everywhere.
Young building worker, Toni V, finds a diary buried in a water can in the rubble of a construction site. He knows he should just hand it in to the Supervisor - that's the rule. But curiosity gets the better of him and he starts reading. At first the diarist, Pelly D, seems like any ordinary girl, writing about clothes, parties, boys. But underneath the light, sassy, often sarcastic narrative, Toni V begins to sense that something very different, sinister, and scary is unfolding.
Set far in the future and on a distant planet, Pelly D's diary bears witness, through the eyes of a young girl, to the terrifying consequences of genetic classification.
The Diary of Pelly D catches you by the throat and it doesn't let you go even when you have read the last paragraph. The real storyline of Adlington's clever novel is not thrown at you from the start - you have to peel away the skin like that of an orange to see what is inside. This is a brilliant example of storytelling at its most seductive ... This is a fastpaced, utterly absorbing novel that is hard to put down once you have begun reading. - Sunday Morning Post, John Millen
L J Adlington's spare and concise voice brings Pelly D vividly to life for both Toni V and the reader, The Diary of Pelly D will intrigue and grip from the first diary entry to the open-ended and chilling conclusion. - Pocklington Post
Written in the breathless, racy style of a young teenager, Pelly's diaries just keep you reading ...It gives an old theme a fresh twist ... - York Evening Press
The Diary of Pelly D is a clever, unusual story that readers looking for something different will find captivating. The book reveals its secrets slowly with maximum impact. - South China Morning Post
Adlington has crafted an original and disturbing dystopian fantasy told in a smart and sympathetic teen voice. - Booklist
This book is one thing: amazing. - Voya
In this powerful debut novel, Adlington deftly sketches in the background to Pelly D's increasingly totalitarian world, whilst allowing her sparky heroine centre stage. - Books for Keeps September 05
An impacting page turner that will leave you gasping for H2O. - writeaway.org.uk
L. J. Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. She lives in the north of England with a cat the size of a small armchair. She loves climbing volcanoes, watching crime dramas and reading fairy-tales. She is very good at eating chocolate. Her novels for teenagers weave together past, present, future and fantasy. Her latest novel Night Witches is set on a war-torn world, with a darkly complex and powerful heroine.