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Friday, 28 August 2015

Review: Truly Tan (Truly Tan #1)

Tan moves to the country where no one appreciates her forthright ways. She confides her hopes and woes through diary entries, running narrative and a personalised dictionary. It feels like she is confiding in me.

Jen Storer nails Tan’s confidence at thinking she knows what words mean, then turns this into adorableness. Who else would explain the meaning of Nonsense by saying: ‘here is something I know about nonsense. Verity Crisp is full of it.’

Tan shares her dilemma over boys, too. Ted seems friendly at first but then he doesn’t talk to her at the new school so she writes a poem about him. Isn’t it lucky that words like ‘dumb’ and ‘pain in the bum’ rhyme?

Apart from sharing her heart, Tan loves a mystery. With her detailed Secret Spy Files and a pocket full of braveness, she is determined to get to the bottom of the Purple Haunt. Will you dare to join her?


There are currently four titles available in the Truly Tan series, Truly Tan, Truly Tan: Jinxed!, Truly Tan: Freaked! and Truly Tan: Spooked!

Title: Truly Tan (Truly Tan #1)
Author: Jen Storer
Illustrator: Claire Robertson
Publisher: HarperCollins, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780733331213
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction

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