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Hi! My name is Janie Ray, and I'm 11 years old. When I first got this diary from my mom, I didn't think I'd have all that much to write about. I mean, let's face it - fifth grade isn't exactly the most exciting thing in the world. 

But then really strange things started happening. Like last week, my best friend Sheila and I were hanging out in our clubhouse, drinking lemonade and trying to figure out what to do about Marcia the Snob (who literally thinks she's queen of the fifth grade and seems to specialize in making my life miserable...), when we suddenly noticed a weird inscription on this old medallion I found when I was little. The crazy part is, it was written in a secret code Sheila and I made up for our clubhouse JUST THIS YEAR! At first, we figured someone was playing some kind of a trick on us. But then, before we realized what was happening, we ended up in the forest with an exceedingly odd girl who kept insisting the year was 1739. 

Let's just say my life isn't so boring anymore. And that's an understatement.

This audiobook includes the first five adventures of The Diary of Janie Ray!

The Impossible Medallion and The Day My Mom Got Grounded: Eleven-year-old Janie Ray can't believe it's only been a few weeks since she first discovered the mysterious inscription on her old medallion. But things have already started changing. For the better.

A Star is Born: Kellie Allen is the most unpopular girl in Janie Ray's fifth grade class. She doesn't have any friends, and she brings sardine sandwiches for lunch! Janie can't believe her rotten luck when she gets stuck with Kellie as her science project partner. But she soon realizes that Kellie isn't as weird as she seems. And she has the best singing voice Janie has ever heard! 

A Letter to my Fifth Grade Self: Things are going pretty well for Janie. Between hanging out with Sheila, Kellie, and Alexis and trying to get her homework done, she barely has time to think about the medallion. And even MTS - otherwise known as Marcia the Snob - seems to be minding her own business. 

Baking with Frenemies: Travelling through time is strange enough, but now something even stranger has happened - MTS wants to be Janie's friend! Or does she? 

©2011, 2015 Lila Segal (P)2015 Lila Segal

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  • Teresa
  • Olney, IL, United States
  • 08-19-17

Great middle grade book!

I like the whole idea of the bearers and medallion storyline. I think my two granddaughters would love this series and would wish they could travel through time! I can imagine me thinking that at 9-10-11 years old. Now it's time to start reading the next one in the series.

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  • Trish
  • DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States
  • 10-27-17

Really great time travel book for kids

Diary of Janie Ray is a series of chapters about Janie and a few BFFs who are able to travel back in time and see what it's like to be in their parent's and other adult figures in their lives. It's hard to write a book that resonates with teens--they are pretty sophisticated these days, and a book is hard to compete with Instagram. However, Ms. Segal does a good job of keeping the story interesting with the fun time travel twist. The narrator is okay--a little squeaky. Overall, it's a fun series that my 12 year old daughter enjoyed as much as I did.

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Pure Fun!

Fun listen! Janie's diary was so typical that anyone who has ever been a young female can feel it! The time travel adds a fun dimension and there are even some history lessons thrown in. I found this to be an imaginative fun series that I would happily gift to any tween-age girl! I did receive a complimentary copy of this set in exchange for an honest review but I immediately had to rush to purchase Books 6 & 7 because I just had to know what happened next (or with time travel maybe I should say "what happened before...")

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  • Leslie F.
  • LONG BEACH, CA, United States
  • 07-12-17

Great series for middle grade girls

This was really fun set of books for middle-graders. I listened to the Audible audio version with my almost-7-year-old and almost-8-year-old, and even though they're not quite at the middle grade level yet, even they enjoyed the books. I enjoyed them, too, and it brought back to memory what it was like being a 12-year-old girl - all the drama and excitement, etc. I liked all 5 books in the series, but I think the last one, "Baking With Frenemies" was my least favorite, but it was still good. The premise just seemed a little mean-spirited. If you want a series that your middle-grader can enjoy (especially girls), I recommend giving this series a try.

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So exciting!

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The book is so exciting you feel like you can't even hear the next part because it's so so exciting. You get goose pimples because it's so exciting what's going to happen next. The person narrating the story can make different voices of different people in a good way. Lila has a really good imagination and a really good way of telling a story. All 8 and even 7 year olds and up should read it! (Written by 8-year old boy)