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The Diary of Pelly D

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The Diary of Pelly D

On a planet called Home from Home, sometime in the future, Toni V works as part of the Demolition Crew. One day, he hits a water can with his drill. Inside he discovers a journal, which begins:

"This is the diary of Pelly D.
It's totally secret,
so if you're reading it
I HATE YOU ALREADY."

Toni V can't resist reading a bit of the journal, and then he's hooked and must read on. He likes Pelly and can't help fantasizing about her, but he's also puzzled. Why did she leave her diary hidden in the city plaza? Why did she scrawl on the front of it, "Dig -- dig everywhere"?

Toni V's story continues, interspersed with entries from Pelly D's diary. He envies her life. Toni V. works hard, resides in a bleak dorm, and lives to swim (naturally, like everyone else, he has gills). Pelly D was the popular girl, the "queen bee" of her group, but she also dreamed of sailing away for an adventure on a ship.

The journal turns serious as Pelly D encounters social class issues based on genetic differences. The groups are topped with the Atsumi class, followed by the Mazzini, and at the bottom of the social hierarchy are the Galrezi. When Pelly D's family undergoes the gene tests to discover which group they belong to, Pelly is in for a shock. Her social and school life --- to say nothing of the relations within her family --- are traumatized by frightening discriminatory moves by the government.

THE DIARY OF PELLY D will make you think, not only about the future but about past injustices as well. It also may make you protest, "This could never happen, right?" But the fact that makes you squirm the most is the knowledge that it can happen...and already has.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on March 29, 2005

The Diary of Pelly D
by L. J. Adlington

  • Publication Date: February 5, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • ISBN-10: 0060766174
  • ISBN-13: 9780060766177