Heart to Heart with Mallory

From the Series Mallory

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Valentine’s Day is approaching and everyone seems to be crazed with love—except for Mallory. She’s been invited to a Valentine’s party next door and rumor has it that her next-door neighbor’s dad is going to propose to her best friend’s mom. What will it mean if her two best friends become brother and sister? Where will she fit in? And to make matters even more confusing, Mallory is receiving presents from a secret admirer. Who could it be? Mallory feels like everything is changing and she has lots of questions about life, love, and friendship. Since her two best friends are preoccupied, Mallory turns to her diary to find the answers.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2006
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2007-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV014000, JUV045000, JUV039050
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.375 x 7.3125
Lexile 640
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 107463
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Laurie Friedman

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.

Illustrator: Barbara Pollak

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!


Meet Mallory McDonald, a spunky, energetic young girl whose comical exploits and joke-telling will hit the mark with early chapter book readers. Check out Mallory’s website at www.mallorymcdonald.com. Kids can meet Mallory’s creator (author Laurie Friedman), find out fun… View available downloads →


Library Media Connection

“Dealing with changes and the resulting emotions is the theme of the book and one with which its targeted readers can identify. The blended family element will also be familiar to many readers. The writing rings true of the age group. . .”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“Friedman finds a true voice for her likable but somewhat self-centered character. . . Fans of Megan McDonald’s ‘Judy Moody’ books (Candlewick) and Marissa Moss’s ‘Amelia’ notebooks (S & S) will enjoy Mallory.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“Designed to look like a real diary (complete with convincing illustrations), this sixth Mallory novel finds its heroine dealing with secrets, jealousy, and an admirer. Fans of sensitive, high-strung Mallory will relish this humorous glimpse into her innermost thoughts.”
The Horn Book Guide