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Ducky, Diary Two is the tenth book in the California Diaries series and takes the form of a diary written by Vista Private School student Ducky McCrae.

Back Cover Summary[]

One moment, Alex is there.

The next, he's gone.

And I can't figure out how to get him back.

Summary[]

Ducky has been worried about Alex ever since the party at Jay’s, when Alex “accidentally” tried to hurt himself. He can’t talk to Sunny about it; she’s got enough going on with her terminally ill mom.

Jay is still hanging with the Cro Mags, the jocks who push Ducky around. And Ducky’s older brother, Ted, just wouldn’t understand.

Fortunately, Christmas is around the corner and his parents are coming back from Ghana, so Ducky will finally have the family support he’s desperately been missing. But when they return, the McCraes don’t seem to care about what’s been going on in Ducky’s world, either and can’t wait to leave again.

With no one to turn to for advice, Ducky decides to confront Alex and his deepest fears are confirmed. This time, there’s no mistaking Alex’s actions for an accident.

Characters[]

Ducky's Family

  • Ducky McCrae
  • Ted - Ducky's older brother
  • Mr. "Herb" McCrae
  • Mrs. McCrae

Teenagers

Adults

Locations[]

  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • McCrae House
  • Vista Private School
  • Fiesta Grill
  • Winslow Books
  • Las Palmas County Park
  • Disneyland
  • Palo City Hospital

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Guys and Dolls
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

Trivia[]

  • Ducky's family lives at 121 Sherwood Rd in Palo City.
  • This is the first time Ducky's parents are seen.
  • Mr. McCrae is a backseat driver.
  • The students are starting to think Alex is a druggie or an alcoholic.
  • Amalia is making a new logo for Vanish.
  • Ted and Ducky never ate dinner at the same time every night.
  • Ducky and Alex used to be nerds.
  • Ducky's grandparents live in Pasadena.
  • Mrs. Snyder goes to a book club.
  • Mr. and Mrs. McCrae leave for Ghana just before Christmas.
  • This is one of the few books that mentions the internet within the series.
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