The Dork Diaries series continues with this installment, in which diarist Nikki takes action when her arch nemesis, the bratty Mackenzie Hollister, gets in her face several times too many. Encouraged by her BFFs, Nikki joins the school newspaper staff and carries out—with great flourish—the assignment to be its secret advice columnist. Russell continues to get a nuanced story across in the words of Nikki’s diary, while the illustrations lend even more substance to Nikki’s character. An easy place to enter—or continue—a sweet series featuring credible, although not traumatic, middle-school angst. Grades 4-6. --Francisca Goldsmith
About the Author
Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.