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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060248661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060248666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gorman (The Marvelous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan) retreads Polonius's well-worn exhortation in this familiar tale of a sixth-grader who wants to be "cool." When his family moves, science-loving Jerry resolves to shed his "dork" image. Hence he starts at his new school in a blur, because he leaves his uncool glasses at home. However, his vision isn't so fuzzy that he can't see and fall hard for gorgeous airhead Cinnamon, who, in turn, is impressed by the handsome and equally vacuous Gabe. What's a dork to do? Under the unlikely tutelage of classmate Brenda (who tells Jerry that it takes a dork to know one), he learns to rip his new jeans fashionably and to strut, and with his new look and the self-promoting lies he spins, he's in like Flynn. The only problem is that Jerry finds that he's happier with Brenda and the other science club members than with Cinnamon's vapid crowd. It doesn't take much to figure out which group Jerry will ultimately decide to stick with. The story is essentially amiable, but even though Gorman has one of the "cool" boys furtively express an interest in science, the portrayal of good-looking kids as shallow ignoramuses and intellectuals as unattractive misfits perpetuates stereotypes. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Jerry Flack is really smart-smart enough to have been labeled dork, geek, and nerd throughout his school career. When his family moves to a new town, he sees the possibilities for a major lifestyle change. Hiding his glasses in his backpack and his academic abilities behind ripped jeans and a cool-guy strut (which he perfects in the mirror at home), Jerry manages to insinuate himself into the coolest group in the sixth grade. He is puzzled and disappointed when life isn't as exciting as he expected, and he is unsure how to respond when he's invited to join the science team, based on his outstanding record from his previous school. Jerry loves science (he is even building a working hovercraft at home), but competing on the team is definitely uncool. On the other hand, the science-team kids are more interesting to be around. It's a tough choice, but in the end Jerry decides that being himself is a lot more fun than being cool. Dork in Disguise is similar in setting, mood, and message to Gorman's The Miraculous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan (HarperCollins, 1994), about a sixth-grade girl trying to reconcile her identity as a jock with the social expectations that come along with entering middle school. As with that title, many readers will enjoy and identify with this humorous story.
Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Spectacular story! Poor Jerry, he's stuck in the middle of popularaity and dorkdom. This story tells how Jerry tries to find is old dorky self through his popularity. Lovely discription.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
A boy named Jerry Flack is starting junior high and he really wants to change his whole personality just to be popular. He was used to being the big science nerd of his elementry school and now he would try so hard to be like the popular Gabe, who is the cool skateborder and Cinnamon, the most beautiful girl in school. He wants to be just like them, hang out with them, and be known throughout the school just like them.

He later meets his best friend named Brenda who tries to teach him that he is cool in his own way and that he didn't have to be like everyone else to prove that. Jerry goes through some pretty hard times to figure that out. But to figure out the rest you need to read this wonderful book. It might even teach you that you need to be your own person and that everyone is cool in their own way. This book was wonderful to be an it will be for you too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
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'Dork in Disguise' by Carol Gorman is a hilarious book. It will knock your socks off. Carol Gorman shows what it is like to try to be cool in sixth grade at a new school after being at a school where eveybody considered you a dork.
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By A Customer on November 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Do you like book's about popularity and schoolness? Then you have to pick up this book: Dork in Disquise. Young Jerry is a geek from his past school, and moving to a new one! He figures that this is his chance from god to become cool. He disides to go to school under cover, be a loner and study the art of coolness, somehow soon, everyone thinks he's cool, he hangs out with a couple of guys and girls. And he has a trainer of coolness, and he finds it odd, that this girl is one of the most unpopular girls in school. But it turns out that she is a very good trainer and disides to befriend Jerry. Now, one of the girls that he hangs out with is Cinnomon, the most beautiful girl in school, likes him! And he likes her. But one of the guys he hangs out with also likes Cinnomon and she can't deside which one she likes more.
Soon the city carnival starts up and Cinnomon invites everyone to go with her, the plot of Cinnomon is to see which one will do more for her. Jerry is late but catches up with the guys. Who will Cinnomon deside to go out with? Read Dork in Disguise to find out!!!
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A Kid's Review on October 25, 2006
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Jerry Flack used to be a total dork. When he moves to a new town and a new school Jerry is totally convinced that he is going to be popular and cool.So the whole summer he researches everything he think it takes for him to be cool. So on the firsst day of school things go pretty well for him except for Brenda. She sees right through his cool guy act and decides that she will help him get to be really cool. Jerry is doing pretty good and all the cool guys are starting to become Jerry's friend, even Cinnomon the most beautiful and most poplular girl in school is starting to notice and talk to Jerry. But soon Jerry realises that being cool isn't all that every one says it is andJerry finds himself caught up in a web of lies. So now Jerry has to figure out what is more imprtant to him being the most popular boy in school and dating the most beautiful and most popular girl in school or being happy.

I think that this book is pretty good because it shows real insidents with real kids and how they would have to cope with there situations.
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You’re moving to a new school and you are going to try to do everything to change your image – I mean, at your old school everyone called you a dork – why?

Because you’re smart and you’re interested in science and like to hang out with the smart kids – you know – maybe you’ve done it yourself.

But the first person he meets is another smart kid – a girl – and she says she will help you become cool.

But it’s tough, and you start telling a lot of lies – like – what a great inline skater you are – and that you’re in a band – but you slowly become accepted by some of the cool kids, including the gorgeous girl.

You begin to see, though, that maybe this beautiful girl is just using you to make her real boyfriend jealous – and you haven’t been doing the stuff you like to do – and you’re missing being with the sharp kids….so what are you going to do?

Read this cool tale and find out – you know? I don’t’ care who you are – EVERYBODY should read this one – it tells it true!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Did you ever think you would have the chance to read a great book for teenagers.Well,now's your chance!!
This is about a totally huge dorky guy named Jerry.
He had bright orange hair and very dumb looking glasses but he threw away his glasses so he could look cool for his new school.He was about twelve years old and in 6th grade.
Jerry tried to be cool in his new school so he wouldn't get picked on anymore.He was very likable.A lot of people would be friends with him. Jerry was very friendly and wasn't mean. He liked people that were intelligent but now he was looking for some cool group to join in. In this story he is doing some serious lying and crazy stuff! READ TO FIND OUT!!
YOU GUYS SHOULD READ THIS STUFF.IT'S VERY HILARIOUS!! AND IT'S FOR TEENAGERS!!!
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