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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Nerd Girls
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423139976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423139973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,884,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-8-When readers left the Nerd Girls in The Rise of the Dorkasaurus (Hyperion, 2011), they had gotten just a smidgen of revenge against the group of mean girls in the school, the ThreePees. Unfortunately, this just added fuel to the ThreePees' fire. After a prank traps the middle schoolers in the art room with flying paint and supplies (thereby destroying school property), both groups are given a choice by the principal: join together to form the school's Academic Septathalon team or face suspension and possibly expulsion. Meanwhile, narrator Maureen has returned to junk food and sarcasm to cope with a personal crisis: her long-gone father has reappeared and wants to be a part of her life. Maureen, Barbara, and Alice work together once again to deal with the ThreePees and study feverishly to try to win the Septathalon. The sarcasm still makes it difficult to form an emotional bond with Maureen, but her personality underneath is showing through just a tad more, and Barbara and Alice also become a little more sympathetic as their home lives come into focus. The televised Septathalon is suspenseful, but the action comes a little too late, and the tension between the two groups seems more forced than realistic. For the most part, the adults and the ThreePees stay one-dimensional, and with the way he's portrayed, one wonders why Maureen would want to know her father at all. This installment is better than the first book, but is still just an additional purchase.-Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

The second book in the Nerd Girls series is once again focused on the conflict between three nerdy girls, Mo, Q, and Beanpole, as well as their popular enemies, The ThreePees. The Nerd Girls may have won the battle in the last book, but the war is just beginning. This time, they have to team up with the dreaded ThreePees to win the school’s Academic Septathalon. Sitomer’s insight into the world of eighth-grade girls is hilarious, surprising, and painfully realistic. Like many teenagers, their school situation is just a small part of their complicated problems. As they move toward the final round, the Nerd Girls realize just how badly they need a win. Grades 5-8. --Bethany Fort

More About the Author

Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. In April 2007, Alan was named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University and in February 2008 The Insight Education Group named Alan Lawrence Sitomer the Innovative Educator of the Year.

Mr. Sitomer has also authored four young adult novels published by Disney, which include The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez.

The American Library Association named Homeboyz a Top Ten Book of the Year 2008, receiving the prestigious ALA Quick Pick Recognition for young adult novel which best engages reluctant readers. The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez was also been nominated for the same award.

Alan is the author of Hip-Hop Poetry & the Classics, a text being used in classrooms across the United States to illuminate classic poetry through hip-hop in order to engage disengaged students in both poetry and academics.

Additionally, Mr. Sitomer has just written a teacher's methodology book for Scholastic titled Teaching Teens & Reaping Results: In a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-The-Sanity-Gone World.

Most recently, Mr. Sitomer has authored The Alan Sitomer BookJam.

BookJams have been designed to nail core language arts standards, raise test scores, and return teachers to a position of strength. By bringing real books back into the classroom through a student-centric approach to learning in order to achieve core curriculum objectives, teachers can utilize all the tools Alan utilizes in his own classroom each and every day. BookJams are literally "straight out of Alan's private filing cabinet" and include a host of core, standards-based activities and lesson plans as well as a dynamic spectrum of 21st-century, hands-on learning projects. Intelligent grading rubrics, differentiated assessments and award-winning literature are all included.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Flashlight Reader on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yep, still love this series. I am convinced that it is the perfect read aloud for middle schoolers. Last year, I read the first book aloud and had a captive audience every day. Maybe it was due to my dynamic reading that could win a Grammy, or maybe it was the great characters. Either way, the kids loved the book. Nerd Girls: A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions is no different. This book should be read aloud!

Let me start by saying that the biting sarcasm of the narrator is fabulous. I love the self-deprecating humor and I think students can relate to it as well. Middle school is all about finding your self-esteem and your place in the food chain, which Mo does with biting sarcasm and "real" humor. I laughed out loud in so many places, I'm sure the people around me wondered whether I was really reading or not on my Kindle. I knew this would be another hit when I read Mo's description of a "squeaker" in the first chapter! I nearly chocked on my tea I laughed so hard.

Like the author's other novels, these fun, quirky books actually have a hard lesson hidden between the pages. As I said, middle school is a treacherous time and most kids have a hard time finding where they fit in. The characters in this book are no different. What is different, though, is the positive message that you will find. Do the three misfits transform from ducklings into swans? Hardly. They are still awkward and unpopular at the end, but that doesn't matter because they have self-worth and a place. I really like how the group of three grew in this book. The fact that they accepted another member into the Nerd Herd was great. The side story dealing with Maureen's (MO) absent-until-now father was also important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrAmazon on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Now, I'm a writer, intending to write my own stories about such nerd girls as Fat Maureen, Allergy Alice and Beanpole Barbara. But, for normal people, a lot of these characters seemed a little over the top. But I guess that's part of the fun, though.

In fact, a lot about this book is over the top.


For starters, in spite of all the bad things that the people around them do, the nerd girls never once try to do the obvious or proper thing. Maureen's project partner is an angry idiot who does nothing to help, but does she turn him in or tattle on him? No! The ThreePees throw their robot dog for the talent show into the fountain and ruin it, but do they tell on them to the judges and get them disqualified? No! And, in the beginning sequence, the ThreePees purposefully surround helpless Allergy Alice with things that will trigger her symptoms, leaving Maureen no other option than to grab the items out of their hands and dispose of them through eating. But, when confronted by a teacher and asked why she did it, does she even try to get the ThreePees in trouble for their malicious behavior? NO!

And the ThreePees still wind up winning the talent show? What kind of ending is that for a teen fiction story? It's called fiction; we don't want to see how cruel reality can always let the popular people win!

And why does Maureen still like Logan, after all the times he's laughed at her when the ThreePees humiliated her, after he never lifted a finger on their class assignment? Hello, he's an idiot! But, apparently, she only likes him as long as he's hot!

But, in spite of everything, this story had its fair share of well-written, colorful characters and the typical girly bonding friendship.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By terry kaldhusdal on July 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever felt out of place, this book is for you. If revenge has ever crossed your mind, this book is for you. If you've ever wanted a group of friends who love you unconditionally, this book is for you. If you've ever wanted to curl up with a book and fall in love with a story and its characters, this book is for you. Most books that are this funny don't have this kind of depth, but there are levels here that allow an adult to enjoy it, a high schooler to enjoy it, and a middle schooler to enjoy. Bottom line is that these girls rock.
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Nerds and bullies. Pranks and slam books. Just another day in eighth grade. Maureen (Mo) knows she’s a nerd. She describes her friends, Barbara (Bean Pole) and Alice (Q), and herself as quirky, do-well-in-school, socially awkward, and get laughed at by other kids. On the outside, she’s loud and opinionated. On the inside, she’s insecure and dealing with not only the bullies at school but her divorced mom who is now re-dating her re-divorced father. Yeah, figure that one out.

Author Alan Lawrence Sitomer’s MG/Tween novel, NERD GIRLS, A CATASTROPHE OF NERDISH PROPORTIONS is a story of friendships, family, and consequences. From locking the Nerd Girls in the booby-trapped art room to booby-trapped cookies, the Three Pees (Pretty, Popular, Perfect Girls), Kiki, Brittany, and Sofes cause trouble. The Nerds plan revenge. Finally, the principal has had enough. He gives them one way they can get out of the punishment they deserve. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so I’m saying no more, except that I laughed. I cried. And I remembered my junior high days, the slam books especially.

I think NERD GIRLS will appeal to middle school students, especially girls, that may be going through similar challenges at school and/or at home. The author has captured those in-between years when life is a drama and every event a catastrophe. Every middle school library should have a copy of this novel. Of course you’ll want a copy for your personal library, too. The author provided
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