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Dork Diaries 2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by [Russell, Rachel Renee]
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Gr 5-8–This book continues in the same vein as the first, sharing many of its flaws. In this installment, Nikki volunteers to help with the Halloween dance but overextends herself by committing to multiple duties in different places on the same night. Presented in diary format, the lined-paper pages and manga-style illustrations provide levity, but too frequently Nikki's adventures slip from amusing into improbable farce. The simplistic and highly unrealistic story; flat characters; and predictable ending will not appeal to readers who can handle the fairly advanced vocabulary. Strictly for fans of the first book.Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Review

In this follow-up to her popular Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life, Russell offers a slight but amusing tale of a middle-school nerd who finds she is not so nerdy after all. The book is structured as the diary of Nikki Maxwell, with pages designed to look like handwritten, heavily illustrated entries. The story follows Nikki’s trials and tribulations in the face of harassment from the most popular girl in class, a possibly requited crush on her lab partner, kooky plans from her boy-crazy best friends, and complications from her pesky little sister. Things spin out of control when Nikki finds herself with three commitments the night of the big dance. The most affecting, original parts of the book are Nikki’s attempts to balance her excitement over her budding romance and her loyalty to her friends. The rest of the plot covers the well-trod territory of the lonely but lovable outsider. Filled with manga-inspired artwork, the story should amuse younger readers, but not challenge them. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, May 3, 2010

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TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POPULAR PARTY GIRL by Rachel Renee Russell
Category: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: Grades 6+
Release Date: 6/8/10
Publisher: Aladdin
Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
Rating: 5 Stars

This is the second installment of the DORK DIARIES, the girls version of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
books for boys.

It is written in a diary form with drawings. When I told my fifth grade girls that I had the second book in the series, they got very excited, since most of them had already read the first installment.

Nikki is the heroine of this series. She is in middle school and is a great artist. She has two BFFs, Chloe and Zoey, and a crush on a popular boy named Brandon. There is also a queen bee named MacKenzie. Nikki gets involved with the Halloween dance. She has to plan and organize it - and MacKenzie wants her to fail.

The story is told in a very charming way and has a lot of good cultural references. You want to root for Nikki and boo MacKenzie. The story is a little unrealistic, but I still accepted it hook, line, and sinker.

I enjoy this series and so do all the girls I have given it to. So curl up and enjoy this very funny story!

Gr 5-8–This book continues in the same vein as the first, sharing many of its flaws. In this installment, Nikki volunteers to help with the Halloween dance but overextends herself by committing to multiple duties in different places on the same night. Presented in diary format, the lined-paper pages and manga-style illustrations provide levity, but too frequently Nikki’s adventures slip from amusing into improbable farce. The simplistic and highly unrealistic story; flat characters; and predictable ending will not appeal to readers who can handle the fairly advanced vocabulary. Strictly for fans of the first book.–Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

-SLJ Sept 2010


Product Details

  • File Size: 12408 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; 1 edition (May 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BHM87M
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
My daughters and I have read ALL of the Dork Diaries books together. Here are 10 reasons why I, as a parent, love this series:

1. Nikki takes pride in being a Dork! She thinks being a bit different from others is a good thing and encourages kids to take pride in who they are.

2. Nikki and her friends love reading and volunteer each day in the school library. She and her friends collected and donated hundreds of books to give to a Children's shelter.

3. Nikki also volunteers at Fuzzy Friends the local animal shelter. In spite of not knowing how to ice skate, she competed in a charity ice skating event and won $10,000 for the shelter.

4. Nikki has to deal with a bully and mean girl named MacKenzie. She not only stands up to MacKenzie, but also typically outsmarts her.

5. When Nikki sees other children being bullied or treated badly, she stands up for them. She is also very outspoken and was critical of how girls were being bullied on a popular TV show and the mentality of shallow, celebrity party girls. Most adults who complain about her comments have obviously NOT actually read the book because Nikki is agreeing with them that both bullies and celebrity party girls exhibit inappropriate behavior.

6. Nikki is from a blue collar background and is teased by some of the wealthier children at her private school. In spite of this, she still is friendly, intelligent, witty, and generally secure in who she is.

7. The book has very diverse characters, unlike most children's books today. Almost half of the school children reading books today are from diverse backgrounds. Nikki's best friends are Chloe, who is Latina, and Zoey, who is African-American.
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I was SO excited to hear that the Dork Diaries series would be continuing with this second book, Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Popular Party Girl. I adored the the first book, the author has such a way with humor that I think all her jokes are funny and I just adore Nikki! And the situations Nikki finds herself in, oh man, I'm not the target audience but they were hilarious! There is something about the way that Nikki writes her journal that is so innocent and genuine that she's instantly lovable.

In this book nemesis MacKenzie really starts to show her claws so it's really interesting to see how Nikki will handle these situations in her polite and innocence manner. Nikki's friends Chloe and Zoey are also a great backup duo to Nikki and her crazy ideas! While I would have loved to have seen Nikki's little sister Brianna a bit more in this book, she was still as funny as I remember her from the first book.

I can see the Dork Diaries series going on for a long time and with each book Nikki is maturing a bit more and learning new things about herself. I love how this book ended and it's set up for what I'm sure will be a great third book to the series! Can't wait to read it!
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I loved the dork moments it really encouraged me to speak up to "makinzie" at my school.I loved this book and I encourage everyone to read them!
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I have to say this book was AMAZING and I just couldn't put it down for very long. I will get more of these awesome books. These for me are have to reads!!!! :D I was amazed by the illustrations in the book and most of them were absolutely hilarious! ;) I love this series to death and will continue on. I love the characters the most and they all make me laugh!!! :) I thank the author for making this series. - I hope you find this helpful and enjoy this series, thank you.
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Grand-daughter loves these books, she always keeping her eye's open for new books that are the Dork books. Her brother reads her books too, then they talk about the book and compare notes. Good talking at the table.
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What parent don't love a book that gets their child to read? My 10 year old never enjoys reading, the only time she picks up a book to read it herself is when it is a school assignment. That was until she found the Dork you diaries series. This series was just what she needed to find to show her books are entertaining and read for enjoyment. A good book can give you the world.

The pages are not over filled with text, so it kept from seeming overwhelming. The font and pictures are fun and youthful with our seeming juvenile. The great thing was this one book led into her reading the entire series and finding enjoyment in curling up with a good book.
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My 10 year old 5th grader loved this book and asked for more in the series. I'll happily oblige. I actually thought this was the first book in the series (because I don't always read descriptions) and ended up getting this for her before buying the first. It worked out, because she had read the first one from the school library. I'm just happy that she's finally into reading and that this book helped get her there.
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This is the second installment of the DORK DIARIES, the girls version of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID books for boys.

It is written in a diary form with drawings. When I told my fifth grade girls that I had the second book in the series, they got very excited, since most of them had already read the first installment.

Nikki is the heroine of this series. She is in middle school and is a great artist. She has two BFFs, Chloe and Zoey, and a crush on a popular boy named Brandon. There is also a queen bee named MacKenzie. Nikki gets involved with the Halloween dance. She has to plan and organize it - and MacKenzie wants her to fail.

The story is told in a very charming way and has a lot of good cultural references. You want to root for Nikki and boo MacKenzie. The story is a little unrealistic, but I still accepted it hook, line, and sinker.

I enjoy this series and so do all the girls I have given it to. So curl up and enjoy this very funny story!

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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