Russell, Rachel Renee. 2009. Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life. Aladdin. 272 pages.
Eighth grade can certainly be traumatic, with humiliations building and building upon one another until you feel like your very life is over. But as Dork Diaries shows, it can also have its redemptive moments. Meet Nikki. An eighth grader who's new and feeling out of sorts. It doesn't help that her locker is by the ever-popular would-be goddess, MacKenzie. And that MacKenzie--just by being herself--can intimidate just about anyone into doing her bidding. But life isn't all bad, Nikki discovers two friends--Chloe and Zoe--and a potential love interest, Brandon. Can this would-be-artist find her time to shine?
Written in journal-format, Dork Diaries is a fun little book combining art (sketches) and narrative (diary entries). The book covers it all--the angst and the sometime joys that comes from being that age and from discovering things for the first time.
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