Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dork Diaries

Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, #4)Russell, Rachel Renee. Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess.
5 June 2012, Aladdin.
Nominated for the Cybils by Gwendolyn Hooks

Nikki's school, Westchester Country Day,  is studying ice skating in gym so that students can participate in the Holiday on Ice charity show. Nikki signs up with her friends Chloe and Zoey in hopes that they can beat the awful MacKenzie. The only problem? Nikki can't skate. This is an even bigger problem when she chooses Fuzzy Friends as her charity-- and her crush Brandon has a big stake in that, because it is run by his grandparents, and if the animal shelter has to close, he might have to move. Nikki has other problems, like her goofy parents and annoying sister, having to read Moby Dick in school and do a project on it, and of course, figuring out whether or not Brandon really likes her. When MacKenzie sabotages Nikki's act for the ice show, will she be able to survive? Apparently, because Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All came out on October 2nd.
Strengths: This is what 6th grade girls mean when they want to read about romance, and reluctant readers zip through these because the pictures delude them into thinking that there isn't as much text. Very popular.
Weaknesses: Strained my credulity on several counts-- ice skating for gym? Moby Dick? I also wanted to slap Nikki just a tiny bit for being shallow. At least she's not as annoying as Wimpy Kid.

Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries, #5)And, of course, we can all Dork ourselves.

Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All came out on 2 October. I had to read it super quickly because there was a huge line of girls waiting for it, so description below from the publisher.
"Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism that may or may not (okay, definitely does) have to do with the fact that mean girl Mackenzie has started writing a gossip column. And there just might be some juicy info involving Nikki’s crush, Brandon, that Nikki doesn’t want Mackenzie reporting to the world. So Nikki joins the school newspaper staff—and ends up as an advice columnist! It’s fun at first, answering other kids’ letters. But when Miss Know-It-All’s inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side—and at her keyboard!"

Please report in if your school has 1.) a school newspaper and 2.) the newspaper has a gossip column. I know longer believe that this happens anywhere except in middle grade fiction books!


  1. What about hotly contested student elections? Our high school has a student representative, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it's something kids do for their college applications and there aren't vicious debates being fought through the halls of elementary schools over this.

  2. Our school doesn't have a newspaper either. Dork Diaries are very popular books where I live! Love your blog! I will visit again! Thank you!

  3. My daughter's elementary school had a newspaper that the 3rd and 4th graders could work on. The intermediate school (5th/6th) had one too. The same woman -- who used to work for a newspaper -- did it as a labor of love. She taught them great journalistic principles and produced a great product.

    No gossip column though :)