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Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell - Review & Giveaway!

I don’t want to compare Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. All the reviews are doing that. It’s not really fair because the only things the two books have in common are the cartoon diary format, middle school setting and engaging voice of an authentic protagonist. I always feel like comparing books is a cop-out and besides, Dork Diaries stands on its own merit.

Nikki Maxwell is an eighth grade diarist who likes art. Some days Nikki writes an excited ode to being a teen and on others a dramatic account of being a big dork. She's recently moved to a new school where fitting in just doesn't seem to be in her cards. Her diary entries are filled with mean girls, party invitations she'll never get and cute boys.

Nikki Maxwell is an every-girl and her voice is one that many middle school girls will love. They’ll understand Nikki and they’re going to love her manga/anime inspired artwork. Her self-deprecation (dork!) and middle-school worries (fitting in, parties, friends & a cute boy!) mirror their own.

On the fringe of her thoughts are her parents, grandmother and little sister (true to the mind of a teen), and even though Nikki’s family doesn’t understand her and they seem to be no assistance with her social standing, author Rachel Renee Russell never ridicules them.

Instead, Nikki uses her own resources to maintain a pick-yourself-up mindset. And though Nikki is a positive voice for young girls, Dork Diaries never ventures toward the sermonizing that can turn young readers away. It’s Nikki's authentic voice that serves the commonsensical, even as she grapples with her desire to be included by what she sees as the shallow, but popular, crowd. The true friendship themed ending is all the more poignant since it’s delivered by a believable voice. I see many opportunities for Nikki Maxwell sequels.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life is recommended for middle school readers, strong upper-elementary readers and especially for secondary reluctant readers who are served well by nontraditional written forms.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction in diary format Age: 9-12. Pages:288.






Themes: Perseverance, Friendship, Making Decisions
Thanks to Rachel Renee Russell (Did You See That Adorable Reading Rumpus Artwork Up There!!!) and The Picnic Basket.
Publisher: Aladdin. Date: June 2009. ISBN-10: 1416980067 / ISBN-13: 978-1416980063

Buy Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Here

Nikki has a cool blog HERE and you can watch the book trailer HERE.

There's also an author interview over on Little Willow's Live Journal Page.

Rachel is an attorney who would rather write children's books than legal briefs. You can see more about her on her Simon & Schuster author's site.

Even Better???

Here's your chance to win Nikki's purse & Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life!!!

Author Rachel Renee Russell is offering Reading Rumpus readers a chance to win the book along with a special purse filled with all the goodies Nikki Maxwell loves!

To enter, simply leave a comment.


For a second and/or third entry, Twitter, blog, link to the contest and leave a SEPARATE entry with each link. Good Luck :-)



Drawing will be held July 3rd, 2009 at 7:00 PM EST.

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58 comments:

Kate said...

Can I enter? - I'm from the UK.

Great contest :D

katiepinn@googlemail.com

Tasses said...

you are entered Kate :-)

Renee said...

Please enter me (or rather my dd) in this giveaway.
Thanks

Renee said...

Please enter me (or rather my dd) in this giveaway.
Thanks

Jennifer said...

Saw your note on kidlitosphere. This would make a cool summer reading prize for my reading girls!

Ella Press said...

Can I enter? I'm in Argentina, and I'd love to read this books!

ella_press at live.com.ar

Thanks!

Solvang Sherrie said...

We actually saw this in the book store on Thursday and almost bought it! Please enter us (my daughter and I) in the contest. Thanks!

biblauragraphy said...

Why yes, Nikki, I DO love all those cute little buttons! Thanks for running the contest

Charlotte said...

Please enter me too! (and I also like the buttons)

The Book Chook said...

I won't enter, on account of Australia being so far away, but just came by for a visit and to say I enjoyed your review!

trishalynn0708 said...

Please enter me..

lovestoread0708(at)yahoo(dot)com

gahome2mom said...

I have two teenagers but one specifically in this age group. Thanks.

gahome2mom at gmail dot com

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book -- I hope we can post more fun stuff for you.

Lisanne624 said...

Oh how cute! I have a tween in mind who would love this!

lahlstedt (at) gmail.com

Carlos Antunes said...

Me please!
:D

K. Rock said...

I would love to win this!!

Staci said...

what an awesome giveaway!!!

tawnda said...

sounds like a great book & great goodies!

ANovelMenagerie said...

Please enter me!

Sheri
A Novel Menagerie

Janel said...

I'd love to win this for my daughter. Thanks!

Frugalista Mama said...

My daughter would like this :)

valerie2350 said...

this looks fun!

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/2305677080

valerie2350 said...

http://sweeps4bloggers.blogspot.com/2009/06/readingrumpus-dork-diaries-giveaway.html

Katrina V said...

Please enter me. Thank you very much!

Katrina V said...

Tweet.

http://twitter.com/katt_v/statuses/2306626646

Katrina V said...

Blogged.

http://katrina-v.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaways.html

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good read, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

Thanks,
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

violetcrush said...

oh, please do enter me too. I hope it's international.

elizascott2005 at yahoo dot co dot in

Lilly said...

My sister would love this book!
Thanks a lot!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

My niece would love this, please enter me!

Thanks!

Dottie :)

gymmom_027@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

This giveaway rocks :) My daughter would absolutely love this!!!

taulya said...

Great contest, thanks.
Great site.

Terra H. said...

These would be great for my step-daughter. Please count me in to win.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

daer0n said...

This would be great for my daugther, she would love everything!
daer0n_ at hotmail dot com

daer0n said...

I blogged:
http://ohmygiveaway.blogspot.com/2009/06/dork-diaries-tales-from-not-so-fabulous.html

daer0n_ at hotmail dot com

daer0n said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/daer0n/statuses/2323178463

daer0n_ at hotmail dot com

Darcy said...

What a sweet giveaway!

Mermaid2x said...

I'd love to be included. This would be a great book for my daughter and I would most likely "snag" it and read it too.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Dawn M. said...

My niece would flip over this book! And I'd kind of like to read it myself. :0) Please enter me.

Thanks!
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

CDDA said...

One more for the draw.
;)

carlos_durao[at]hotmail.com

JULIE said...

Would love a chance to win this...

Tammy said...

I would love to give this to my Niece

Edu Chico said...

educhico [at] gmail.com

ChristiS said...

I'd love to win this book! I'm a new Reading Specialist, and can see this being a high interest books for my upper grade girls to read! Thanks for the opportunity!
christis at gmail dot com

Ladytink_534 said...

Not only does this sound like a cool book but this prize is awesome! Love the graphic at the top :)

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jafantunes said...

Wow, great chance!
:D

o_rei_de_havana[at]hotmail[dot]com

Caty M said...

49, lucky number (I hope!).

catarina[dot]magoito[at]gmail[dot]com

Susy said...

39.5susy @ gmail . com

tina said...

I would really like to win this book so thanks so much for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

cabadov said...

my daughter would love this. And what a great way to package the giveaway, with Nikki's bag.
cabadov(at)hotmail(dot)com

danielle said...

My niece would love this! Thanks for the chance:)

Tasses said...

Contest closed. Good luck all and thanks for stopping by Reading Rumpus

Leather Diaries said...

Interesting!

Thanks for sharing.

Leather Diaries said...

Interesting!

Thanks for sharing.

gigi said...

-can I enter the contest?

thanks!

gigi said...

Oh my gosh! It would be the best thing ever if I was in this contest and I won!!!

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