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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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© 2007-2009 Cheryl Vanatti for www.ReadingRumpus.com



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58 comments:

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

    Great contest :D

    katiepinn@googlemail.com

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  2. you are entered Kate :-)

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

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

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

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

    ella_press at live.com.ar

    Thanks!

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  7. 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!

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  8. Anonymous6/20/2009

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

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

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  10. 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!

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  11. Anonymous6/23/2009

    Please enter me..

    lovestoread0708(at)yahoo(dot)com

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

    gahome2mom at gmail dot com

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  13. 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.

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

    lahlstedt (at) gmail.com

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  15. I would love to win this!!

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  16. what an awesome giveaway!!!

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  17. sounds like a great book & great goodies!

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  18. Please enter me!

    Sheri
    A Novel Menagerie

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

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  20. My daughter would like this :)

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

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

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  23. Please enter me. Thank you very much!

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  24. Tweet.

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

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  25. Blogged.

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

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

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

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  27. I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

    Thanks,
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  28. Anonymous6/24/2009

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

    elizascott2005 at yahoo dot co dot in

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  29. My sister would love this book!
    Thanks a lot!

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  30. My niece would love this, please enter me!

    Thanks!

    Dottie :)

    gymmom_027@yahoo.com

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  31. Anonymous6/24/2009

    Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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

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  32. Great contest, thanks.
    Great site.

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

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

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

    daer0n_ at hotmail dot com

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

    daer0n_ at hotmail dot com

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  37. What a sweet giveaway!

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  38. Mermaid2x6/26/2009

    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

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  39. 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

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  40. One more for the draw.
    ;)

    carlos_durao[at]hotmail.com

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  41. Would love a chance to win this...

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  42. I would love to give this to my Niece

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  43. Edu Chico6/28/2009

    educhico [at] gmail.com

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  44. 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

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

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  46. Jafantunes7/02/2009

    Wow, great chance!
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  47. Caty M7/02/2009

    49, lucky number (I hope!).

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

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  48. 39.5susy @ gmail . com

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

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  50. Anonymous7/03/2009

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

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

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

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  53. Interesting!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Interesting!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  55. -can I enter the contest?

    thanks!

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

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