Author: Rachel Renee Russell
Review: It’s time to put on that retainer, slip into your über-dorky pj’s and find your bookmark. The third Dork Diaries is like, here. J!! This book, like the others is read as if you just picked up Nikki’s personal diary and began reading it. While at first it feels like you’re being a little intrusive, it’s more than easy to lay back and absorb yourself in the story that unfolds. It’s Nikki’s 3rd month in her new school and evil, beautiful Mackenzie and the CCP’s are threatening to make her life miserable. With a little help from her friends, Nikki realizes that being a dork really isn’t so bad (or is at least better than being an air-head with the IQ of a toaster strudel). Readers will be so entertained by the author’s writing style, the illustrations, the middle-school drama and the hilarious (and often embarrassing) moments that they’ll be looking forward to more of Nikki’s diary entries in book #4 scheduled for release in 2012.
Conclusion: If you’re in grades 5 – 7 and if you are, or have ever considered yourself a dork, I’m sure you’ll love this book. We all have dorky moments so everyone will be able to feel that they can relate while reading this book, even if just a little. This is a light, easy-to-read book that leaves you wanting to pick up a pen and notebook and begin your own diary.
About the Author: Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.)
She has raised two daughters and lived to tell about it. Her hobbies include growing purple flowers and doing totally useless crafts (like, for example, making a microwave oven out of Popsicle sticks, glue, and glitter). Rachel lives in northern Virginia with a spoiled pet Yorkie who terrorizes her daily by climbing on top of a computer cabinet and pelting her with stuffed animals while she writes. And, yes, Rachel considers herself a total Dork. (Source: http://www.dorkdiaries.com/meet-rachel/)
Discussion Questions: Do you consider yourself a Dork? Do you feel that this book, or series of books, inspires readers to believe that being a “dork” is actually pretty cool? Do you keep a diary? What makes a dork, a dork?
For more information: http://www.dorkdiaries.com/
Where to buy: This book is available at Chapters and Indigo stores across Canada