Today I’m going to review a refreshingly cute book that is published by Aladdin, Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell is aimed at the 9-13 age range.
I was very pleasantly surprised that even I could relate to Nikki Maxwell’s troubles. Recently transplanted into a preppy private school, Nikki faces the challenges of being the new girl. Without the latest greatest cell phone, mall quality clothes or friends, what Nikki does have is a brand new diary to record her thoughts. As Nikki navigates the horror of having her locker next to popular ‘mean girl’ MacKenzie, she discovers two allies in the form of friends Zoey and Chloe. Throw in an art show, tattoos and the usual dance of a first crush, Nikki has more than she can handle at her new school. How will she deal with middle school woes and still keep true to herself? Only Nikki’s diary will reveal all.
The language in the book easily reads as if it is coming straight from the mind of a teenager as she faces the difficulties of adolescence. With great imagination the author draws on the real experiences we all face. I liked this book and the style in which it was written. The entire book is handwritten on lined pages just as if you were truly holding Nikki’s diary. It’s an unique choice that lends to the authentic feel of the story.
The author has also created a website ‘written’ by Nikki. Nikki Maxwells’s Blog is a cute way to continue the story and readers can interact with Nikki and ask questions. You can find out more about the next book in the Dork Diaries series Tales From A Not-So-Popular Party Girl as well.
Now the really fun part. I’m going to be giving away five copies of Dork Diaries courtesy of Simon & Schuster. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you’d like to win a copy. This would make a great holiday gift for that preteen on your list! The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM Friday December 11, 2009.
*I was provided with a copy of the book by Simon & Schuster to complete my review.