Dork Diaries

Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life

by Rachel Renee Russell

Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life

School And Library, 282 pages, Simon & Schuster, List Price: $13.99 | purchase

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Eighth grader Nikki Maxwell chronicles the trials and tribulations of being the new kid in school. She tackles the conundrums of friends, flirting, family and more in her funny descriptions of her "not-so-fabulous life."

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Nikki J. Maxwell is the new girl at a fancy school (she has a scholarship because her dad is the school's exterminator). She's smart, but often feels like she has to decide whether she wants to be popular or embrace being a dork. Nikki navigates the challenges of teenage life with sass and a sense of humor. "I'd say probably about 80 percent of what we put in the book series is true or based on a true story," says author Rachel Renee Russell, whose daughters inspired her to write the

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From Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell. Copyright 2009 by Rachel Renee Russell. Excerpted by permission of Aladdin.

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