Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

(Book #1 of Dork Diaries)
Illustrated by: Rachel Renée Russell
For Ages: 9 - 13
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Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics—and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition.

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  • Aladdin | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416980063 | 
  • June 2009 | 
  • Grades 4 - 8
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Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries Trailer – Meet Nikki Maxwell!

Nikki Maxwell has been writing in her diary since the start of the school year. She writes about her BFFs Chloe and Zoey, her ANNOYING little sister Brianna, her crush Brandon (sighhh) and mean girl MacKenzie and the CCPs (cute, cool and popular g...

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Discussion Questions for:

Dork Diaries
By Rachel Renée Russell


Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

1. Nikki is starting at a new private school. How does she learn about the culture of the school and figure out who is trustworthy? Have you ever had to start over at a new school? If yes, how did it feel? If no, how do you think you would act the first few days?

2. When Nikki’s mom tells her she’s getting a back-to-school present that will help her “communicate her thoughts and feelings,” she is so excited because she thinks it will be a new cell phone. Instead, Nikki’s mom gives her a diary. Nikki is incredibly disappointed, not just because she didn’t get a cell phone, but also because she thinks a paper diary is outdated. Despite her initial resistance, Nikki ends up writing a lot in her diary. Do you think paper diaries are outdated? Would you rather share your thoughts and commentary about school life privately in a diary, or more publicly using an online forum such as a blog or social networking site like Facebook?

3. Nikki feels that her bedroom should be her own private space. At school, she, Chloe, and Zoey use the janitor’s closet for their meetings. Do you have your own bedroom or another special space that feels like it is all your own? If so, who makes up the rules for this special place? If you could have complete do see more

About the Author

Rachel Renée Russell
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Rachel Renée Russell

Rachel Renée 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.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

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