Gossip from the Girls' Room: A Blogtastic! Novel

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls!

Gossip from the Girls? Room fills readers in on all there is to learn about middle school life at Middlebrooke, where Sofia has her very own blog and discusses all the juicy gossip that comes out of the Girls? room; read along to find out ...

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Overview

Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls!

Gossip from the Girls’ Room fills readers in on all there is to learn about middle school life at Middlebrooke, where Sofia has her very own blog and discusses all the juicy gossip that comes out of the Girls’ room; read along to find out just what happens when class is not in session.
 

In Sofia's words . . .

Mia St. Claire is only the most popular girl in all of Middlebrooke Middle School. For three very obvious reasons:
1. She's very rich.
2. She has tons of money.
3. She can buy anything and everything she wants. And she does.
I'm sure people like her for other reasons too, but none of those reasons are obvious enough for me to really know. Or care about, for that matter.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The first book in debut author Cooper's Blogtastic! series is structured as the "Pre-Blogging Notebook" of sixth-grader Sofia Becker, a gossip collector with a hyperactive imagination. Printed on faux lined paper and decorated with Sophia's stick-figure doodles, the story follows Sofia as she gathers fodder for her anonymous blog by hiding out and eavesdropping at school ("I have very genius-like planned my schedule around being super-discreet in the girls' room, the cafeteria, and other gossip-infested places, every chance I get"). The main drama involves Sofia's obsession with popularity, her suspicion that popular Mia St. Claire is stealing her crush, and her feeble attempts at matchmaking. Readers will quickly get that it's Sofia, not Mia, who is the raging egomaniac, and Sofia learns the expected lessons (mostly) that come with making assumptions and trashing one's peers. Both in format and in its morality-challenged protagonist, this book aims for a Wimpy Kid vibe, but Sofia's cartoons add little, her tone grates, and her personality is one-note—Cooper never really gets inside the heads of her characters, Sofia included. Ages 10–up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
What a very clever book! Cooper has chosen to write her novel in notebook style with illustrations adding to the interest. Sophia is a sixth grader who is having trouble fitting in. Before school starts, she dreams of being popular, and having the time of her life. Everyone wants to be popular, but unfortunately, Sophia is anything but. The final blow for her is when her own mother gets a substitute teaching job at her school...how devastating! Obviously she can't change her mother's job, but she devises a plan that she is sure will make her more popular. All she will have to do is spread rumors about engaging girls on her anonymous school blog. What she wasn't prepared for was that in her digging for gossip, she realizes the girls she was jealous of are actually pretty nice. Sophia learns a lot about herself in this book and girls reading this book will truly understand what Sophia is going through. The writing is interesting, flows well, has humor and heartbreak, and is such a perfect book for a girl. Sophia learns that gossip can have very negative consequences. The author was able to take a tough problem and make a positive outcome. The pictures break up the text which makes it perfect for a reluctant reader. This book would be a fantastic gift. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Kirkus Reviews

Aspiring blogger Sofia longs to make it big within her school's blogosphere, thereby improving her "popularity meter" rating. The sixth-grade sleuth spends her time lurking in the farthest stalls of the girls' room, eavesdropping in her quest for the latest scoop, and is not above an occasional snide online remark about her arch-nemesis, Mia St. Claire. Sofia's "pre-blogging journal" covers one tumultuous month as she navigates the rough waters of social status, the monotony of Life Science class and the ultimate embarrassment of her mother's new position as the substitute Spanish teacher at her school. When faced with the biggest news of her career, Sofia must decide how far she is willing to go in her pursuit of popularity. Cooper keenly captures Sofia's quintessential preteen voice: spunky and full of a blustering bravado meant to mask her vulnerability. Sofia's experiences, recorded in faux–hand printing on lined paper, and the many hilarious sketches scattered throughout the journal will garner groans and laughs from readers.(Fiction. 9-13)

From the Publisher

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Harriet the Spy." - Keeper of all Wisdom (blog)

"Rose Cooper brings Sofia to life in her debut book...Through her witty words and sketches, Cooper is able to take a serious concept, bullying and name-calling, and show readers why it’s a bad idea." - GirlsLife.com

"I really enjoyed reading this book...It's totally BLOGTASTIC!" - National Geographic Kids

"Written as a journal with illustrations and asides, this humorous take on trying to fit in will find wide appeal. Hand this to female fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and they'll soon start anticipating Sophia's next adventure." - Booklist

"Cooper keely captures Sofia's quintessential preteen voice: spunky and full of a blustering bravado meant to mask her vulnerability. Sofia's experiences, recorded in faux-hand printing on lined paper, and the many hilarious sketches scattered throughout the journal will garner groans and laughs from readers." - Kirkus Reviews

"The tone here is frothy and middle-school histrionic, making Sofia a wonderfully entertaining voice...Cooper’s black-and-white sketches add additional comic appeal; particularly amusing are the portraits, composed with big-eyed manga flair and a caricature-esque attention to defining details." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This "Pre-Blogging Notebook" recounts the events that take place over a period of one month and chronicles the gossip-gathering of Sophia Becker, a sixth grader with a mission to increase her popularity or decrease Mia St. Claire's. Sophia draws cartoonish illustrations of herself, her best friend, her nemesis, her crush, and various classmates and family members, and comments bluntly about their flaws and shortcomings. She eavesdrops every chance she gets, including multiple trips per day to the girls' bathroom, where she hides in a stall. Given the amount of time she seems to spend there, it's amazing that she can keep up with her schoolwork. After she gathers enough gossip, she posts her findings on the school's blog, where she names the victims along with her gossip. The premise strains credulity. Even though the advisor cautions Sophia that gossip can be hurtful and advises her not to divulge names, what teacher in his or her right mind would allow such a post to be published at all? Sophia is self-centered and unkind and does not seem to grow or show much empathy even after being exposed. The book ends with her wondering about what goes on in the boys' room, promising a sequel. Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" (Abrams), Rachel Renée Russell's "Dork Diaries" (S & S), and Amy Ignatow's "The Popularity Papers" (Abrams) are much better choices.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385739474
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 361,895
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rose Cooper
ROSE COOPER is a children's writer and illustrator and a self-taught artist. Her art work can be seen in local galleries, art fairs, and festivals. Writing for children gives her the perfect excuse to keep in touch with her inner child and never really grow up. She lives in Sacramento, California with her husband, Carl, and their three boys. You can visit Rose's Web site at Rose-Cooper.com.
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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo

    Sofia Becker eavesdrops on the most popular girls at school to find out information for her blog. She wants only the juiciest gossip so her blog will become the most famous one in school. She's also hoping it will raise her own popularity status. There's only one problem...her blog's anonymous. Her blog has three features: Students in the News, Teachers in the News, and Parents in the News. When she hears gossip, she can't help but post it - even if it might damage her friendships. Will Sofia's blog make her a super-star or send her to social Siberia? A cute tale for tween girls, very much like the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series with cartoons and humor. The drawings are witty and make the diary an easy and fast read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    A Must Read for Girls of All Ages!!

    Met author today at book signing, brought book home and read in 2 hours. I could not put it down! Author has a fun, witty writting style, that will make you laugh at loud and smile the whole book through. Can't wait for next book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    awesome book

    I thought it was amazing i didnt want to put it down such a cute book better than diary of a wimpy kid deff reccomend it. I want more of this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    The Very Best

    I say the best read ever. A book i could not put down. It ketp me wanting more!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Cute, quick, fun read

    I discovered this author via Facebook and Blogger when she was waiting for this book to arrive from the publisher. As she talked about a sixth grade girl named Sofia who wrote down everything in a journal that she thought was blog worthy. Sometimes she recorded hallway rumors and sometimes she learned interesting tidbits when she was unnoticed in a bathroom stall. She then posted to her blog-which is hosted by the school website-when nobody was watching. Sofia uses and assumed name and only her best friend knows the truth, but Sofia still dreams of popularity via her anonymous blog.

    The pink and black cover and author's doodling add to the irresistibility of this book. I checked it out to see if my older daughter (8yo) would be interested. Gossip is such a quick, fun read I had to pass it on to her. She couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this to 8-12 year old girls. I think it is especially appropriate for the reluctant reader.

    Per my 8yo: this was a really good book. Sofia is a really good character because she has a journal where she writes down everything she hears. It's really cool that she has a blog on the school website because I don't. I liked the weird jokes, when Sofia practiced writing her names different ways and when Nona's tongue got stuck on the flagpole. I would recommend this book to other girls my age.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 25, 2013

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    Omg this book is so funny I may read it 100,000 times

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Loved it

    This book was funny and amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    what the heck

    i preordered this bookbin march and it came out in the 19th and i still cant read it!!!!!!!!!:(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Where is it???

    I preordered the book, but i can't even read it and its already come out

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    what?

    i still didnt read it its coming out apirl first but its there but i still preordered ot

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