Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries Series #3)

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Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth—that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. The last thing Nikki needs is having her friends and—worst case scenario—her crush, Brandon, associating her with the humongous roach on top of her Dad's van! Now it looks like her secret could be about to come out, and Nikki's willing to go to any zany and wacky length to prevent that from happening. The timing seems ...

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Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth—that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. The last thing Nikki needs is having her friends and—worst case scenario—her crush, Brandon, associating her with the humongous roach on top of her Dad's van! Now it looks like her secret could be about to come out, and Nikki's willing to go to any zany and wacky length to prevent that from happening. The timing seems perfect when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize. Nikki loves to sing and dance and now she gets to have tons of fun with her friends while competing for a chance to free her Dad from his obligation! (And free herself from all that potential damage to her reputation . . .) Once again, hijinks and misunderstandings aplenty ensue, as well as more hilarious and heartwarming moments with Nikki and her friends.

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Nikki Maxwell harbors an odious secret, as large as the giant roach model that sits atop her father's exterminator company van. Nikki is understandably terrified that her private school classmates will learn that she owes her presence there to a scholarship linked to her father's pest-ridding talents. When the possibility of a talent show prize offers her an opportunity to free herself from the varmint curse, she jumps to perform. An entertaining addition to a crowd-pleasing series.

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Truly adorable illustrations grace this popular Wimpy-Kid-for-girls diary of a lower-middle-class tween maneuvering through cliques and drama at her ritzy private school. Poor Nikki is a scholarship student, part of the deal her father, as school exterminator, cut with the school. And his truck sports a giant, disgusting roach on top as advertising! Russell is an attorney but is said to prefer writing tween books to legal briefs. If Dork Diaries keeps up its ascent, maybe she can trade in those little black suits for comfy bunny slippers.

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Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
In the third book of the "Dork diaries" series, Nikki's back and struggling with her archnemesis, Makenzie. Things get crazy when Makenzie posts an embarrassing video of Nikki on YouTube. This could totally ruin Nikki's reputation at school! More importantly, it could ruin Nikki's chances with her crush, Brandon! Making matters worse, Nikki is forced to compete in a talent show to try to win a scholarship so she can afford to stay in the prestigious private school she attends. Of course, Makenzie is trying to sabotage her at every turn by stealing members of her dance team and writing "cancelled" on Nikki's recruiting posters. Will Nikki be able to outsmart Makenzie and win the talent show? Will she lose Brandon to Makenzie? Read on to see if the underdog prevails! This book would appeal to reluctant readers, particularly girls. There is frequent text talk (e.g., OMG, BFF), as well as illustrations that take up most of every other page. Thus, even though the book is 311 pages, the text only accounts for approximately one half of those pages, making the text that of the average chapter book. Mixed in with the text talk is some higher-level vocabulary such as "abrasive," "overinflated," and "decadent." The main topics of the book would most likely appeal to older girls (e.g., fashion, makeup, crushes, babysitting). There is also quite a bit of mean girl dialogue that borders on bullying between Nikki and Makenzie. Younger girls may not be prepared to deal with or understand this kind of talk. Teachers, librarians and parents should be aware that the book also includes self-deprecating humor that borders on self-loathing. For example, Nikki calls herself and her life "horribly pathetic" and says she'd like to "end it all" by flushing herself down the toilet. Reviewer: Heather Welsh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442411906
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Dork Diaries Series , #3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 26,122
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Rachel Renee Russell
is an attorney who prefers writing children’s books to legal briefs. She currently resides in Michigan.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome

    Great story with funny characters. Liked it a lot and days later I still hadn't forgotten it. Have recommended it to everyone.

    187 out of 219 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    AWESOME! I LOVE IT!!!!

    I own and read all the dork diaries, but this one is the best one out of the whole series!

    114 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    great

    I enjoyed reading this. so coooool

    88 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    Its one of the best books.i have read this book a million times and i still love it! : )

    83 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    I love the dork diraies seires sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

    71 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Loved+it

    I+loved+the+book+and+i+actually+have+the+first+two+on+hardback%21+Really+worth+reading+but+a+little+expensive%21%21

    61 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    GREAT

    I love this book its so Amazing i am 10 and it is awesome and funny


    60 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    MiyaInThisThang!

    This book is very good ,and its good for a family.

    58 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Love it!!! :D

    I read all the dork diaries and this is for sure the best.

    53 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    Omgosh i finanally got the book on my nook i wanteed o so despetly. I thank God the perfect king that i love more than any thing for blessing me with this order cant wait to finish this so far hastarical book

    Love it

    45 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Dork diaies is such a cool book

    I love dork diaries i have read every book so far but i havent . read the third boik yet. That is why i want to buy the dork diaries three. I cant wait to read the rest of the seies to come if thee is any

    29 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Person

    Best book ever and im like 11 and i just read the sample

    22 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Just plain AMAZING

    Truely funny and iuld nit have been better In the next book niki should have branden over 4 dinner. I kniw it would be histarical bcuz of her crazy family

    16 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Ok so if u r looking for a book to read,here u go!

    Hey this is hillarious and if u r not looking for comedy there is romance and a bunch of other qualities so stop looking and start reading!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    This dook is awsome!!!!!! There are a lot of twist and turns and the ending is hullarious!!!! If YOU havent read this book yet you need to its fantastic!!!
    I AM IN 6TH GRADE AND I THINK ITS GREAT!!! But its for little kids too belive me its great!!!!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Dork diaries (#3 sample)

    Dork diaries is my favorite series ever !!!! : D

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Dear frutie

    Please dont cuss, its offensive. Jesus still loves you though :)

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    I love this book!

    This is a wonderful book! I have the whole entire series. And i enjoyed each and ever second i read the book. I am a fifth grader readingthis book, and i just got the fourth and three and a half, and i really cannot wait until i get my hands on the books to read them. I love the zany, comical life of a sixth graders life,, any way it might actually give me a heads up on how to avoid horrible people in middle school, because any way i am going to grafuate soon. So i recomend this book for people of all ages.
    It is not innapropiate at all, i believe, and it will make you lol!
    Hope u love the book.
    Bye bye
    Izzybella

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Looooooooooovvvveeee

    I absolutely LOVE these books :)

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Apropriate?

    Is dork diaries apropriente for third graders? Seventh graders don't even bother telling me it IS apropriente. I need advice. PLEASE ANDSWER MY ? ASAP

    9 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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