The Rise of the Dorkasaurus (Nerd Girls Series)

The Rise of the Dorkasaurus (Nerd Girls Series)

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by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
     
 

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Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, is totally addicted to cupcakes and hot dogs and thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can’t touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front

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Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, is totally addicted to cupcakes and hot dogs and thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can’t touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front of the whole school. These outcasts don't have much in common—other than the fact that they are often targets of the ThreePees: the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls who rule the school.

But one day Maureen discovers that the ThreePees are planning to sit next to Allergy Alice in the cafeteria and eat peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches on whole wheat toast with mango marmalade for lunch. And Maureen decides that it's time to topple the eight-grade social regime. She joins forces with Alice and Barbara and the Nerd Girls enter the school talent show, determined to take the crown from the ThreePees. Will their routine be enough to de-throne the popular crowd? Or will their plan backfire and shake their hold on the bottom rung of the social ladder?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423155072
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Nerd Girls Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers who received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. Alan's previous books include The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez. Alan is also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry and The Classics, a text used in classrooms across the United States to engage disengaged students.

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The Rise of the Dorkasaurus 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
PunkinPatch More than 1 year ago
Wow! I love this book! The ThreePees have run the school for too long and the Nerd Girls have reached the tipping point...Game on! Nerd Girls is a great story of middle school with all its awkward, exciting, and hilarious moments. It's a tale of adolescent adversity and friendship with a cast of memorable characters on a very engaging middle school adventure. I was hooked from the very first line! I highly recommend this book to all!
Sippodream More than 1 year ago
Just read the book and can't give enough praise to how good it was. The story moves quickly and you can't wait to find out what happens next. Each chapter a new calamity awaits our heros and it gets funnier and funnier the deeper you go. Easy and very enjoyable read. While it appears catered to young women, anyone could relate to the middle school "drama" these Nerds have to contend with. A must read for all young adults and I sense a series will soon follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS GREAT I COULDNT STOP READING IT its just right for 10-13
ReaderKidSamantha More than 1 year ago
This book made me LOL so hard. So many "funny" books are like 'tee-hee' but NERD GIRLS was like SO HYSTERICAL! And I could really relate to the characters. When I read the other review I could like tell it was clearly written by an adult but I think reviews should be written by kids because we're the ones who the book is written for anyway, right? NERD GIRLS is about what it feels like to not fit in, and about what true friendship is all about. 5 STARS and more... I really hope there are more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was by far the best book in THE WORLD!!! i loved it soo much that i would read it again
Seaberg Family Account More than 1 year ago
I borrowed from a friend and liked it ok yes i think appropriate maybe easier to understand if u were middle school or jr high but fine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book. I wouldn't say the best book i have ever read but it was very entertaining. I can also relate to some of the things that happen in the book. I would give this book 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow even just reading what it is about makes me want to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much please make another book! I can relate to the nerd girls at my old school. There was a group of girls that always bullied me and my friends. Yep love this book hopefuly i didn't spoil anything so yeah. Hailey 10
Natalie Roy More than 1 year ago
I m ten ,is it apportite?
Abigail Howard More than 1 year ago
I liked it but didnt love it........it could have been better
l_manning More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this, I thought I was going to hate it. The beginning really turned me off. I'm glad I stuck with it however, as there were a lot of really good things about it. I'll start with what I didn't like first. The main character, Maureen, was not that sympathetic. I understand self-deprecation, but Maureen was a little too harsh on herself and everyone else she saw. Also, she didn't really read like a female character. It really did come across as a guy trying his best to get into the head of a tween girl, and it just didn't quite succeed for me. I loved the general story though. Trying to get back at the mean girls is probably not the best motivation in the world, but it worked well in how it gave the Nerd Girls a chance to form true bonds of friendship. I liked that the ending wasn't completely resolved, but it still made me feel good about what happened. I think the idea of acceptance of people no matter their quirks is very important, and I think it was handled really well in this book. Overall, I ended up enjoying the book a lot. That surprised me when I considered how I felt in the beginning. I think that girls will really enjoy the "girl power" in this book, and hopefully it can help them feel better about loving themselves as they are. So over all, I give this book the thumbs up. Galley provided by publisher for review.
jfatheree More than 1 year ago
My family enjoyed every single page of this book. It is a fun read, and one that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds amazimgly awesome. I am what you would call a " book worm ". Im thinking about getting this book. These girls sound like they are some pretty good trouble. Like DRAMA trouble. If the other girls take out thheir claws than they will be some major compotition at the talent show. This can also be a real life problem. To give you my advice you might want to get this book.PEACE OUT! #LittleNinja
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave it a three because the book really went into me. I know how she feels, that happen to me once, then I had two friends who approached me and said,"Hi" and that's when we started being friends with a simple "Hi."
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Hello, my name is Anne Marie Laughter and I am an agony aunt ,I can answer any questions you have from boys , puberty,friend drama anything!!! See I need to branch out otherwise my magazine that I made with my friends with shut down my column. SO PLEASE!!! Ask for Anne Marie if you need any advice ,from one of the best. Oh and great book very refreshing. P.S Laughter is my real last name ,I know it sounds fake but I think it is absolutemua adorable. (That is the french way to say absolutely haha)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuckie Upkins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sound good cant wait to reasd it
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