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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 ...

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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?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781423155072
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Series: Nerd Girls Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Go Nerd Girls!

    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!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    NERD ALERT! This Book is too funny!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Bn

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT I COULDNT STOP READING IT its just right for 10-13

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    SO FUNNY! I LOVED NERD GIRLS!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    AWEmazing

    this was by far the best book in THE WORLD!!! i loved it soo much that i would read it again

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Im ten too

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Marlet

    Chuckie Upkins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    He

    Sound good cant wait to reasd it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Good book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    I need that book

    Wow even just reading what it is about makes me want to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Im 11

    Should I get it or not

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Should i?

    I m ten ,is it apportite?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2011

    Hehe

    I liked it but didnt love it........it could have been better

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Pretty Entertaining

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Fun and Entertaining

    My family enjoyed every single page of this book. It is a fun read, and one that I highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    "Mean Girls" for the middle grade set

    Thirteen-year-old Maureen is a self-proclaimed dork. Her hair is brown, her eyes are brown and her body oddly shaped: in her words, she looks like a baked potato. One day Maureen learns that the ThreePees (the pretty, popular and perfect girls) plan to sit next to Allergy Alice at lunch and eat everything Alice is allergic to, hoping for a YouTube worthy explosion. It's then that Maureen decides enough is enough. She forms her own group called the Nerd Girls, and together Maureen, Alice and Beanpole Barbara take it upon themselves to take the ThreePee's down a notch or two. The problem is, the ThreePee's are vicious. The Nerd Girls have their work cut out for them if they think they are going to overthrow this regime.

    In Nerd Girls, Mr. Sitomer gives us a younger version of Mean Girls. There are a lot of situational similarities between this book and that movie, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. Maureen is a funny, self-deprecating narrator, and despite a few minor annoyances, I couldn't help but like her. The "ThreePee's" are vicious, caustic and annoying which is exactly the way I like my "mean girls". Overall, I liked the book for the most part, but it felt recycled, like I'd read it before. It wasn't as fresh as I think it could have been. Still, I think young girls will enjoy it, though it may appeal more to the younger end of the middle-grade spectrum.

    (Review based on an Advance Reader's Copy courtesy of NetGalley)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Cheetahhh

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    True

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    DO YOU NEED ADVICE ?FROM BOYS TO FRIEND DRAMA I CAN HELP

    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)



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