The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free (Dear Dumb Diary Series #10)

The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free (Dear Dumb Diary Series #10)

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by Jim Benton
     
 

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Bestselling author Jamie Kelly is back with an all-new, all-funny diary! But she has no idea that anybody is reading it. So please, please, please don't tell her.

School's out for the summer, and that means no more Meat Loaf Thursdays, Sunday homework-cramming, or teachers (way way unsuccessfully) trying to act cool. It also means that certain Mackerel Middle

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Bestselling author Jamie Kelly is back with an all-new, all-funny diary! But she has no idea that anybody is reading it. So please, please, please don't tell her.

School's out for the summer, and that means no more Meat Loaf Thursdays, Sunday homework-cramming, or teachers (way way unsuccessfully) trying to act cool. It also means that certain Mackerel Middle Schoolers have a lot of time on their hands . . . and seriously empty pockets.

Isabella is going to change all that. And Jamie and Angeline are going to help --- whether they like it or not. It's the best kind of teamwork: When a whole bunch of people work together to do something wrong, instead of doing it wrong one at a time.

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Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
This issue of Jamie Kelly's diary, complete with drawings, is the middle-schooler's funny narrative of the end of the school year and the first few weeks of summer vacation. She and her friends Angeline and Isabella have been offered an overnight trip to Screamotopia Amusement Park with Jamie's Aunt Carol and Uncle Dan. The catch is that they have to earn the money for the park itself, and they have only three weeks to do it. Angeline is beautiful, sweet-tempered, and smart. And she has gorgeous long blond hair. Naturally, she is not Jamie's favorite person. Isabella, on the other hand, is sneaky, rude, selfish, and downright dangerous. Jamie considers her a best friend. The three girls try a number of money-making projects: a lemonade stand, a car wash, a babysitting service, and sales of unwanted belongings on eBay. Jamie and Angeline work at all these projects, but Isabella creates disaster everywhere. Jamie either ignores or forgives all Isabella's transgressions, though Angeline is not taken in by her tricks. When it's almost time for their amusement park outing, the girls have a total of Angeline secretly plans to sell her hair to earn the money, but when the beautician tells her about an organization that makes wigs for children undergoing medical treatments, she donates it instead. Some days earlier, though, another girl has joined them as Isabella's assistant. When the girls think of starting a dog-walking business, Isabella tells Emmily to do the work. Emmily ends up walking small children instead of dogs, earning a hundred dollars for her efforts. By the end of the diary, the problems are worked out and the girls are going to Screamotopia. The book is part of the "Dear, Dumb Diary" Series. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545116145
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Dear Dumb Diary Series , #10
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
230,849
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Jim Benton is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of many licensed properties, including the hugely successful It's Happy Bunny. He's created a kids' TV series, designed clothing, and written books, such as the Franny K. Stein series and the bestselling Dear Dumb Diary series. Jim lives in Bloomfield, Michigan with his spectacular wife and kids. Visit him online at www.jimbenton.com and on Twitter at @JimBenton.

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Worst Things in Life Are Also Free 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Izzie-K More than 1 year ago
I personally cannot wait to see how the rest of the series turns out. I have found that it is a great series of books that poke fun at the naive ramblings of a teenager. Obviously, it is more or less for people who know better than to call people names and such. It IS a "diary", of course, so naturally these are opinions and not encouragements. Otherwise, it can be very entertaining,funny, and overall a wonderful series. Anyone who may think completely negatively of this book has either never read the whole series, or does not see the point to the satirical writing parodying a regular teen, which is exactly who the main character, Jamie Kelly, is. Also, most adults may not see the point of this book, most likely because they are looking for something educational. Clearly, granny panties scattered on the front lawn, and a girl actually trying to make he pets run away will prove funny for most kids, but most likely not for adults. Toward the end of each book, Jamie Kelly seems to find the good in the person she has been ridiculing,and she changes her mind about them in some way. I can't wai until the next book comes out.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's summer vacation time. No school means time to do whatever, but Jamie Kelly and her friends Isabella and Angeline quickly discover that anything worth doing costs money. It's even more infuriating when grown-ups keep telling them, "The best things in life are free." Yeah, right! Uncle Dan saves the day when he makes a deal with the three girls. He says if they can earn $100 each over the next month, he will take them to the amusement park Screamotopia. How hard can it be to earn a little vacation money? The girls try everything. Their first money-making venture is a lemonade stand. Someone drinks all the profits and all Jamie knows is it wasn't her. Then they try babysitting, car washing, and an eBay auction of all their unwanted treasures. With each new idea the girls have high hopes which are soon dashed to smithereens. By the middle of the month, they've managed to earn a total of $5.50. There is no way they'll be going to Screamotopia this summer. Jim Benton continues his hilarious DEAR DUMB DIARY series with this entry. Thanks to a 5th-grade student, I discovered this series and have laughed hysterically with each book. Readers will have a great time following the adventures of Jamie and her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are the greatest ever... but in the first part when shes says that people should never read somebodys dairy when she says by the power vested in me i allways skip that part because it gets me bored. From: Your biggest fan ever in the whole intire world ever!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ppl who love this sireis that are offened by others who dont, hey, haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate From the song shake it off
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teenage daughter loves this series of books. The main character has such an imaginative, sardonic way of looking at things and that seems to appeal to a tween/teen girl.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter discovered the Dear Dumb Diary series at her school library and LOVES the books. This is another fun book in the series. It's nice to find some comedy in experiencing elementary school life and problems - makes for good parent-daughter reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a funny series. I can't wait to get the next book that was just recently released.
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3DGgirl17 More than 1 year ago
I CANT WAIT FOR ANOTHER ONE!! I WANT IT TO COME OUT TODAY!!!! I LUV THE SERIES AND LUV HOW FUNNY THEY R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Awseome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series of diarie in the titale I love love love the book amazing for kids-adults my aunt got me the first book for my bday and I loved it at school I always check out a book from the series they are good even out of order Bye, Yall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALL RIGHT MAKE MORE BOOKS AND PS I LOVE THE MOVIE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gross, horrfing, and so not worth buying. Sudden even be a zero star its worst that that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When will Jim Benton stop writing these dumb, insulting, inappropriate, gross series? The Dear Dumb Diary series are not appropriate to ANY ONE, either children or adults. I was in complete shock when I read it, especially because of how Jamie makes fun of blonds, her parents, and her best friend. She encourages kids to be bullies, what is terrible. I don't recommend it to any one.