Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters

Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters


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Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters by Angie Spady, Channing Everidge

Meet, Catie Conrad - a typical Christian tween with, oh, the weight of the world on her shoulders. And if it isn’t bad enough that no one seems to understand the social pressures of being the greatest at everything, donning the latest fashions, and carrying the trendiest technology, Catie’s dad is about to uproot her and her family to an Indian reservation during spring break for his job. Throw in a school dance, a major art contest, and an arch nemesis known only as Miranda Maroni and there’s bound to be an epic meltdown of biblical proportions. Or, maybe not…

Finally a voice in the tween genre that is relatable and no less humorous for girls aged 9 to 12 by author Angie Spady. The first book in a new series titled Desperate Diva Diaries, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters chronicles both the small triumphs and general mishaps of sixth-grade Christian want-to-be diva, Catie Conrad. While her Christian journalist father is often a co-conspirator to making Catie’s life interesting with mission trips and church projects, Catie never ceases to realize God’s hand in all situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433684609
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Series: Desperate Diva Diaries Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 813,626
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Angie Spady is an award-winning educator and curriculum author who resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband Steve and two daughters. She is the author of the popular Channing O’Banning series and notable speaker on the topic of art as a form of self-expression among elementary school children. Her innovative teaching strategies have been featured on PBS and other local media across the U.S. Her passion is to address the desperate need for good reading materials that both promote self-expression in young children and aims to challenge kids creatively and intellectually.

Channing Everidge is a high school senior, children’s book illustrator, and daughter to award-winning author Angie Spady. She currently resides in Kentucky where she is a member of Hindman Student Ministries and where she is president of the Art and Cultural Enrichment Club at her school. A Governor Scholar of Kentucky, Channing excels in academics and has won numerous state awards in the arts and humanities category. Honored to join the B&H Kids family, Desperate Diva Diaries is Channing’s first illustrated book series, designed to reach young kids for the glory of Christ.

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Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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GHott More than 1 year ago
When Catie Conrad asked her father to pick her up sketchbooks while he was out she should have known he’d get the wrong thing. But he’s a journalist, for goodness sakes, he should be able to tell a sketchbook from a dairy! Maybe Catie can use these diaries to keep her prayer list… to remember who to pray for, and why. That wouldn’t make it a diary, would it? Hott Review: As my tween niece would say – Adorbs! What I liked: ‘Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters’ is a perfect tween read! There are several things that I loved: It’s laid out as a series of diary entries. Which means, short chapters for reluctant readers. It’s got plenty of stories about what they’re currently going through – even the school projects are right on target! The book is riddled with fashion designs and examples that all tweens will adore and that makes it MUCH easier for reluctant readers to enjoy. Every entry is a cute story with a plan on how to deal with it and sometimes, a what not to do. ;) The entire book reinforces a need for God in our daily life and in every situation. What I didn’t like: I’m surrounded by tweens ;O (Not all my own) and they all want to read this — both the avid & reluctant readers — so either I’m going to need to get more copies or we’re going to need to teach them to share again… More… Author: Angie Spady, Channing Everidge (Ills) Source: Shelton Interactive (Publicist) Grade: A Ages: 9-14 Setting: Middle School! (6th Grade) Series: Desperate Diva Diaries, #1
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries, comes a great alternative for girls in Middle School who want something with a spiritual message tucked inside. The Diva Diaries from author Angie Spady is just for girls who can relate to the things Catie Conrad has to deal with in going to Middle School. Her father supplied her with three journals, which he hopes she will find the love of writing her thoughts in them as much as he enjoyed writing for the newspaper, but Catie was hoping that he might have found a least a good zit zapper instead. However she finds that writing down what she is going through in school might not be so bad. Her best friend is Sophie, who is always looking out for her best interests and keeps her on the spiritual path while the two dream up spa inspired recipes for body lotion and bubble bath when they have sleepovers. Catie is challenged to get along with her younger brother, Jeremy, whom she lovingly refers to as the "Germ." He has a pet skunk as a pet named Rosie he doesn't go anywhere without. Her nemesis in school is Miranda Maroni, who is the ultimate popular girl in school who has everything going for her including the same interest in Josh Henderson, the boy both girls are hoping will ask them to the upcoming dance. Catie dreams of one day becoming a big name fashionista and shares her ideas in her diary along with all her frustrations only a teenager girl would understand. I received The Diva Diaries-Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters by Angie Spady and illustrated by Channing Everidge compliments of Shelton Interactive and B and H Publishing Group for my honest review. In exchange for a free copy of the book, I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I only wish I had a book like this when I was younger. It reminded me of Beverly Clearly and the books about Ramona and Beezus, but this one has an uplifting message inside. While Catie struggles to put her faith in action, she remembers why it is necessary to pray for others and even serve in the mission field. It helps her understand how things like what dress you will get for the dance or even buying the latest smart phone relates in the bigger scheme of life. I can't wait to pick this entire series as it becomes available for my niece whom I know will absolutely LOVE this one as much as I did. Hands down a 5 out of 5 perfect stars!
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read something outside my typical norm and am so glad I decided to read this one! "Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters" is a great read for middle school girls! It is not only hilarious, but girls will easily be able to relate to the frustrations of Catie. She’s real with her emotions when writing them down in her diary. The drawings were definitely an added bonus to the story. I love Catie’s creativity in designing different clothes. It was even cooler to see her actually make them! Another added bonus to this story was the strong spiritual message. Catie had real struggles, but yet she did her best to bring it to God in prayer (despite if she didn’t like the person/situation). I also loved how she tried to remember Bible verses to help her through things. "Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters" is a perfect book for middle school girls who can read about someone they can not only relate too, but also see an example of serving/living for Jesus in everyday life! *(I received this book from B&H Kids Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
SalinaG More than 1 year ago
After reading and reviewing Angie Spady’s first book series, Channing O’Banning, I was very excited to discover she had written another series called The (Desperate) Diva Diaries. I was even more blown away when I found out this series was written from the perspective of young tween, Catie Conrad, who in the midst of all her pre-teen angst, still chooses to keep God front and center. Catie Conrad is a young girl who like most, loves fashion. The big difference is that Catie is actually quite good at designing, sketching and sewing her own designs. Living with her parents and younger brother, Jeremy, who she calls “The Germ,” she spends all her spare time creating the latest, greatest fashions, knowing she will one day have her own clothing line. Written in the form of a dairy, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disaster is the Christian book series answer to the popular books, Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Catie is no wimp though, just an ordinary girl trying to survive middle school with the help of her best friend Sophie, family and God. This book didn’t just meet my expectations, it blew them away. I was immensely pleased with how Catie tackled her daily problems with prayer, Bible verses, and laughter. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I’ve finally found a book series I can introduce to my nine year old niece Sarah without worrying over what she might be exposed to. Author Angie Spady has a hit on her hands with Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters and I can’t wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is a fan of the Dork Diaries and I'd heard this series was a little less "bratty," but still relatable.  I agree.  I was also delighted to find my 11 year old loved it and has already asked when the second one comes out. It's a great choice for tween girls  and we parents can rest easy on this series. It's hilarious and yet teaches tweens a lesson in kindness. Well done.