The Dirt Diary

The Dirt Diary

by Anna Staniszewski
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The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski

"I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!"—Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.

Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.

Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.

But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402286377
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 503,469
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Anna Staniszewski lives outside of Boston with her husband and an adorably crazy dog. She was named the Boston Public Library's 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Discovery Award. When she's not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and not cleaning her house. Visit her at annastan.com.

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Dirt Diary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Rachel is a young girl trying to deal with the destruction of the world as she knows it. Her parents split up, she's desperate for money, and now she's started cleaning houses. It wouldn't be so bad if the houses she cleaned didn't belong to the kids she goes to school with. I feel like Rachel's character is very accurate for a girl that is going through all the life changes that she experiences. Like most teens, she is pretty self-centered and mostly concerned with how all these changes affect her own life. Only later does she stop to think about the effects on others. She is an interesting character that many girls will be able to relate to. Her super shy personality is quirky, lovable, and believable. I really liked the idea of her keeping a dirt diary, and I wanted more of the story to center around that. I wanted her to be a bit more devious and put some of the information she collected to use. The snowballing lie story has been done a thousand times before, and it is hard to put a new spin on it. I didn't particularly like that part of the book, mostly because I've seen it so many times already. The best friend that never lies was another cliche that I've seen too much of. However, the book was still a lot of fun to read. Tweens and younger teens especially will enjoy this book. Content: Clean The Cover: I love the cover. It is super cute and promises a light, yet kind of serious story. The title font is really fun!
VBartles More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite Anna Staniszewski book! Rachel's parents are separated, but she's certain she can get them back together if she could just get to Florida to talk to her dad in person. But her mom checks the balance in her college fund every month, so she only has a month to replace the $287.22 she "borrowed" from her account for a plane ticket. Between the money she makes each Saturday as an employee of her mother's new cleaning business, scrubbing the toilets of the most popular kids in the eighth grade, and the money she hopes to win in the school bake sale competition, Rachel's sure she can pay it back before mom notices. But her fabulous desserts keep flopping, and the money she earns cleaning houses isn't adding up fast enough. So when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel's seriously tempted to get her hands dirty. Once again, Staniszewski has created realistic characters that practically leap off the page. I loved Rachel and wanted to step inside the pages to be her friend. Her dessert creations had my mouth watering (I really want some of those recipes!), and my heart ached for Rachel, as she struggled to decide how far she was willing to go to fix her family.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
At its core, The Dirt Diary isn’t so much about a girl collecting sensational dirt on her fellow students, but more a story about her coming to terms with her parents’ separation and finding herself. From the book summary I was expecting a novel filled with juicy secrets, scandalous discoveries, and humiliating revelations that would make it an intriguing story, but at the end of the day – even though it was a good read – it wasn’t nearly as exciting as it promised to be. Nonetheless, I do feel that this is a terrific story for preteen readers as it deals with so many issues younger readers will be able to relate to. None of the characters are noteworthy, but I have to commend the antagonist in this story, Briana, for the creative ways in which she terrorized Rachel, although her shockingly cruel inventiveness is no laughing matter.  The storyline is what redeems this book as it’s all about friendship, taking responsibility, being honest, and learning when to draw the line. It tugged at my heartstrings how Rachel, an extremely shy girl, tried to get her parents back together. Growing up as a child of divorced parents, I understood her need to want her parents to save their marriage. Whether she’s successful or not, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.   This is a short read and one I think will be enjoyed by kids who find themselves in a similar social situation as Rachel. She’s being tormented by one of the popular girls at school, she only has one friend, and her parents are in the process of splitting up – so basically, her life sucks. And if that’s not bad enough, she suffers one embarrassment after the other. One of the things Rachel learns is that every bully has a weakness, and because I feel strongly about children being bullied at school, I appreciate the positive and enlightening message The Dirt Diary offers its readers about accepting the things you cannot change, and changing the things over which you have control. Final verdict: well worth the read!
LoveLifeRead More than 1 year ago
A yummy read with surprising moments, this humorous tale is sure to be a hit. Rachel has a plan--she borrows almost $300 from her college savings account and is on a mission. Her mission seems simple--she wants to get her parents back together. The money is being used to go to Florida where her father has moved. To earn the money back, she must win the baking contest while she also helps her mother in her new business cleaning houses. Little does she realize she will be helping clean the houses of her fellow classmates. During this time she keeps a diary--her dirt diary--of all her secret thoughts and feelings.  Ms. Staniszweski has captured this age perfectly--the awkwardness, the feelings of not fitting and also the interaction between both peers and grownups. Rachel is reluctant for her mom to move on from her dad and I could feel and relate to her pain through her interactions with Mr. Hammond. Laugh out loud moments fill this delightful book and it will leave readers wanting to read more books by Ms. Staniszweski. Be sure to have on hand her My Unfairy Tale Life series too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ths book is really good. Ut had me at the edge of my seat! When yiu think everything is giing to fail everything works out!<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I REALLY want to read the book now after reading all the reviews! Also, if you like adventureous/school problems/family matters, you would like to read all the reviews and say the same thing!!! Although I haven't read the book, I would recomend it to all those people that are like me. Trust me, if you are like me and read all the reviews, you would call this book interesting before you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really recomend you read it!!!
gair More than 1 year ago
I haven't read it yet but my friend is reading it and she says its the best book she has read in years:)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What does it mean dirty diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOSH! This book is like so amazing!!!! I have the others in the series, but I haven't read prank list yet. I hope it's as good as this one and Gossip File, the others in the series. This author has some real talent in delivering funniness, and fun! Great for girls 9-14
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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