Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang (Popularity Papers Series #1)

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang (Popularity Papers Series #1)

by Amy Ignatow


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Lydia and Julie are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, and human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey jock, and faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, the harder Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, the farther they get from their goal—and each other. Amy Ignatow understands friendship and the fifth grade, and she knows just how to wring humor out of ordinary and extraordinary moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810997233
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 12/19/2011
Series: Popularity Papers Series , #1
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 177,942
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Amy Ignatow is a cartoonist and a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, and she is very good at peeling oranges. She was in four musicals in high school and employed stealth and her wits to avoid being in any dance numbers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and their cat, Mathilda, who is mostly very terrible.

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Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang (Popularity Papers Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lydia and Julie have been best friends for years, but now that they are coming to the end of fifth grade, they start a dual notebook that will help them to become popular for middle school. They pay attention to the popular girls in their grade and what they wear, what sports they play, and even what boys they have crushes on. As they try and mimic these things, they soon learn what they actually like and what they are just fine with tossing aside. THE POPULARITY PAPERS 1 is the start to a middle grade series with only two books currently out, with a third on the way. What I loved about the book is that both girls write and draw, except Lydia is a bad drawer and writes in cursive, while Julie is an excellent drawer and has dark, bold writing. If you look at the cover - the characters are Julie's drawings. Julie has dark hair, Lydia has blonde. Even though these are aimed at middle grade readers, I think they would be enjoyed by many. They are fun, quick reads with lots of cool drawings and observations about how to live your life and become the "true you," so to speak. Even if that means taking things adults say with a grain of salt! I also loved that Julie has two dads and no mom. I thought this was great for many reasons. One, I think LGBT characters in books are great in general, especially when they are just there and part of normal life. Also, even though I don't read much MG, I haven't read or heard of any other titles that really focus on LGBT characters. Julie loves her dads, calling them Daddy and Papa Dad. They are quirky and fun and serious and just good parents. It's great to see this overall, like I said, but even better to have it in a MG novel where younger kids can learn to accept these things a bit earlier.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang. Julie's dads consider Lydia part of the family. Julie knows all about Lydia's crazy goth sister Melody. Together the girls make a decision to venture into the unknown as they try to crack the mysterious code of popularity in fifth grade. With Lydia acting as chief experimenter and Julie recording their (mixed) results, the girls are confident they will succeed where others have failed. The only problems: Lydia winds up with a bald spot early on, Julie unexpectedly becomes the object of Roland Asbjørnsen's affections, all of their parents are mad (a lot). Worse, the more Julie and Lydia learn about the popular girls, the farther apart they seem to grow. Lydia and Julie might be on the verge of being popular, but they're both starting to wonder if their friendship will survive in The Popularity Papers (2010) by Amy Ignatow. The Popularity Papers is Ignatow's first novel as well as the first book about the ongoing adventures of Lydia and Julie. Ignatow expertly combines drawings and handwritten notes and observations to create a book with a mixed-media feel as the girls pass letters, notes, and the book itself back and forth to tell their story. By combining the girls' exchanges with first-person accounts from both Lydia and Julie, Ignatow makes sure the concept behind her fun plot never becomes overdone. The Popularity Papers is also funny, plain and simple. Filled with clever jokes and entertaining illustrations, this is a smart book that will appeal to readers young and old (provided they can get past the youngish-looking cover). A great choice for anyone looking for a laugh The Popularity Papers also houses my favorite ever love poem, a funny re-writing of a popular movie song, and possibly the best illustration of Thor of all time. Possible Pairings: Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova, Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, Alice, I Think by Susany Juby, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey- Bob here! I read my friend's book at school, I thought it was great! I recommend this book for pre-teens. If you're an advanced 3rd grader like me, it is a good read for you also. ---Bob
sk8rgirlz More than 1 year ago
PPPLLLZZZ RRREEEAAADDD!!!!! Popularity papers is about two girls trying to get popular so they "spy" on the popular girls to see what they do, and they do the same thing as the popular girls to be popular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book to someone that LOVES dork diaries
merri More than 1 year ago
I loved it .On April Vacation I had bought it and read it in less than a day.It was funny and quick to read.
gracy828 More than 1 year ago
i really recommend this book. IT IS SO FUN!! I LUV IT!! IT IS ALSO VERY FUN TO READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the first book??? Please answer!! -Order Help
MShell More than 1 year ago
Best friends Lydia and Julie start a journal as they begin fifth grade with the intention of understanding and improving their popularity by the time they enter junior high. The girls write and illustrate their thoughts and observations of classmates while the drama of their friendship makes this a page turner. Throughout the story the girls make new friends, pursue new interests, and appreciate their families. The unusual format uses various large handwritten fonts in multiple colors with color pencil drawings throughout to give it the appearance of an actual journal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love reading Dork diaries, this could be a book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so good! Can not wait to read the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I recomend this for 4th grde and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is so cute and funny. I was really into it. I would definetly recomend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it i thought this was an oustanding book with great pottential. All of the series are great, I all so think that this story canbe related by girls all over the world 10-14. I would recamend this book to a friend, seeing that this book is all ready read by many of my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate this book five stars. I guarantee u guyz I am NOT the publisher but I am telling you THE BOOK ROX ROX ROX!!!!! SOOOO FUNNY GET IT NOW!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It tells you what happens when your a nobody and how to deal with it. It is like real life a lot with the details, the weird people, and the populars. I think this book would be good if you are picked on from ages 9-13. I think everyone should read this! -Young Mind Reporter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a goo book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!You should totally get it.I read it in aabout 30 min and read it over and over because it was so great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to get so vad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going 2 try this book, well 4 2 resons 1 because every1 in the 4th grade @ my school has read it 2 I read this girls report on this and it was realy helpful because it said that if u r an advanced 3rd grader that u should read this book well that works out for me because I am a 4th grader. I hope this helps u.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book definitley read the whole series. It was fun and I wasntbstressed to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has just what a 12 year olds life in it... i couldn't set it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at a libary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good and it is great for every girl to have if their friend is moving across the country.But over all GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
skd25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think it is a very good book because kids in the 4th,5th and maybe even 6th grade can relate to it.