Bibliographic Information: Russel, Rachel R. Dork Diaries. New York: Aladdin, 2009. Print.
Brief Annotation: This is a story about Nikki Maxwell. She is starting at a new school, and through her journal, tells stories about her not-so-fabulous life. Readers can sympathize with her as she struggles to fit in and finds herself in some awkward situations.
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Grade Level: 4-6
Readers who will like this: Girls who can relate to trying to fit in. Girls who enjoy humorous reads.
Rating/Response: 3 This book is fantastic because elementary students really enjoy it. I, however, was not totally impressed. The language is very casual so it does not model the impressive writing abilities that other books do so well.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is the biggest struggle you have experienced when trying to fit in.
Reading Strategy: Free Choice Chapter book
Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great choice for girls who do not enjoy reading. There is not a lot to learn from it, but it is an engaging book.
Posted by: Emily Busch