Sunday, April 19, 2020

Dorks on Tour! Dork Diaries Tales from a NOT-SO Best Friend Forever by Rachel Renee' Russell

I'm going to have the MOST. EXCITING. SUMMER. EVER!!


Nikki's band, I'm Not Actually Certain Yet, has won the audition to open for the super-popular Bad Boyz for a month-long coast-to-coast tour. They'll fly with the band, rehearse with the band, and stay in posh hotels where the Bad Boyz will be! It's a double-SQUEEEEEE occasion.

What could possibly go wrong?

Enter Nikki's arch-frenemy MacKenzie Hollister, who declares that her "daddy" will buy out the building where Fuzzy Friends
Animal Rescue is located unless Nikki agrees to let her audition with them and the Bad Boyz at least once on the tour. Nikki reluctantly agrees for the sake of the animals, and soon finds that MacKenzie has finagled herself into an internship with the tour and--worst of all--she will be Nikki's roommate for the tour.
I handled this situation in a very MATURE and PRIVATE manner.

I very calmly walked to the nearest restroom. Then I stepped inside the nearest stall.


But the show must go on, in Rachel Renee' Russell's latest installment in her best-selling, Dork Diaries 14: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever (14) (Aladdin Books, 2019). In this entry in her mega-popular middle-reader series, Nikki deals with the warring boy band, who have their own ego clashes, her fatigue from late-night shows and even later flights, dodging flocks of screeching NickChicks, early morning publicity appearances, and the meanest, most slovenly roommate ever. Will Nikki keep her own band working together smoothly while soothing the crotchety boy band member and working out a way to save Fuzzy Friends from the wrecking ball?
Teenage Dream or NIGHTMARE?

In this recent sequel, there's plenty of giggling and niggling among the main characters, with fun quizzes for middle-reader participation and illustrations by Russell's daughter, Nikki Russell, who provides scads of black-line cartoons on most pages, as this newest top-seller continues to make the world safe for DORKS. Middle readers have no complaints about these books except that they read them so fast!

And to do due diligence to dorky guys, Rachel Renee Roberts has a series just for middle-school boys, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Books 1-3: The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1; The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2; The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3.

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