Most Costco locations will carry
all titles in the Dork Diaries
series, including How to Dork
Your Diary, Tales from a Not-So-
Fabulous Life, Tales from a Not-
So-Popular Party Girl and Tales
from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star.
Rachel Renée Russell arts & entertainment Books
is forever trying to fit in at the prestigious middle school she attends on a scholarship. From surviving mean girls to crushes to embarrassing parents, Nikki’s daily struggles will be familiar—and com- forting—to many a reader. Russell says she was able to artfully weave all of the pieces of Nikki’s middle school trials and tribu- lations into a playful tapestry because she was living them with her own teenage girls. “My girls had a really hard time in school,” Russell admits. “Not only were they picked on, but eventually it got physical, and although I tried to work it out with the administrators, I had to step in and put them into a different school. It was a really difficult time for all of us, but I think that’s why I write so well about the drama of being a dork, because we lived through the horror years.” Fortunately, the family drew strength from adversity and today both of her daughters work for Russell. Nikki, an art- ist who studied education, helps with the illustrations, and Erin, who was a creative writing major, works with Russell on the manuscripts. For the foreseeable future, the family will be dorking out in style. Books 1, 2 and 3 have already been published; this fall Russell is putting the finishing touches on book 4; and Simon & Schuster just bought the rights to books 5 and 6. “The Dork Diaries are my ticket to a new life,” says Russell, who now lives in northern Virginia, near her sister. “Just like my character, I am a work in progress. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.” C a illustrations, and Erin, who was a creative s e just bought the rights to e u o n i my r n
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Hope Katz Gibbs is a freelance writer in
Arlington, Virginia, who, despite being
the president of her senior class and cap-
tain of the cheerleaders, was a closet dork.