A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Looks at both sides of bullying and mean-girl behavior when the tables are turned on a mean girl and she experiences bullying at the hands of another.
The Dork Diaries series continues to follow more of a "what not to do" approach to positive messaging. Obvious bad behavior is pointed out and usually punished or at least thwarted.
Positive Role Models
With very little adult presence in the book, students are left to provide role models, and for the most part they rise to the occasion. They find value and strength in friendship.
Violence & Scariness
One character says she'd like to lash out in anger but keeps it to her inner monologue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some simple boy-girl crushing and blushing typical of middle school.
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Mild name-calling: "dork," "loser, " "crazy," "mean girl," and the like.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy is part of the popular illustrated series by author Rachel Renee Russell. It's mainly about surviving mean girls, dealing with popularity, younger sibling issues, and lighthearted middle school worries. This time, eighth-grader Nikki is attending a prestigious private school for a week as part of a student exchange program and is up to her eyeballs in trouble.
Is It Any Good?
An easy read, this installment revisits many of the same themes and situations as previous books. Most fans will be fine with the formula in Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy, but some may wish that author Rachel Rene Russell would develop different types of adventures for Nikki and her friends, such as when she transported them into a fairy tale land in Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After.
The illustrations, as always, are a delightful and whimsical addition to the text, and the series is great for reluctant readers.
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