A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parent need to know that Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe deals with typical middle school issues in the lighthearted, dramatic, and funny way readers expect from this series. Parents should be ready to talk about honesty in friendship, cyberbullying, and typical middle school crush issues.
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What's the story?
Nikki is back in TALES FROM A NOT-SO-SECRET CRUSH CATASTROPHE, and her crush life is heating up with Brandon. But MacKenzie is never far behind, with terrible tricks aimed at ruining Nikki's friendship with Brandon. This time she takes her cruel fun to the internet. While Nikki battles internet trolls, a new school exchange student is making things fun and a tad more difficult than Nikki had hoped. On top of all that, she's got a big secret that may ruin her friends' plans for summer. Gosh, will Nikki overcome all of this D-R-A-M-A, or will she fall flat on her dork bottom?
Is it any good?
Kids who love the Dork Diaries series will love this installment. Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe has all of the characters, funny angst, cool illustrations, and Nikki-related fun that readers have come to expect from the series. The book does a great job focusing on the friendship aspect of young crushes instead of going ultra intense like many other books in this genre. Book 12 shows continued evolution and maturity on Nikki's part, though MacKenzie seems to have forgotten all of the lessons she learned in the last book. Funny and easy to read, this book will delight fans eager to see where the drama with Brandon leads.
Bonuses: Parents and educators will get an opening to talk about cyberbullying, and the series continues to be great for reluctant readers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the cyberbullying in Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe. Have you experienced cyberbullying? What did you do about it, whom did you talk to? Have you seen any news stories about cyberbullying?
In the story, Nikki withholds information from her friends in order to not hurt them. What could she have done instead? How do you handle tough situations with friends?
Do you think Nikki and Brandon's relationship is typical of middle school? What do they get right in their friendship? What could they do better?
- Author: Rachel Renee Russell
- Illustrator: Rachel Renee Russell
- Genre: Friendship
- Topics: Friendship, Middle School, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Aladdin
- Publication date: October 17, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 13
- Number of pages: 272
- Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: February 06, 2020
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