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Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After

Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After

Spring 2015 Audio Book
Ages: 9 - 13 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99

The popular Dork Diaries series returns for an eighth installment, and once again shines a spotlight on the ups and downs of its middle school heroine, Nikki Maxwell. While each of the previous books has its charms-humor, the awkwardness of early adolescence, young crushes-this volume adds fairy tale allusions into the mix. It all starts on, appropriately enough, April Fool's Day. A panicked Nikki rushes around, late for school (shades of Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit), thanks to pesky little sister Brianna. To add insult to injury, Brianna's peanut-butter-and-pickle sandwich ends up all over the sweater Nikki saved up for two months to buy. Just when she thinks her day can't get any worse, a bump on the head in dodgeball sends her into the world of classic fairy tales. Just as when Dorothy suffers a similar injury in The Wizard of Oz, Nikki sees her friends (and arch-enemy Mackenzie) as other characters in the dream world-Munchkins and witches included. Fans of classic tales will get a kick out of the way familiar story elements are reimagined for the series. For example, Brianna is, ironically, her big sister's Fairy Godmother. Jenni Barber, a Broadway actress who lists the role of Glinda in Wicked among her credits, captures the teen voices in an engaging way. While the audio version naturally lacks the comic-strip-style illustrations that figure so prominently in the written text, it still makes for an entertaining story.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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