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Dear Dumb Diary #03: Am I the Princess or the Frog?by Jim Benton
Synopses & Reviews
Jamie is crushing on Hudson. Someone too-gross-to-be- named is crushing on Jamie. And Hudson is crushing on . . . Princess Turd of Turdsylvania (a.k.a. The Prettiest Girl in the World).
Middle school may be grim, but it's no fairy tale. And crazy doesn't even begin to cover it.
"Dear Dumb Diary,
I got another poem today from You-Know-Who!
'She is the fairest blossom, true,
She blooms in any weather.
But I must love her from afar.
We'll never be together.'
Can you believe the pain he's in? His suffering? The crushing heartache he endures every time he sees me? Gosh, it just makes me so happy!"
ABOUT JIM BENTON:
JIM BENTON is not a middle school girl, but do not hold that against him. He has managed to make a living out of being funny anyway. He is the creator of many licensed properties, some for big kids, some for little kids, and some for grown-ups that, frankly, are probably behaving like little kids. You may already know his properties It's Happy Bunny!, or Just Jimmy, and you are about to get to know Dear Dumb Diary. He's created a kids TV series, designed clothing, and written books. Jim Benton lives in Michigan with his spectacular wife and kids. They do not have a dog, and they especially do not have a vengeful beagle. This is his first series for Scholastic. Jamie Kelly doesn't know who Jim Benton is and wonders why he is even being mentioned in connection with her diary. She also wonders when the poison will take effect and if he is a boy . . . and cute.
After spending six months apart in Book Two, best friends Lydia and Julie are reunited at last! Julie has said good-bye to the mean girls, and Lydia is ready to apply her hard-earned friendship lessons to founding their own crew. But bad news interrupts their reunion: Their friend Sukieand#8217;s mother, ill for many years, has passed away. This shakes Lydia and Julie, who reevaluate their goals and decide to focus more on being supportive of the friends they have. Unfortunately, their well-meaning schemes almost immediately start to go awry, and everyone seems to be mad at them for reasons beyond their control. How can they be better friends when no one seems to want to give them the chance? As always, Lydia and Julieand#8217;s hilarious back-and-forth notes form the backbone of the novel, in which Amy Ignatow reveals all-too-true truths about friendship and loyalty.
Fresh off their epic summer road trip, Lydia and Julie are back and ready to take seventh grade by storm. Well, Lydia is: She wants to start a band, and sheand#8217;s convinced Julie to join her. The Macramand#233; Owls are joined by Roland (expert at the hardingfele) and Jane (expert at drama). None of them, unfortunately, are experts at rocking out. The band needs more practice, but instead Lydia and Julie find themselves riding an unexpected wave of popularity to their own belated birthday party. The girls may have accidentally stumbled upon the secret to popularityand#151;if only the secret werenand#8217;t so completely humiliating. Hilarious, observant, and honest, this installment of the series has all of Amy Ignatowand#8217;s signature charm, while bringing our beloved heroines to a new turning point in their lives.
Praise for The Popularity Papers: Book Five
"Ignatowand#8217;s illustrations (attributed to Julie), humorous comments, and the storyand#8217;s sticky situations make this a gregarious addition to the series."
About the Author
Jim Benton is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of many licensed properties, including the hugely successful It's Happy Bunny. He's created a kids' TV series, designed clothing, and written books, such as the Franny K. Stein series and the bestselling Dear Dumb Diary series. Jim lives in Bloomfield, Michigan with his spectacular wife and kids. Visit him online at www.jimbenton.com and on Twitter at @JimBenton.
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