Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, No. 4)

Book 4 of 13 in the Dork Diaries Books Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.528373

In the fourth book of the New York Times bestselling series that’s as popular as it is dorky, Nikki Maxwell is determined to help out her crush!

Nikki Maxwell isn’t at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He’s such a sweet guy—of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, and Nikki knows she can’t let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open more important than ever. So Nikki and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter an ice skating competition to help raise money for the shelter, but (big surprise) Mackenzie has to stick her nose in and cause trouble so that she can be the one to swoop in and save the day. No way will Nikki let that happen: She’ll just have to come up with some extra creative ideas this time!

Paperback, 384 pages
Published on July 30, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
ISBN-10: 1471144755
ISBN-13: 9781471144752
317 Book Reviews
  • susredamonguz
    susredamonguz8 months55 stars
    Me and my 1 BFF are both total DORKS and since Niki is based off of Rachel Renee Russell's daughter...I'm pretty shure... I know and fell that I'm not the only DORK in the world,but someone thought sulking was inappropriate so mabe be more descriptive but other than than that 1000000000 stars p.s dorky girl are I
    • foreverregancorn
      foreverregancorn8 months55 stars
      omg love the whole series
      • lavenderlake16
        lavenderlake168 months55 stars
        I love this book sooo much especially when it shows Mckenzie Hollister vibing in her outfit and Nikki's outfit looks oversized! 🤣 Anyways I love the skating competition coz its detailed and fun in my opinion I recommend this because its a good series any you should check it out! - Cloudystar111
        • browneyedgirl
          browneyedgirl9 months55 stars
          Omg! If you're a DORK like me, you will LOVE this book and the whole series of dork diaries!
          • harrypotter1
            harrypotter1about 1 year55 stars
            I loved it
            • starburst114
              starburst114about 1 year55 stars
              great book highly reccomend for 8-12 yr olds ;) love all the dork diaries as well though, wonderful story telling
              • serene_euphoria
                serene_euphoriaover 1 year55 stars
                Love this book! Spoiler alert! My favorite part is when Nikki and her family go watch the Nutcracker and Brianna gets on stage and tries to eat everything! Read it again! NOW!
                • sinsin
                  sinsinover 1 year
                  If you like dork diary's you will love diary of wimpy kid
                  • starlite_safire
                    starlite_safireover 1 year55 stars
                    Cool book I have nearly read all the books I like not so dorky drama queen the most it's great my fav character is Mackenzie!
                    • x_goddess_x
                      x_goddess_xover 1 year44 stars
                      It's time for ice skating, and Nikki's not happy. She's so cruddy on the ice, she can't even stand up! It doesn't help with snobby ice princess Mackenzie Hollister, commenting on Nikki's every move, even offering to get her crutches! Nikki's also trying to help Brandon raise money for Fuzzy Friends, by skating. Chloe and Zoey are helping Nikki, but it's so hard! Victoria Steel, Olympic medalist, is teaching them, and Nikki's trying to avoid her. She's also trying to distract her, so when she falls, she won't see. "Braking her leg", covering it up with duct tape, having Brandon take photos of her, Brianna giving her "Borrowed flowers". It comes the day of the competition, and of course, things go wrong. For instance, their sugar plum costumes are gone! It apparently looks like someone stole it. Someone that wears lip gloss, blond hair extensions . . . Until, Nikki and her BFFs get a note from Victoria, saying they found their costumes, in Area C, locker 17! They rush, and find no costumes! But suddenly, the door slams shut, and footsteps march away. Nikki and her BFFs are trapped, minutes before the show! Nikki and her BFFs decide to call their parents, but their phones are off. But, Nikki has an idea. She let Brianna play on HER phone, and that's why her phone isn't there. So they call, and ring, ring, ring, ring, BRIANNA picks up! Nikki quickly says for Brianna to pass the phone to Brandon, and tries to tell him where they are. But, seconds after, Chloe's battery dies. They wait minutes, and finally . . . BRANDON and BRIANNA unlock the door! Since there are no Sugar Plum costumes, they put on the clown ones, and go to skate. About halfway, Nikki falls, and she feels exhausted, and humiliated. That's when people start laughing! Clown's are supposed to be funny, DUH! And they were clowns, DUH! So, they start doing funky clown moves, and at the end . . . POP! A miniature Brianna comes out of the box! The crowd loves them, and of course. They end up winning! The money goes to Fuzzy Friends. Brandon gives Nikki beautiful roses for helping him, and SQUEEE!! A huge, big, hug!! Nikki's not sure if it's a friend-hug. More than friend hug. Or girlfriend hug. She'll have to find out!! This is a really good book! I totally recommend it!