Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Book 1 of 13 in the Dork Diaries Books Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 7n/a5.429745

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics—and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition.

Nearly 30 million books in print worldwide!

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on June 2, 2009 by Aladdin
ISBN-10: 1416980067
ISBN-13: 9781416980063
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  • toodorky
    toodorkySunday, July 12, 2020 at 10:10 am55 stars
    I recommend this amazing series because it gives you an understanding view of a unpopular girl who has just moved, has a crush, and doesn't have any friends. Throughout the book, Nikki Maxwell discovers many things, like that her enemy, Mackenzie Hollister, has a crush on the same guy as her! How will Niki survive middle, win her school art competition, get a phone, or not, and get her crush to herself?
    • willowfalls
      willowfallsMonday, June 29, 2020 at 1:46 pm55 stars
      this book is really good! I would really recommend it. If you like diary sort of books, this book is for you. Also, this is more of a girls book.
      • Dork Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 8:24 am
        My friend gave me the book and I love it. 😁
        • katefe
          katefeWednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm55 stars
          I love it
          • KateWednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2:16 pm
            This is book is funny and for kids 5 and up. Nikki wants to win an art competition, but her painting gets crushed, will she win, read it to figure out
            • musy
              musySaturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:22 pm55 stars
              I love this book, dork diaries are the best.
              • unicornbrain
                unicornbrainThursday, June 18, 2020 at 9:11 am22 stars
                Wanted to find a book series about girls, not mean girls! Being bullied last year, this book really disappointed me. I have all the first 4 books in the series and plan to read them all. I am glad that I don't have friends like this or that I am like this. This may be real for Nikki and the other girls written in the book, and maybe even some of the other girls reading it. But when you live it, you don't want to read about it, too!
                • hedgeguin2
                  hedgeguin2Friday, June 12, 2020 at 4:48 pm44 stars
                  Dork Diares is a really good series about a girl named Nikki Maxwell, who is starting a new private school. All she wants to do is fit in with the CCP’s (the cute, cool, and popular girls), but it doesn’t work out. The CCP’s leader, Mackenzie Hollister, hates Nikki, and when you add in boy drama, friend feuds, and her weird family to the mix, Nikki has to deal with everything to try and make it through the year. I would recommend this book to kids of any age, because it is different and fun to read a whole story through a diary! :)
                  • galaxyprincess
                    galaxyprincessWednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30 am55 stars
                    I agree. You described the series PERFECTLY!!!
                  • JaleenaWednesday, June 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm
                    it was cool and good
                    • samhita
                      samhitaMonday, June 8, 2020 at 6:50 am44 stars
                      This book is about the time when Nikki a girl just starting middle school has the need to get a phone. She begs her parents for one and ends up with a telephone that you usually find in the street. She was also caught by the fashion police for not wearing a good clothes. What more troubles will come along her way? Read this book to find out!