Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries #3)

Book 3 of 13 in the Dork Diaries Books Series
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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.927459

Rachel Renee Russell serves up more laughs and adorable illustrations in the next installment of the bestselling DORK DIARIES series.

Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth--that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. The last thing Nikki needs is having her friends and--worst case scenario--her crush, Brandon, associating her with the humongous roach on top of her Dad's van! Now it looks like her secret could be about to come out, and Nikki's willing to go to any zany and wacky length to prevent that from happening. The timing seems perfect when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize. Nikki loves to sing and dance and now she gets to have tons of fun with her friends while competing for a chance to free her Dad from his obligation! (And free herself from all that potential damage to her reputation . . .) Once again, hijinks and misunderstandings aplenty ensue, as well as more hilarious and heartwarming moments with Nikki and her friends.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on June 7, 2011 by Aladdin
ISBN-10: 1442411902
ISBN-13: 9781442411906
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  • bluestar_111
    bluestar_111Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:20 am55 stars
    Best book ever!!! Nikki Maxwell is in a BIG mess. Her sister Brianna tells her to sing in front of everybody at the Queasy Cheesy restaurant...and to Nikki’s horror, her biggest enemy from school, Mackenzie, videotapes her singing! The embarrassing video is soon posted on YouTube (permanently!) and Nikki’s mortified. And to make matters worse, a bill from her private school arrives, and her family can’t pay it...unless she enters the talent competition at school. But she has never liked being the center of attention! Can Niki help earn the money to pay her school’s bills? Read this book to find out.
    • toodorky
      toodorkyMonday, July 13, 2020 at 8:17 am55 stars
      Nikki is in trouble. She can't let anyone know that her dad is an exterminator because that will ruin her reputation. People can't know that she got her scholarship from the extermination company! Now Nikki is going hard to protect her secret after it was almost leaked. Will going at extreme lengths to protect her secret worth it?
      • pinkjanna
        pinkjannaSunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:54 am55 stars
        So weird and dorky but interesting
        • swirlycool
          swirlycoolTuesday, June 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm55 stars
          Mackenzie had recorded Nikki Maxwell and her sister, Brianna, singing at Queesy Cheesy. She had told Nikki that she would post the video on the internet permanently. Nikki did not think she would do that, but she was wrong. Nikki did not want to be in the spotlight this way, however when she has to enter her school's competition for a scholarship, she has no choice. I recommend this book to people who like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, or people who enjoy the other Dork Diaries books. I rate this book 5/5,
          • warriorsgirl11
            warriorsgirl11Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm55 stars
            The timing seems perfect when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize. Nikki loves to sing and dance and now she gets to have tons of fun with her friends while competing for a chance to free her Dad from his obligation! I love music!
            • girlpower4ever
              girlpower4everWednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:19 am55 stars
              In the third book of the globally bestselling "Dork Diaries" series, Nikki Maxwell returns with a crush who might like her back and a wonderful butterfly feeling from the Halloween dance the night before. However, Nikki's life doesn't stay peaceful for long: Brianna drags her to Queasy Cheesy and, to Nikki's horror, forces her to sing the Queasy Cheesy theme song in front of the entire restaurant. Nikki's relieved that at least there's no one she knows in the audience, right? Not a chance. Archnemesis MacKenzie Hollister comes and videotapes her singing, not sparing to mention that she'll post it on YouTube permanently! On top of feeling absolutely humiliated by the amount of attention the video is attracting, Nikki is also freaking out about a tuition bill from her private school that she can't pay. Her only hope may be to win the school talent show and get awarded a scholarship. She thought she was done with stardom ever since that horrible YouTube video, but it'll be a long time until Nikki's out of the spotlight.
              • extrememsb
                extrememsbThursday, May 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm33 stars
                This book is about a girl name Nikki Maxwell. One day, the principal tells her to tell her dad that they have a bug problem. Nikki does not tell her dad because she does not want to be embarrassed by her dad. Later, she gets a tuition fee bill for her school. The only way that she goes to WCD is through a bug extermination contract. In order to keep going to school, she decides to enter a talent show where you can win a scholarship. I really liked this book for the humor and the drama in it.
                • VenellopeTuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:39 pm
                  This book was amazing
                  • ravenclaw12321
                    ravenclaw12321Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:47 am
                    i AM LIKE AN AWESOME FAN OF THIS BOOK
                    • madyson burgessMonday, March 9, 2020 at 10:04 am
                      this is so cool