You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new, amazing books.
Today’s Readalikes are for the Dork Diaries series. These books follow 8th-grader Nikki Maxwell as she describes her TRAUMATIC move to a snooty new school, her EPIC battle with her mom for an iPhone, and her issues with the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids, especially the SNOBBY Mackenzie.
There are 7 books in the series, but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other funny books about life in school for girls ages 9-12.
- The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
5th grade best friends Lydia and Julie decide to study the popular girls at their school to be better prepared to fit into the popular crowd in middle school. See also the other books in The Popularity Papers series.
- Gossip from the Girls’ Room: A Blogtastic Novel by Rose Cooper
Unpopular 6th-grader Sophia writes an anonymous blog on her middle school’s website, and keeps track of everything she overhears in the girls’ bathroom in her notebook.
- Dear Dumb Diary Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
Jamie Kelly writes in her middle school diary and describes her life at home and school in humorous detail. Only Jamie’s dumb diary understands why Angeline is awful, her mom’s cooking is terrible, and why her little cousin is so annoying! See also the other books in the Dear Dumb Diary series.
- Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
While training her new puppy, 6th-grader Annabelle discovers that many of the same techniques can be used to tame the crazy boys in her middle school.
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Author Raina describes in humorous and heartbreaking detail the traumas she went through in 6th grade before and after getting braces.
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Callie is the set designer for her middle school drama production, but the onstage drama is nothing compared to the offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. When two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
- How I Survived Middle School Can You Get an F in Lunch? by Nancy Krulik
Jenny and Addie have always been best friends, but when Addie decides she wants to join the Pops, the coolest clique in the school, Jenny is worried she may lose her best friend. See also the other books in the How I Survived Middle School series.
- Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm
Ginny can’t wait for 7th grade to end, especially when it involves getting braces, annoying brothers, and losing the lead in the ballet to your ex-best friend. In this story told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a variety of other items, Ginny’s first year of middle school is revealed in gruesome and hilarious detail!
- The Misfits by James Howe
Four unpopular 7th-graders create a “No-Name” party for the student council elections representing all the students that have been picked on and called mean names in school.
- Amelia’s Notebooks by Marissa Moss
Moving away from your best friend isn’t fun, but at least Amelia has her notebook to write about her life as she struggles with friends, school and of course, gossip. See also the other books in the Amelia’s Notebooks series.
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet never goes anywhere without her journal. But when her classmates find her notebook and discover what she really thinks of them, Harriet has some serious explaining to do!
Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!
—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker