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Rachel Renee Russell Books In Order

Publication Order of Dork Diaries Books

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales From A Not-So-Happily Ever After (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales From A Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales From A Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales From A Not-So-Friendly Frenemy (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dork Diaries Non-Fiction Books

How to Dork Your Diary (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
OMG: All About Me Diary! (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Rachel Renee Russell is the author of the Dork Diaries series, based on her own experiences in middle school as well as partially those of her two daughters Erin and Nikki, who help out writing the books as well as illustrating them, with Erin helping with the writing and Nikki, the younger daughter, helping with the illustrations. She grew up in Saint Joseph, Michigan, the oldest child of five children. Saint Joseph is a relatively small city situated on the shore of Lake Michigan. She has siblings, two younger sisters and two younger brothers that are twins. She wrote the first dork diaries book when she was in the sixth grade as a present to her twin brothers Donney and Ronney on their birthday. She continued writing the books when she was going to go school to become an attorney. She wrote the books while studying and working towards her degree in law and eventually graduated and began working as an attorney in the real world.

The main character in the Dork Diaries series, Nikki Maxwell, is named after her daughter Nikki. Her two daughters Erin And Nikki came out of her marriage to her partner, whom she obtained a divorce from in April of 2009. Rachel Renee Russo was born on December 11, 1945, making her birth sign a Sagittarius. Rachel Renee Russo also enjoys growing purple flowers. She has a pet Yorkie dog who likes to distract her on a daily basis by throwing stuffed animals at her from on top of a computer cabinet while she writes. Rachel Renee Russell currently lives in northern Virginia and says she would consider herself a total Dork.

The Dork Diary Series And Main Character Nikki Maxwell

Since its publication in June of 2009, the first book in the Dork Diaries series has done very well for itself. It has climbed to the top to be number one on the New York Times best selling list. It is published by the company Aladdin Paperbacks and in addition to being printed in the U.S., publishing rights are sold in 32 countries and have been translated into 28 languages. There are now over thirteen million books in the series in print world wide. It is a humorous series of books that are written as well as illustrated by Rachel Renee Russell and her two daughters.

The main character of the Dork Diaries is Nikki Maxwell. She is a regular fourteen year old girl in eighth grade going into middle school at an entirely new school. Nikki is nervous and is still getting used to everything new: her new school, new friends, and the new enemies at school. There’s a mean girl at school named Mackenzie Hollister and not only is she popular and evil, but she doesn’t like Nikki and has labeled her a dork. Nikki documents her days and experiences in her diary about school as well as her life at home with her mom, her dad, and her six year old sister. Nikki writes in her diary and draws little doodles and illustrations, and writes about her secret crush and everything that happens in her life as a dork and a regular teenage girl growing up and experiencing middle school life and drama.

Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life

The first book in the globally popular series follows the main character of Nikki Maxwell, a fourteen year old girl who is starting eighth grade and doing it at a new school to boot. She’s not happy that her father has set up a scholarship for her to go to a private middle school named Westchester Country Day, but she’s going anyway. Nikki sticks out among all the wealthy and designer clothes wearing students. She spends most of her time writing in her diary. The books are written in diary format as though they are the personal journals of Nikki. The diary style book is filled with stories, the personal experiences and recounts of Nikki’s day, and art that includes doodles, illustrations, drawings and comic strips that all tie in and depict the drama of Nikki’s life both in middle school and outside of it.

Nikki puts everything that happens in her life and all her secret thoughts into her diary. These range from meeting new and soon to be best friends Chloe and Zoey, battling with her mom always to get an iPhone, developing a for real crush on the cute Brandon, struggling with the doings of her zany six year old little sister Brianna, and going up against and having to suffer the terrible meetings with the mean girl in school, Mackenzie. Mackenzie labels Nikki as a dork and makes extra efforts to make Nikki’s life miserable. Nikki is making friends though, but when she enters the art show for the school, her enemy Mackenzie is her new competition and is not planning on anything getting in her way. Will Nikki win? Will she triumph over Mackenzie? And will her secret crush notice she’s there?

Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl

The second book in the Dork Diaries series was released June 8, 2010 and Nikki Maxwell is back. She’s hoping that her crush will ask her to the big Halloween dance. Nikki has had a crush on Brandon for a long time. But she’s crestfallen when she overhears accidentally that her nemesis Mackenzie saying that she and Brandon will be attending together. Nikki agrees to serve as part of the clean up committee with her friends Chloe and Zoe and help out at her little sister’s Halloween party for her ballet class.Nikki can’t believe it when Brandon actually isn’t going with Mackenzie and realizes that the mean girl was lying. Will Nikki say yes to Brandon and go to the big dance? Will she have to drop her commitments or can she make it work?

Books Being Made Into A Movie

Rachel Renee Russell’s series Dork Diaries has been optioned for movie rights and acquired by Summit Entertainment, part of Liongate. The producer Karen Rosenfelt is going through negotiations to produce under Sunswept Entertainment. Rosenfelt produced the Twilight saga movies as well as the Percy Jackson movies and “Yogi Bear” with “Marley and Me”. The Dork Diaries series has more than 13 million copies in print and more books on the way. The books are published by Aladdin, part of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing group. The project will be overseen for the studio by Erik Feig, the co-president for Lionsgate Motion Pictures along with Bree Bailey, John Sacchi, and Jessica Switch.

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