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Dear Dumb Diary Year Two #1: School.…

Dear Dumb Diary Year Two #1: School. Hasn't This Gone on Long Enough?

by Jim Benton

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Jamie Kelly is a seventh grader at Mackerel Middle School. Her friend is Isabella, a smart and very rough little girl. Angeline is the popular girl who gets all the attention. Jamie and Angeline are sort of cousins because Angeline's uncle married Jamie's aunt therefore they are somewhat friends. In this diary of Jamie Kelly, Jamie writes about how she struggles with math class and her grades. In order for this to be prevented, Isabella is paid ten dollars by Jamie's parents to find a way to motivate Jamie in doing better at school. Isabella makes Angeline look smarter and better than Jamie to make Jamie jealous so that she will work harder. In the end it all worked out, they confessed to Jamie, and Jamie got a good grade in math class.
I knew that I would love this book very much because I have already read the first series. I am so glad Jim Benton is beginning another series because I cannot get enough of Jamie Kelly. I look forward to reading more of year two. Not only was this book funny, but it was also entertaining. I also loved how this book was not like others, it was a book written in purple ink with fantasy type words and it looked like an actual seventh grade girl diary. It was an amazing read! ( )
  tanniciaF.B4 | May 29, 2014 |
This was very funny! It dealt with school issues in a non-cliché laughable manner. I really enjoyed it, and will soon read more from the series. ( )
  pathogenik | Mar 2, 2014 |
Jamie Kelly is a middle schooler who does not like math and is tired of school. In this addition to the Dumb Diary Series, readers find out about Jamie’s struggle to do well in math. Despite her parent’s warnings and her friend’s help Jamie does not understand why anyone needs to do well in math class, shouldn’t being smart in language arts be good enough? The story is told through daily diary entries over the course of one month. The text is written causally with frequent jokes and references to bathroom humor that middle schoolers are likely to find humorous. Small, black and white illustrations are included in every entry that offer humorous asides to the narrative. As the main character is a middle school girl, the primary audience for this book will be young girls. Common themes include being smart, looking cool, talking to cute boys, making friends, taking tests, summer school, and fighting with parents. Additionally, this book effectively incorporates new vocabulary words, both useful and humorous, that mesh well in the narrative. This book is recommended for purchase as a transitional chapter book or a hi-lo reader in a public or school library. (Ages 8-12) ( )
  alyssakimpisarski | Nov 29, 2013 |
Reading someone's diary is an invasion of privacy. You must avoid the temptation at all costs. You wouldn't like it if someone read your private words and thoughts. Jamie Kelly let's readers know right away that she will know if they've flipped through the pages of her diary. She considers herself to be a smart girl, even a genius. Jamie likes to share thoughts on how she hates math. She doesn't like how math always seems to have issues to be solved and it causes her to make hideous math faces. Jamie's parents are aware that she is having trouble with math. Jamie's friend Isabella is good at math. Isabella will help Jamie with her math, and in exchange Jamie will help Isabella with language arts. Which by the way, is Jamie's favorite subject. Jamie has the same issues as any other middle grade student you would know. She has funny things to say about her teachers and her diary shows readers in drawings and quirky notes and scribbles. And just like any other middle grader Jamie has problems with the schools beauty queen. Her name is Angeline and she even makes dorky look adorable. The thing that really irritates Jamie is that according to Isabella, Angeline is really smart with or without the glasses. Jamie has lots of worries and issues, but her real dilemma begins when Isabella and Angeline talk about spending the summer in the soon to be built pool that will be ready for the summer at Isabella's. Jamie could be in summer school if she doesn't find a way to conquer her math issues. Middle grade readers will love the quirky antics and rants by Jamie as she muttles through and tries to find her way day by day. Hilarious illustrations show readers exactly what she is thinking and feeling. Benton does an excellent job of placing readers into the life and mind of a middle grade girl. Benton's tales from Mackerel Middle School will have readers anxiously following Jamie as she makes her way through her vicarious life. The back of the book has a quiz asking readers if they are vocabulicious. This series is great for getting kids engaged in reading. ( )
  KristiBernard | Apr 18, 2012 |
  4a2012 | Mar 5, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545377617, Paperback)

Bestselling author Jim Benton is back, with a brand-new spin on a favorite series!

Dear Dumb Diary is a hilarious hit! Now after 12 books (each covering a month of her life), Jamie Kelly's upcoming diaries have a fresh look and a fun twist. It's Dear Dumb Diary: Year Two! The diary entries are still laugh-out-loud funny -- but this is a whole new beginning. Everything is another year dumber!

As Jamie grapples with school, grades, and middle school's Big Questions, don't miss even more of her words of wisdom like, "If someone is really, really intelligent, it would be polite if they would ugly it up a bit before they left the house."

(Jamie STILL has no idea that anybody is reading her diary. So please, please, please don't tell her.)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:48 -0400)

Jamie's struggles continue with school issues and grades, especially in math, as she ponders life's big questions.

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