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The Dirt Diary
The Dirt Diary | Anna Staniszewski
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Eighth grade never smelled so bad Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation. But Rachel picks up more than smelly socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty... "Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end." Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers
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SiameseCatsRead
The Dirt Diary | Anna Staniszewski
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Mehso-so

Rachel's parents have separated, sending her father to Florida. Rachel goes to many lengths in order to see him and force her parents to get back together. Her wishful thinking leads her to some comical situations, but more often to situations where she doesn't choose to do the right thing and suffers the consequences. It was an ok book. This book would appeal to middle grade students.

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The Dirt Diary | Anna Staniszewski
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You really have to be a YA lover to get through this one as an adult. Being a certified LMS, I could see upper elementary and middle school kids being into the book. I'm about halfway done, and have come to realize I need to read this book with the eyes of a teacher/LMS.