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Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries #4)

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,951 Ratings  ·  560 Reviews
In the fourth book of the New York Times bestselling series that’s as popular as it is dorky, Nikki Maxwell is determined to help out her crush!

Nikki Maxwell isn’t at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He’s such a sweet guy—of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in da
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Aladdin (first published 2012)
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Rebecca It's okay. It's pretty much like the rest of the series.
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Theresa ♫
Jul 28, 2012 Theresa ♫ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for the girly version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Recommended to Theresa ♫ by: NOBODY. I had to find out about the 4th book ALL BY MYSELF!

Wait, wait, wait.

So . . . I was at the store . . . just browsing through the books that they had . . . and I stumbled across a bunch of copies of this book . . . and my first reaction was:


NO ONE TOLD ME THIS! Absolutely no one. When I finished the first book, no one said, "Hey Theresa, there's a 4th book, you know."

AND WHY NOT?! I should know about this! I mean . . . I am a

Dec 30, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this book. It is my favorite one so far in the series, but there were a few things I would have changed. It had the best plot out of all of them currently published that I have read, however it was a little predictable. It was fun to read and I couldn't put it down, and I am glad I bought it. I will probably read it again and it is fun if you're looking for a quick read. I would say it is the girl-version of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and much more enjoyable for me and the illustrat ...more
Lai Valenzuela
Jun 18, 2012 Lai Valenzuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Description:

Nikki Maxwell isn't at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He's such a sweet guy - of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, and Nikki knows she can't let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open more important than ever. So Nikki and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter an ice skating comp
Mariela Romero
Jan 20, 2014 Mariela Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was funny of how girly the characters sounded. The genre of this book is fiction. I really liked how Nikki was willing to do anything for her crush, Brandon. I thought it was cute.

Nikki and her friends were going to do make a performance for a charity to win ten thousand dollars, but they didn't know who they could sponsor. Their routine was fine, just that Nikki wasn't such a good skater and they fact that they couldn't find someone to sponsor was a bit more worse. But thing
Sep 16, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
While the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is by far the most popular series in my school library, Dork Diaries is also very popular. I must confess that I find Dork Diaries more enjoyable. Maybe it's because I don't find Greg very likeable, maybe because I can relate to a girl main character better. But I think that it is most likely because Nikki personifies so well the dramas of middle school. I have to laugh at how horrified she becomes at things that I no longer would even blink at, but which re ...more
Summer Trahan

How do I read it on here?? HELP
Nora L
Mar 24, 2016 Nora L rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this realistic fiction book we follow Nikki, a dork as she travels throughout the social network of cliques, trends and gossip. The Ice-Skate-a-Thon is coming up, a charity event held by her school, and Nikki and her friends are getting ready. There is one problem though, Nikki doesn't know how to skate! Will she and her friends ever overcome these obstacles, or will their sponsor, Furry Friends go belly up? And finally, will Nikki and her crush Brandon be separated by classic mean girl Macke ...more
Chloe Resendez
Oct 25, 2015 Chloe Resendez rated it it was amazing
So far, this book has been the most emotional. It is just sad to see Nikki all stressed out about ice skating, and it doesn't help that Mackenzie is there to put her into even more stress. Although, the book does end in a really good ending. I cannot wait to see what happens next!!
May 19, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was super adorable!!! I liked it a lot!!! Very humorous, cute, and happy!!! I have not read any of the other books like this, but I really like it, and hope to read more in the future!!! It's very similar to Dear Dumb Diary books, and is like the female version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I think that these books have less pictures and are pretty thick... A lot longer it seems, but worth the time to read it:):):)
My little sister got this book and I read it just because. I have to tell you, it was PERFECT for someone her age (8-11) but it was a little bit annoying for me. I liked the drawings though!

The book that I read had this title: Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
Sep 10, 2014 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book four of the Dork Diaries series- Nikki's on a skating competition. Mackenzie tries to sabotage... It's interesting... Just very girly.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 15, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Nikki's school, Westchester Country Day, is studying ice skating in gym so that students can participate in the Holiday on Ice charity show. Nikki signs up with her friends Chloe and Zoey in hopes that they can beat the awful MacKenzie. The only problem? Nikki can't skate. This is an even bigger problem when she chooses Fuzzy Friends as her charity-- and her crush Brandon has a big stake in that, because it is run by his grandparents, and if the animal shelter has to close, he might have to move ...more
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
I have eagerly been awaiting for a chance to read the fourth instalment in the Dork Diaries series, Skating Sensation. When I saw it at the library I didn't hesitate to take it out, and once I got home I immediately began reading it and finished it in a few hours. I absolutely loved it and once again Rachel managed to write a charming, hilarious novel that I'm sure will be loved by many, including me.

In the latest instalment of fourteen year old Nikki Maxwell's interesting life, her and her two
Oct 08, 2012 Brooklyn rated it it was amazing

The book Dork Diaries Tales from a Not- So- Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell is about an 8th grade girl named Nikki. She is a girl that doesn’t have very many friends and is embarrassed by her dad who is an exterminator. In this book of the series Nikki is finally getting close to her crush, Brandon. The holiday on ice show is getting ready to start. It is a charity show to raise money. When the pet store Brandon volunteers at is closing down due to money issues, Nikki decides to g
Aug 02, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-it, read-in-2013
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Dork Dairies. I read almost all of them. This is one of my favourites. When will Nikki and Brandon get together?????

This book is full of drama and fun just like all the other Dork Dairies. I love those heart stopping moments Dork Dairies gave me. And there is many of those heart stopping moments in this book. I like excitement and thrill so whenever something terrible happened to Nikki, I'm anxious to see what's going to happen or whenever Mackenzie set Nikki up again.

Meredith W.
Nov 16, 2012 Meredith W. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was totally awesome and hiliarious! It is about a girl named Nikki who is totally a dork. There is an ice-skating contest and Nikki signs up to try and save a business where a boy named Brandon works, who she totally likes. The business is called Fuzzy Friends and she is doing this so Brandon won't have to move.

The only problem is that she doesn't even know how to ice skate. Her little sister, Brianna, is annoying, but she kind of helps Nikki at the end of the book. I
Aug 20, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i thought this book was very funny because her best friends were dancing on the ice gracefully while she was a wreck.
Sep 08, 2012 Eden rated it it was amazing
Nikki isn't surprised to learn that Brandon volunteers at an anima shelter and is happy to volunteer with him. But Brandon tells Nikki that the animal shelters is going to have to close down. Nikki wants to do whatever she can to help the shelter stay open, even if it means having to try and skate on ice.

I really love this series - It's so fun and I find myself laughing whenever I read a book in this series. Nikki is just a great character. Sure, she can be a bit dramatic, but she's a really car
Alejandra torres
Jan 22, 2015 Alejandra torres rated it it was amazing
in my opinion,dork diaries(tales from a Not-so talented pop star)is a great,fabulous book because the author Rachel Renee Russell made the book be like yourself , and don't care what people say.i can prove that it's like being yourself and not caring what people say from the text because it say's "OMG!,Mackenzie i can be who ever I want to,
just please leave me alone!" "whateves" Mackenzie responded. I backed it up the text right there. I like the character Nikki because she's herself.I also like
Zainab Mansoor
Jan 22, 2015 Zainab Mansoor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great for a graphic novel. I am not the type who usually likes to read these kind of books, but i decided to give it a try and I actually liked it! The book was about the one and only Nikki Maxwell and her adventure to save an animal shelter from going out of business. She enters in an ice skating show/contest in which she will try to win money for the animals. The shelter is owned by her crush Brandon's family and she is not the only one who is out to save this shelter...MacKenzie ...more
Jenny E.
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samantha zamora

the book was good one thing that was good was that this girl nikki was in the shower and she had a phone call from a guy and he was her friend brandon and her little sister brianna didnt want to give her the phone so nikki put a towel on and then she was coverd in soap stiil but she chassed he sister all around because nikki liked brandon but her little sister was talking about her on the phone and nikki took the phone away and brandon said can u come to my birthday party and the
Emily G.
Apr 06, 2015 Emily G. rated it really liked it
Nikki Maxwell's crush Brandon volunteered at the animal shelter and asked her to help out for a few days because it was going to shut down soon. An ice skating show was coming up at her school, and she wanted to skate with the animal shelter as her sponsor because if she did, the school would donate them money, letting the shelter stay open. She found out that the owners of the shelter were Brandon's grandparents and if the shelter closes, Brandon will have to move away. This made her want to do ...more
Jamie Benjamin
I loved this book! I am not an avid reader, but I really enjoyed this book. I frequently read this series but this book was one of my favorites. Every time I read these books I can imagine every scene like its a movie or television series. I didn't want the book to end!
The book takes place in modern times and references popular thing that teenagers will know about today. The main character explains her middle school experience and all of the people and problems she is faced with. She has a pesk
Sep 23, 2013 Sadiebug rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thaught that this book was good but it was to off topic. it barely talked about the skating and more about the family events. the skating is like a background idea. the title is very misleading.
Joanna Marie
Nov 26, 2015 Joanna Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
because friends help and look out for each other and that's what nikki did :D but she's still annoying for always degrading herself and for being so selfish.

enjoyed reading this one haha.
Karen Arendt
Charming new book in the Dork Diaries series. Full of good friends (and enemies) and one cute boy! Girls will enjoy this installment in the series.
Ayline Hoyos
Oct 04, 2012 Ayline Hoyos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think this book was good and funny. i didnt really know how did nicki get away all those time she had to perform in front of that lady
Salve Duplayna
Jun 03, 2015 Salve Duplayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Nikki finds out that Brandon, her long time crush, works in an animal shelter, she falls for him even more. However, the animal shelter is in trouble of closing due to lack of funding. To impress Brandon and win his heart a little more, Nikki decides to raise money for him. In perfect timing, a skating competition arrives and has a 10,000 dollar cash prize for any charity the winner wants. There's just one problem- Nikki can't skate! To add on, Nikki's rival, Mackenzie, Decides to join in a ...more
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Mackenzie or Nikkie 21 57 Dec 20, 2014 12:04PM  
read it if u love drama....DRAMAISTIC !!!! 2 8 May 06, 2014 04:40PM  
Do you think it took a little longer that about two weeks for the girls to think of their dance, especially because of the minor setback with the costumes? 2 7 Apr 10, 2014 03:02PM  
Skating sensation 5 14 Mar 11, 2014 04:06PM  
fiction 3 18 Mar 11, 2014 02:19PM  
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