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Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang (The Popularity Papers #1)

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Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to de...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Betsy
There are good and bad results that occur when a book like Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits the stratosphere. On the one hand, suddenly publishers are a lot more open-minded about breathing life into books that mix text and images in new and unique ways. The door opens a little wider for unconventional titles that straddle a variety of writing genres and styles and (normally) don't win any literary awards. That's the good. The bad thing is that as a result any book that tries to make any headway in the...more
Pavel Beneš
Jeden z nejkrásnějších letteringů, co jsem kdy dělal! Mrzelo mě, že nejsem holka... (One of the most beautiful lettering I've ever made! I was sorry that I'm not a girl ...)
Carrie
An illustrated journal in the style of Amelia’s Notebook, The Popularity Papers documents Lydia and Julie’s preparations to become popular when they begin middle school. They document and try the activities of the popular girls, like dyeing a streak in their hair, or taking up knitting.

This is the usual unpopular friends try to become popular and grow apart when one of them has success, before realizing they need to be themselves story, but it’s clever and the artwork is excellent, and it’s rea...more
Clarence :P
Jan 31, 2010 Clarence :P rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYBODY (who can read cursive)
Recommended to Clarence :P by: St. Helens Book Shop
I started this book kind of expecting a cheesy kid book, instead, I got a HILARIOUS read that I liked so much it took me a day to read! In "The Popularity Papers" two 5th grade girls, Lydia and Julie, research how you become popular. They do experiments (i.e. dying ahir like a popular girl does, wearing an outfit like a popular girl does, etc.) and make observations and record them in their notebook along with illustrations and side conversations.
On the back it says "For ages 9-13", I disagree-...more
Lauren
Feb 05, 2010 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The Popularity Papers was a charmingly cute read told in diary format by two fifth grade girls- Lydia and Julie.

While Lydia is the out-spoken one who craves to be the center star of everyone's lives (blame the theater geek in her), Julie would just be happy being on the sidelines being the quiet, sullen smart one. Both were fun to read about, even if I did sometimes find it hard to support their quenching desire to be popular. Though, they were fifth graders, so what could you expect? Also they...more
Debbie
Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang have been best friends since they were babies. In their quest to enter middle school as part of the popular crowd, they set out to observe several popular classmates to find out just what makes them popular. They record their observations in a shared notebook. Julie is the more shy member of the pair, but also an artist. Lydia is less afraid to try new things, but sometimes goes a little too far.

As they get to know the popular girls, they start spending les...more
Aeicha
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang is a mouthful of a title, but a bucket full of charm, humor, and heart. Amy Ignatow's quirky diary format style and illustrations combine to make a story about two friends that is worthy of such an impressive title.

Fifth-graders Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are life long best friends who have one mission: become popular. To succeed in their mission they set out...more
Deanna
In a quest for popularity, 5th graders Julie and Lydia decide to record the behavior, dress and activities of those kids who have already acheived the elite status of "popular". The girls keep a co-authored journal including "hand-written" notes in each girls distinctive handwriting and colored illustrations. Julie and Lydia experiment with new wardrobes, hairstyles and participating in different extra-curricular activities. The experiement yields different results for each girl and turns out to...more
Clarissa
So, Daisy (my 7-year-old) picked this one off the shelf. I tend to wonder a bit when a title uses the word "popular" or "popularity" in them. There is just too much junk to fill our kids' minds already, so I read this one over since Daisy really wanted to read it. It was okay. There were moments that made me laugh, but it's because I am a 30-something person who has already gone through some of that angst-ridden, pre-teen stuff. Do I think it was age-appropriate? Not for my 2nd grader. Was it te...more
Tyra Jelly
I have to admit, I sort of only read this book because of the drawings. I think that the other girl with the short brown hair is an artist and I spent so much time trying to copy the drawings. But the book was also good. It was really funny at some points.
Grace
I wish these books had been around when I was younger. The scrapbook style makes it fun to look at and the story is one that most young girls can relate to. My favorite part is how the author does not make a big deal of the fact that one of the characters has two dads. The author chooses not to explain the situation to the audience, and instead allows the readers to understand the situation intuitively, just like a reader would do with a family that had a mom and dad instead. I found this very r...more
M.
Excellent book, diary format written in dialogue form with the two girls differentiated by Lydia’s blue ink cursive and Julie’s black ink printing. Wonderful drawings, highly expressive. Lydia and Julie are 5th graders who want to know what makes the popular girls popular and they decide to research it out. They write out their questions and their findings in a notebook, including drawings that frequently made me laugh. During their year of research, both girls explore new ideas experiences. The...more
Pam
I just finished reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid (and thoroughly enjoyed it) when I happened upon this book @ the store today. I figured I could give it a shot since they seemed pretty similar by outward appearances. now, I don't know if because I'm a girl I enjoyed this one better, or just that it was better.

definitely worth the read- the comedic relief in the book is FANTASTIC, as is the artwork that accompanies the story.
Nancy Jo Lambert
I laughed out loud all through this book! It sounds like 5th grade girls. I loved the two main characters and their personalities. At first the format was challenging, but one I got a few pages in, I loved all the back and forth banter, the funny illustrations, and the silliness that is girl talk. A great recommendation for older elementary readers!
Denise
My daughter really loves these books so she wanted me to try one out. The message of the book was pretty good, though I did not love the path the characters took in some parts. I did like the way it is told through pictures and and as a diary back and forth. My daughter likes practicing reading the cursive sections. :)
Lisa
Feb 08, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: juv
Probably more like a 4-4.5, but just wanted to convey how much I enjoyed this book. It's like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid format of a journal, but it doesn't feel like a knock-off. Great art, humorous, and a message that doesn't feel heavy-handed. I would definitely recommend this one to kids, mostly girls.
Kate
This is a great, fun book - a light & funny look at two fifth grade girls on a mission to discover the secrets of popularity. It's written as a shared notebook, with drawings, notes back & forth between the girls, etc. Great for fans of the WIMPY KID series!
Victoria Star


This is amazing book! I love it so much, my favorite is Julie! If you like reading graphic novels this is the book to read, it has great pictures and a awesome story! Read it today!
Jesse German
This book was so intriguing and fun to read. It is about two girls who want to be popular and have decided to try to examine the popular girls and do experiments to see if they will become popular. It is written in a really neat way: like an actual diary. Each of the main characters have their own writing, one is in cursive and one isn't. I think that this book would be great for upper elementary schoolers and would be very engaging.

I would use this book as a book club series in my future class...more
Teresinha
Veliká legrace! :D Připomíná mi to "dopisovníček", sešit, který jsme měli s kamarádkou na základce a vytvářeli jsme v něm podobné malůvky a důležité poznámky... :D
Kayla
I found this book at my school book fair and I saw it and said "Why not give it a try?" So I brought it and I can honestly say I didn't love it. I expected it to be a super cool book but it kinda let me down. I thought this was going to be set in a high school setting but instead it was set in a fifth-grade setting! Also something else was that Lydia's handwriting was hard to read. I found it very hard to get through certain pages. But we all have different opinions on book so I may not love it...more
Cassandra
I don’t know what led me to pick this book out, but I’m glad I did. It made me smile. :)
Teresa Scherping
Lydia and Julie have a plan. They want to use their last year before junior high to become more popular - but first they have to figure out how. Collaborating on a top secret notebook, the girls will use their unique skills to observe the popular girls at their school and imitate what they do. Many of their experiments do not go the way they planned, and the girls have a year filled with bald spots, accidental crushes, sports injuries, hurt feelings, and knitting disasters. At the end of it, tho...more
Christina G
Two fifth-grade girls record their observations of the popular girls in their class so they can figure out what to wear/do/think in order to become popular themselves.

As an adult, it's easy to trivialize that tween desire to be "popular" - the coolest, most creative adults I know all admit to being at least borderline weirdo freaks in middle school, and we try to look back on those years as good character building. But this book reminds the adult reader (and probably articulates for the young re...more
Henry Acosta
Sep 07, 2011 Henry Acosta added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: great, series, journals
人気の論文:研究の社会的改善と総合改善のために中リディアゴールドブラットやジュリーグラハム-チャン
Ninki No Ronbun: Kenkyu No Shakai-Teki Kaizan To Sogo Kaizen No Tame Ni Naka Ridia Gorudoburatto Ya Juri Gurahamu-Chan

Junie and Lydia are best friends. Julia Graham-Chang is an artistic girl with two dads who loves to wear overalls. Lydia Goldblatt is a daring girl who is willing to try anything in their goal: to find out what makes girls popular. As they try everything in their power, from dyeing heir hair to getting "crushes" on boys, they soon...more
Heather
May 13, 2013 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tween readers
Recommended to Heather by: loryn
Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends researching how to improve upon themselves socially, before entering Junior High. Their plan was to observe the most popular girls of their 5th grade class and record in their journal all the attributes that made them so well-liked. The best friend’s ultimate goal was to mimic those same qualities in order to obtain popularity for themselves and gain access to the in-crowd. They were the test subjects, which resulted in a hairstyle disaster...more
Arminzerella
This is Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang's secret illustrated research journal, which they created in elementary school in order to help them become more popular. They decide to observe (and record their observations) of the popular girls in their school and try to figure out what it is that makes them popular – so that they can emulate their behavior, dress, etc. and become popular themselves.

Some of their conclusions and the ways they go about achieving (well, attempting to achieve, any...more
E. Anderson
The recent trend in middle grade novels rife with interior illustrations doesn’t appear to be going away. And guess what? I’m so totally okay with it! I recently read THE POPULARITY PAPERS: RESEARCH FOR THE SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT AND GENERAL BETTERMENT OF LYDIA GOLDBLATT & JULIE GRAHAM-CHANG, the first in an illustrated middle grade series set up as the journal of the two protagonists, Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang, 5th graders determined to figure out what makes the popular girls popul...more
Mary Ann
I need to be honest. The title of this book - The Popularity Papers - turned me off. I was never, ever, ever close to being popular in elementary school, certainly not in middle school. But my fourth grade daughter took this book off my desk, and has read it, laughed over it, passed it to her older sister, then read it again and again. It's a book that has gone around my elementary school, being passed from one friend to the next. It's a book that speaks to kids, makes them laugh, makes them fee...more
Rachel
Booktalk:
Going from Elementary School to Middle School is a big change. Something happens to a person the first day of seventh grade. You go from ruling the school to being at the bottom of the food chain and that can have an effect on a person. Julie and Lydia, who are best friends, know this, but unlike their fellow sixth graders, they have made plans. They are taking action.
You see, there are a few things that they really want to avoid. Like what happened to Lydia’s older sister, Melodie, for...more
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