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The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang (The Popularity Papers #2)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  2,122 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Best friends Julie and Lydia are back in this hilarious sequel to Amy Ignatow's breakout novel!
After spending all of fifth grade studying popularity together, Julie and Lydia are finally ready to put their hard-earned lessons to use in junior high. But before they can, tragedy strikes: Lydia's mom gets a job in London for six whole months! Before Lydia can say "fancy a cu
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Bella Paglia
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Mary Ann
Our students loved, loved, loved The Popularity Papers, by Amy Ignatow - for its humor, its illustrations and its message about friendship. And they were thrilled when I told them a sequel is coming out. So there were many excited kids when I told them that Amy Ignatow is coming to our school to talk with them about The Popularity Papers: Book Two. (yay! I'm doing a little chair dance!!)

Lydia and Julie are all set for Hannibal Hamlin Junior High - they've navigated the friendships of 5th grade,
May 29, 2015 Shacoria rated it liked it
I did not find this book to be as funny as the first book in the series. Also, this book seemed to contain a lot more writing by Lydia than the first book, which I hated, because Lydia has horrible handwriting that is hard to read. I would love to see more writing by Julie and much less writing from Lydia or a change in Lydia's handwriting that makes it easier to read. It's just annoying to have to struggle to actually decipher her terrible handwriting. I enjoyed the Papa Dad and Daddy character ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Jenne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jf
I can't even. SO ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. I have to get the first one right now.
I love everyone in this story ESPECIALLY ROLAND. <3
Jun 05, 2013 Natasha rated it really liked it
I liked it, but it's hard to read the cursive.
Jan 18, 2017 Kourtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This one made me laugh when Lydia's family moves to London for 6 months and she finds out the differences that made me laugh when my husband and I met :)
Sydney Green
Feb 15, 2017 Sydney Green rated it it was amazing
I loved it because it had a lot of cliffhangers and lots of tension.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Lydia's mom has gotten a great job opportunity and will be going off to England with her two daughters, much to their dislike. One of the good things is that it will only be for six months, but that's still six months of middle school away from her best friend, Julie. While in England, Lydia forms a group of friends consisting of some of the kids on the outer fringe of popularity. As for Julie, she makes her way into one of the most popular cliques a
Leigh Collazo
Mar 20, 2011 Leigh Collazo rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Genre: Chick Lit; Humor

Summary: Just before they begin junior high, best friends Lydia and Julie are separated when Lydia's family moves to London for six months. Separated for the first time ever, the girls must face the challenges of new schools alone. Using numerous full-color illustrations, Lydia and Julie's shared journal entries, emails, and IMs tell their story.

The Good: Upper-elementary girls will LOVE the colorful, whimsical drawings and the easy-to-read text. The story has positive mes
The Reading Countess
Apr 13, 2011 The Reading Countess rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, arc
I have a handful of burgeoning readers. I say burgeoning, because they are the ones who are hungry but don't yet have a full place setting at the table. They see their friends change books like...underwear...(yes, I live in a household of boys. What are you going to say about it?)and yet there they sit with a graphic novel in their hand. Chances are, this is the third or fourth go-round with the graphic novel. Sure, they've read "meatier" reads this year, but only because of their teacher's cons ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Lydia and Julie think they have a solid plan for popularity and they shared it in their first book: The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang In that book, the girls made it a project to study the popular girls in their elementary school so that they could understand what to do in middle school to be popular. What sports should they play? What color should their hair be? How should they talk? What shows should they ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Arte rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
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Lydia's mother, Mrs. Goldblatt, has gotten an opportunity to work in England for six months, but this is bad news for Lydia and her best friend, Julie Graham-Chang, two girls who will be starting their first year of junior high. Lydia will have to make completely new friends and survive half a year without her best friend, and Julie will have to use her newfound knowledge of p
Feb 09, 2017 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
This doesn't have much to do with the book, but I want to go to Oxford university in England now that I read this!!
Jacob Combs
Jun 20, 2013 Jacob Combs rated it really liked it
I loved the first book, it was one of my favorites from last year. In book one, best friends Lydia and Julie uncovered the secrets to popularity. Now the two plan to use what they learned in first year of junior high. After Lydia's mom gets a job opportunity in London, the friends are separated. Lydia and Julie continue to journal in their own distinct style to keep in touch.

The two have very different school experiences. One thing they have in common is their struggle to fit in. Lydia befriends
Vien Nguyen
Julie and Lydia are best Friend but Lydia has to go to London because her mom was sent there for a project. Julie was sad to see her go but they promise that they will chat online. After Lydia gone, When school was started, Julie made new friends and they are called the bichons (a very popular group). And Lydia made not so popular group. They chat online almost every day and talk about everything that is happening to them. Julie try out for hockey but she didn't make the team. Lydia try out for ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
This is totally still better than any of the Wimpy Kid books. Bite me, Greg Heffley.

This time, Lydia and Julie are separated when Lydia’s mother takes a temporary job in London, and the journal consists of airmail letters, chat messages and e-mails, as Julie tries to infiltrate the Bichon Frises (the cleverly named group of middle school Mean Girls. And one not-quite-as-mean fashion-obsessed boy.)

Meanwhile, in London, Lydia stands up to a bunch of bullies and gets nicknamed The Violent American
Lydia and Julie are back for a second instalment of their research into how to be popular, but this time they have to research in two different places as Lydia's mother has moved the family to London for six months for a job opportunity. This leaves Julie behind, and a little adrift, especially after she fails to make the field hockey team. Julie is then selected by a popular group of students, the Bichons, to be their new member. Meanwhile, Lydia has decided to adopt the bullied and outcast mem ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Leilah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls aged 9-12
I loved this book,despite it was very easy to read. Lydia and Julie are about to start Hannibal Hamlin Junior High, but Lydia has a shocking suprise. She and her family are moving to London for 6 months! Julie joins the a very snobby group at school called the Bichons. Lydia starts a group called the outcasts in london, but she thinks that she's staying in London because her mum is dating her coach. She has to ruin the play (A Midsummers nights dream) to go back to America.

The book was very easy
Abigail Beckwith
Apr 21, 2011 Abigail Beckwith rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, realistic, humor
Julie and Lydia are best friends who about to enter middle school, and they are determined to enter the year strong and be POPULAR. But when Lydia is sent to England due to her Mom's job, their plan hits a snag. A very sweet, funny read; this book will be best suited for the 10-13 age range. A hybrid novel, the novel is full of color drawings (the goods ones are done by Julie, stick figures by Lydia), emails, and diary entries recounting what happened in their day. The book is about fitting in, ...more
Recommended Ages: grades 4-7

After spending all of fifth grade studying popularity together, Julie and Lydia are finally ready to put their hard-earned lessons to use in junior high. But before they can, tragedy strikes: Lydia's mom gets a job in London for six whole months! Before Lydia can say "fancy a cup of tea?" she's thrust into a new school, where she earns a reputation as "the Violent American." Meanwhile Julie's stuck navigating the cliques of American junior high on her own, where she i
This book is about 2 girls named Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang. They are best friends ready to start junior high. Lydia's mom has a job in London and her and Lydia and Lydia's sister are moving there for 6 months! As more time passes when Lydia's in London, the girls learn how to "survive' different schools without each other. Lydia learns all the different ways to say words in British with her new clique she made called the outcasts, and Julie finds a clique with 8th graders called the ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it
This is the second book about Julie and Lydia, best friends who have a goal. They want to become popular. Now they are heading to 6th grade, middle school. Unfortunately, Lydia is also heading to England for 6 months. This doesn't stop either of them from continuing on their quest to popularity.
The Popularity Papers are written similarly to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but more geared to girls. It is a good book for reluctant readers who like the pictures and short letters back and forth. I recommend i
Jan 25, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
I really like these series. The girls are so silly and sweet, and the small mentions of the parents are refreshing- no talking back kids, or sassy remarks. The parents are treated respectfully and presented more realistically than in other kids' books. I'm glad my daughter, who's eleven, enjoys these books as well. The art work is fun, and the way the kids write and draw back and forth is done very well.

It is a very quick read, though, my daughter read it in a day. So, I got it from the library
Veronica Salle
The popularity papers book#2! Still as entertaining as book#1 ^__^
In this sequel to The Popularity Papers book 1: words of questioned wisdom form Julie and Lydia, Julie and Lydia, even though they are far distant from each other, they continue to communicate with each other via chat and continues recording theire observations. Life in London is recorded by Lydia in which she made new weird but cool friends. Julie on the other side was left alone hanging out with some mean popular girls in school
Abbie fields
Feb 01, 2016 Abbie fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a good book for kids and teens. Too girls, Lydia and Julie are ready to start junior high. They have been best friends as long as they remember. BUT WAIT.....Lydia's mom is moving her family to London for 6 months!!!! This would be their first time separated from each other. On both of the girls journeys in two different places they manage to both face, bullies, popular kids and secrets. To keep in touch they both try and Email each other and help with their problems.
I would r
Nov 02, 2011 Christiane rated it liked it
In this sequel best friends Lydia and Julie face bad news as they are about to start junior high: Lydia's mom is moving her family to London for six months. Alone, both girls have to deal with a new school, new friends, and what it means to be "popular". As in the first book, the story is pretty routine, but the format is clever and engaging, full of drawings, hand-written entries, email exchanges, and comic-book style panels. It is a quick read and will probably appeal to female Diary of A Wimp ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Reader rated it really liked it
Not quite as perfect as its predecessor, this book is still heads and tails better than most of the pseudo-journal titles out there (particularly those starring girls). In this newest adventure, Lydia finds that her family is England-bound for the school year. Julie, meanwhile, is left to fend for herself, and inadvertently ends up adopted as a kind of pet by the most popular clique in school. Saying quite a lot about power and how fear rules middle school, the book makes excellent use of its ko ...more
Adrian Miguel
Dec 15, 2016 Adrian Miguel rated it it was amazing
i think this is an exciting and romantic book.i could ask my classmates to read this story too.
Apr 14, 2015 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was hilarious! I didn't really understand who the characters where until I kinda processed it in my head and I really liked how the author made it a collaborative diary and had them switch by commenting on the others writing and at first I really couldn't read Lydia's cursive handwriting because I can't really read cursive that well but once I continuously read her handwriting, I could read the words but some, like one or two, I had to guess and one of them I had the look up the word because ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
A quick and easy read that would definitely appeal to elementary aged girls and possibly struggling readers. Lydia and her best friend Julie are upset when they learn that Lydia's mom has a new job in London and the family will be leaving for the school year. This book is a conversation between Lydia and Julie via letters and chat/email conversations. I loved all of the visuals and different kinds of text that make the story feel short, to-the-point and interesting. I also enjoyed the take on so ...more
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