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

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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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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,
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
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
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
Feb 11, 2011 Jenne rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
I liked it, but it's hard to read the cursive.
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
Henry Acosta
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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
Leigh Collazo
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
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
The Reading Countess
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
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
Jacob Combs
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
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
Edward Creter
Lydia and Julie are BFFs for life...and they tend to stay that way. But in this one, Lyds is made to head for England with mom, while Jules has to stay with her gay dads and make new friends with the Bichon Girl Clique, a seemingly caring bunch of girls. I love this series already and look forward to more.It's easily comarable to other Diary seeries for kids (Wimpy Kids are my fave of all time, yet this series captures my heart always!). GET YOUR BICHON!!!!!
I felt that the lessons of this book were not as nuanced as the first, and I didn't get to see as much of the relationships between the characters. Part of this was because Julie and Lydia were apart from each other, but they were in touch so the author could've shown more of the dynamic between them. Even the secondary relationships just weren't quite there - we didn't see as much of Julie's relationship with her dads, or Lydia's with her sister Melody.
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
The second book in The Popularity Papers series, this was just as wonderful, fun-filled, and funny as the first! I was so happy to be meeting with Lydia and Julie again when I got my hands on this! This time, the girls are split up, as Lydia moves across the country for a full six months. Julie has to start out Junior High on her own, and she finds that the ultimate goal of Popularity isn't at all what she'd thought it would be like. At the same time, Lydia is taking care of bullies over in Engl ...more
Abigail Beckwith
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
I think this is a brilliant and fascinating,in the end it feels like you just want to read the next book in the series,like you want to continue reading to see what will happen
I especially like this book because this book entertains you when you are bored or when you feel sad that your friend needs to go to another place and it tells you what Julie did to comfort herself while Lydia is in Britain
My favourite character is Julie because I like how Julie was alert that the popular group she was in
Dec 03, 2013 Leilah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Teresa Scherping
I liked this one just as much as the first one! I liked that the girls still haven't figured out this popularity thing and whether it's good or bad. I would definitely keep reading these! Also, Papa Dad is still the best.
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
Tracy Reichmuth

A hilarious book for all young and old girls to enjoy I really really really love the popularity papers. YAY!
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
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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