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The Rise of the Dorkasaurus (The Nerd Girls #1)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, is totally addicted to cupcakes and hot dogs and thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can't touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front of the whole ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Disney-Hyperion
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Maureen is shaped like a baked potato, and eats cookies when stressed. There are three popular girls who are pretty: one is stupid and one is vapid and one is evil.

I couldn't stick with it past the stereotyped characters to find out what the plot might be, although I could guess. It read like the novelization of a Disney Channel movie.

Library copy.
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Am I allowed to say how much I LOVED this book? It was hysterical. Seriously. I snorted many a time while reading.I have to admit that I am a big fan of Alan Sitomer's books. I've read them all. Although he doesn't typically write books that I can relate to personally, my students adore his writing. They really hit home for teens in urban environments. Homeboyz, Hoopster, Hip Hop High School, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez are geared towards older teen readers (high school); but, Nerd G ...more
Get ready to relive middle school while enjoying a riotous romp with the self-proclaimed Nerd Girls, three teens who don't fit into the middle school social sphere. They're what "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" calls cafeteria fringe. Q suffers from allergies that glue her to her inhaler as though it's an extra appendage; Maureen is "shaped like a potato," the result of her convenience store diet of stale cupcakes; and Beanpole is a complete klutz who trips over air (I can relate). Once they ...more
Lisa is Busy Nerding
in a sentence or so: three nerdish eight grade girls form an alliance in an attempt to take the highly coveted talent show victory from the popular girls. along the way, they make many discoveries about one another and become true friends.

Maureen, Alice, and Barbara each have their own unique brand of nerd. Maureen's body type is best described as a baked potato and she becomes a youtube sensation when the popular girls record her acting like a complete loon in defense of previously unknown Alic
When I first started reading this, I thought I was going to hate it. The beginning really turned me off. I'm glad I stuck with it however, as there were a lot of really good things about it. I'll start with what I didn't like first. The main character, Maureen, was not that sympathetic. I understand self-deprecation, but Maureen was a little too harsh on herself and everyone else she saw. Also, she didn't really read like a female character. It really did come across as a guy trying his best to ...more
"Mom, this situation calls for chocolate...It's what I like to call a Double Fudger." I am a huge Dorkasaurus fan, firmly in Maureen's corner as she does battle with the ThreePees - Pretty, Popular, and Perfect.

I wish I were a Language Arts teacher, because this character is the best demonstration of voice I have ever seen in teen literature. Maureen is hilarious, in a darkly sarcastic way that should be uncomfortable coming from an eighth grader but isn't. She describes herself and the Nerd Gi
Mary Z
Maureen doesn't have friends, and after an embarrassing video is unleashed on Youtube, she doesn't even have hope, but when she becomes loosely associated with two other losers, things begin to change.

The best thing about this book is the well-developed characters. The author doesn't rely on stereotypes, she creates real, three dimensional girls who aren't perfect, but are a lot of fun.

Maureen has a great sense of humor and talks with a sarcastic and dry wit that is a refreshing change of pace f
3.5 stars to be precise... I was not enamored at first as the characters were rather overdrawn and unlikable but as it went through their geeky charm grew on me like a fungus or perhaps ear wax... the bad kids were a little too cliched, but it feels like the characters were developing by the end and I could see following them in a sequel...

Cute book for middle-school girls, though guys will probably run!
Lisa Nocita
With all the feel of a Disney sitcom or movie, Nerd Girls chronicles the friendship of three unlikely girls who feel they are at the very bottom of the middle school pecking order. Maureen is snarky and overweight, acutely conscious of her social status. And she feels powerless to change anything about it until a cafeteria incident suddenly sets into motion a chain of events that give her a new perspective.

Underdogs coming from behind to win your heart with determination and spunk to put the me
Jun 23, 2011 Leslie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA readers, middle school readers
Recommended to Leslie by: Alan Sitomer
Shelves: young-adult
REVIEW: NERD GIRLS by Alan Lawrence Sitomer ***

I loved 8th grade: there is your first sign I was a nerd. So I was prepared to like NERD GIRLS by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. I was surprised by why I liked it, though. Maureen is a poster girl for nerds in this delightful quest for 8th grade acceptance: baked potato-shaped (her words), socially awkward and way too smart to have fun in middle school. She is even hard to like sometimes, especially when she tries to push away the only two girls, Alice and
Beth G.
I have a 3.73 grade point average and my body looks like a baked potato. My eyes are brown, my hair is brown, and sometimes when I snack on too many fig bars and run real fast in PE, I end up with brown streaks in my underpants, too. I'm not just un-cool; I'm anti-cool. I mean, I even know hot to properly use a semicolon in a sentence. What could be more pathetic than that?

With that opening paragraph, Sitomer immediately pulled me in to Maureen's story, and then just as quickly pushed me back ou
Molly Jo
I thought so much of this book was absolutely adorable! I was seriously laughing out loud at parts when I was reading. I kept waking my dog up. Let me tell you, not much will make you feel as guilty as the sleepy eyes of a dachshund.

Maureen is floating through middle school on her own. Both her best friends have moved away and she's not the type to make friends easily. The bane of her existence are the ThreePees, the three most popular girls in school, who are also the biggest jerks on the plane
From June 2011 SLJ:
Gr 58Self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus Maureen tries to stay below the radar of the ThreePees (Pretty, Popular, Perfect) Kiki, Brittany, and Sophia. But when they have fun with Allergy Alice by sitting next to her at lunch and eating foods Alice is allergic to, Maureen shocks herself by grabbing the peanut butter-laden sandwiches and stuffing them into her own mouth to protect Alice. Of course, Brittany gets the whole thing on video, and Maureen's heroic act becomes fat-girl YouTu
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Am I allowed to say how much I LOVED this book? It was hysterical. Seriously. I snorted many a time while reading.I have to admit that I am a big fan of Alan Sitomer's books. I've read them all. Although he doesn't typically write books that I can relate to personally, my students adore his writing. They really hit home for teens in urban environments. Homeboyz, Hoopster, Hip Hop High School, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez are geared towards older teen readers (high school); but, Nerd G ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
*ARC received from NetGalley.*

The real strength of this book definitely lies in the narrator's wonderfully authentic voice. The plot is nothing new, and many of the supporting characters felt cartoonish and overdrawn to me, but Maureen came across as extremely realistic. There have been a lot of books about unpopular girls suffering through middle school, but few of them have had such a snarky and flawed main character. Often I think fiction presents unpopular girls as nice kids who never do any
Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can’t touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front of the whole school. These outcasts don't have much in common - other than the fact that they are often targets of the ThreePees: the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls who rule the school. A ...more
-k The Lady Critic
Maureen is a jerk and I really, really disliked her. But at the same time, she had her redeeming qualities that made me start to like her... until she made another mean remark. I found myself liking Allergy Alice (Q) and Barbara (Beanpole) a lot more and questioned why on earth they felt as though they needed Maureen as a friend.

But, while I disliked Maureen, I did like the novel. It was super cute and great for younger readers – especially girls. It has this ‘nerd-girl power’ thing going on tha
Maureen is a baked-potato shaped loser, who, in an act of insanity, stands up for Allergy Alice Applebee, and winds up (reluctantly) with both Alice and the completely klutzy Barbara Beanpole as friends. The three of them decide to join together to take down the ThreePeas (the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls) in their middle school talent show. As they work together, they come to realize that friendship is more important than popularity.

While I'm all for a book with the nerd girls as protagonists
Book Twirps
Thirteen-year-old Maureen is a self-proclaimed dork. Her hair is brown, her eyes are brown and her body oddly shaped: in her words, she looks like a baked potato. One day Maureen learns that the ThreePees (the pretty, popular and perfect girls) plan to sit next to Allergy Alice at lunch and eat everything Alice is allergic to, hoping for a YouTube worthy explosion. It’s then that Maureen decides enough is enough. She forms her own group called the Nerd Girls, and together Maureen, Alice and Bean ...more
Maureen, better known as Mo, is not a popular girl in her school. When she finds out the threePees (You know them, the pretty, popular and perfect girls.) are planning a possibly fatal joke on the new girl she decides to intervene. The threePees plan to sit next to Alice, who seems to be allergic to everything, and eat peanut - butter and banana, sandwiches with mango marmalade on wheat. Then they'll film her reaction on a phone. Mo doesn't know what Alice's allergic reaction will be, but she pu ...more

When Maureen, 8th grader and self-proclaimed dork, risks her own reputation to protect an allergy prone girl from becoming an involuntary YouTube sensation, she unwittingly makes a couple of friends and begins a plot to take down the ThreePees (Pretty, Popular, and Perfect).

The ThreePees dominate the talent show every year and are determined to win one more time before heading off to high school. Maureen and her new pals are determined to take them down.

Reading Vacation
I am a nerd. I spend my nights reading, sing in the shower, get straight A’s at school, and have horrible eyesight. That fact made me like the idea of Nerd Girls, the story of nerdy girls taking down the popular crowd. How cool. Or so I thought.

Maureen is a girl with self-esteem issues. She feels bad about her weight, comparing herself to a baked potato. Even though Maureen is ashamed about her weight, she does practically nothing to get in shape. I didn’t care for her overly negative attitude.
The author is known for his YA noves. I believe this is his first MG novel, as well as his first female protagonist in the lead roll. I decided to give this a try because it sounded like something I would like and I've enjoyed the authors writing in the past.

When Maureen discovers the three It girls of middle school have a youtube planned prank set up against the new girl who's is allergic to everything she decides to step in. Soon the three girls who are always picked on, with Maureen as thei
Maureen, is just a girl TRYING to survive 8th grade. And the"3 P's " aren't helping any. So when they hear that her and two other "Dorks" are entering in the talent show ,they aren't very happy.
This book was written in Maureen's point of view. This is a very realistic fiction book. Any of this can happen to someone. This book was written in a very real like pace. I think that's what made it so realistic.
Three middle school misfits (Maureen, Alice and Barbara) get together to participate in the school talent show in hopes of for once upstaging the "Three Peas"-the self-proclaimed princesses of the school. While Maureen is often mean to the other "nerd girls" they are united in their efforts to overcome the Three Peas. Occasionaly touching and often funny, many middle school girls will find a glimpse of themselves in one of the nerd girls and hopefully decide they don't want to become one of the ...more
8th grade nerd Maureen teams up with Allergy Alice and Beanpole Barbara to take on the ThreePees (the Pretty, Popular, and Perfect girls) at the school talent show. Maureen is funny and sarcastic, Alice is allergic to everything and suffers from mysterious panic attacks, and Barbara is ridiculously accident prone. The story is interesting and engaging, but the author's attempts at finding something fresh in the common story of nerd girls taking on the popular girls in junior high results in aspe ...more
Cynthia Egbert
The stereotypes are over the top here but I still found myself laughing and I saw myself from junior high far more than was sometimes comfortable. This is not serious literature, but if you want to see the good guys get a last laugh and see a young woman come to a sense of what really matters in life, this is a sweet story.
When I think of Alan Sitomer, I think of his incredible Hip-Hop High School trilogy, with its inner-city feel and urban toughness. I was intrigued to see if he could pull off something that went in a totally different direction. I wondered if he could capture the essence of what it’s like to be one of the nerd clique, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Meet ‘big-boned’ Maureen, Allergy Alice and Beanpole Barbara - social outcasts who wind up going head to head with the perfect girls of their high s
Stacy Thompson Schuck
Self-professed nerd and baked potato look-a-like, Maureen, is an unhappy person and I liked that. In so many YA books the protagonists flaws are minor and shallow. Maureen has downright unlikeable moments just like the 13 year old she is. She reluctantly (very reluctantly) befriends Allergy Alice and Beanpole Barbara who are bigger freaks than she is. The three girls are up against the most popular and mean girls in the school for the title of the annual talent show. Maureen continues to act lik ...more
Kitty Mullins
Cute book but a little bit cheesy. A lovely message that if you are a misfit, you still aren't all alone. It's more of a children's book than young adult but I still think it's good. :)
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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of The Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having been an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School Of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned keynote speaker who specializes in engaging underperforming students. To date, Mr. Si ...more
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“Q and Beanpole and I giggled at the way our math teacher, Mr. Sung-Li, wore four pencils in his shirt pocket in case he was suddenly attacked by a multiplication problem or something.” 1 likes
“After I took two pees- 'cause the news of this mandatory dress rehearsal was way too big of a nuclear bomb to just take one- we made plans to meet by the Fountain before the dress rehearsal began to get our act together.” 1 likes
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