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Carol Gorman
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Dork in Disguise

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  275 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Starting middle school in a new town, brainy Jerry Flack changes his image from "dork" to "cool kid, " only to discover that he'd rather be himself.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 2003 by Walker & Company (first published September 8th 1999)
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Ay yi yi... This was cringingly awkward. I guess for middle-schoolers, this might be a good lesson in learning to be yourself and recognizing good people from shitty shallow people, but man... it was so painful to read because I just wanted to shake some sense into the main character the entire time.

It wasn't poorly written or anything, though the dialogue could use some work, and it was clear as day where it was going (though with a title like that, you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to figu
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nerds
I liked this book, because it has a strong message in it.

This book is about a dork named Jerry. He and his family moved to a new city and he started a new school. Because, of him being called a dork at his old school, he didn't want to be labeled as a dork at his new school, so he wanted to change his image. He wanted to become a cool dude. He even went as far as to taking off his glasses and walking around in danger field b.k.a. can't hardly see.

On his first day of school, he was called out by
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute- reminded me of the 6th grade version of that 80s flick "Some Kind of Wonderful"
Diego Herrera
this book is about a kid named jerry and he is a genius and he's going to a new school but he wants to be cool .
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it is funny and halarius. It is about a boy who wants to be cool for once with help of a friend named Brenda. He tries to not show how smart he is to the "cool kids" or loose his cool with them. later in the book, he realizes that he has hurt his friend on ditching her. He realizes that Friendship is better than anything.

The thing I like what the author did in the story was when Jerry (the main character) was trying to teach his dog, sassy, to go fetch the newspaper for
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope this story line is obsolete, but if there are still young people who are afraid to be smart or who aren't in the "in crowd," this book will speak to them. The protagonist is a boy who loves science but hates being a nerd and wants to be "cool." He ultimately has to follow his heart and joins the science club, while at the same time discovering that the cool kids are either shallow or mean. This is a staple for school and classroom libraries.
Joy Sallegue
Originally posted on The Bookshelf Intruder:

Dork in Disguise is for the dorks, geeks, and nerds in all of us. But really, what's the difference?

According to HelloGiggles:
Geek (n.)- Someone who spends a lot of time and energy in a certain area, not necessarily computers or technology; An outwardly normal person who has taken the time to learn technical skills. They are generally not athletic and enjoy video games, comic books, being on the internet, etc.

Nerd (n.)- A socially awkward person wh
Widad Hussein
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, Dork in Disguise was really fun to read. Even though its lexile level is 510, this is definitely a book for upper elementary kids between 3-5th grade. The main characters are Jerry and his friend Brenda. The setting takes place between his school and home. This is a 4rd point of view, from the reader's view. This book is about 6th grade Jerry who is seen as a nerdy dork. When his family decided to move, Jerry took the opportunity to disguise himself as someone cool so he can fit in at ...more
Dalton Hunt
Feb 27, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
is ok
Kristine Kouba
Plot Summary - Jerry Flack is the new kid in town. At his old school, he was considered a dork, but at his new school, he wants to be cool. He has spent a lot of time studying magazines, TV shows, gelling his hair and trying to be cool. At his new school, he knows he needs to be on guard at all times and not give away his cool guy disguise. He knows he needs to talk cool, dress cool, look cool and talk to cool people. He tries to get attention from Cinnamon, a popular girl. Brenda introduces her ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Being cool is everything, especially for nowadays pre-teen. And the cool thing usually identic with the Beautiful People and sports. Maturity, in the other hand, think that smart person is the cool one. Those are this book told about. Jerry Flack didn't want to get a "dork" mark in his new school, so he pretended that he was a cool ones. He hide his cleverness, his glasses and learnt to act like cool people (based on the cool magazine). H
Lauren Kramer
An underdog story that keeps you smiling. Jerry Flask has recently moved and has decided that this year for school he is going to be "cool." Previously knowing that he was a dork in his old school, Jerry does all of his research and observations on what it means to be cool, and he pulls it off. Jerry starts stumbling in the beginning of the school year, trying to remember everything that would make him look cool. Eventually, however, Jerry actually does get the cool kids at his school to take a ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of my book is Dork in disguise and it has #176 pages. The author is Carol Gorman and the genre is realistic fiction.

Jerry Flack just wants to be a cool kid and he just moved to a new school for a new beginning. He normally wears glasses but does not want to ruin his reputation. The first person that he met at his new school was Brenda. She was not a cool kid but she was nice and didn’t care how cool he was. The cool kids were Cinnamon, Robbin, Gabe, Tony and Craig. Jerry’s locker mate
Jennifer Robb
Cute middle school book about a boy who tries to reinvent his image into someone cool and struggles with how to keep up with his interests (science and other things he fears the cool kids will think are dorky) while still appearing cool to the girl whose looks he admires. In the end, he discovers he has more fun with the people who share his interests than he does with those he needs to pretend with.

I liked that the main character stood up for the girl who had first befriended him when the popu
Devin D.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dork! What would you do if every day of your life you would hear that word? Well Jerry the main character makes a plan when he goes to a new school, to be a cool guy. Carol Gorman did an outstanding job on his book Dork in Disguise. He has been studying up for the first day of school reading magazines, watching music videos, and even reading web pages. His problem is he is a dork and he can't change that. On the first day of school he meets the love of his life the most popular girl Cinnamon bu ...more
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Book ... is an ok Book i didn't really enjoy that much this book wasn't my taste in books.It didn't really make any emotions for me some parts were funny some parts were just dumb.But some parts of this book reminded me of myself. When i used to try to be the cool kid but ended up still being up the stupid one.I would recommend this book to kids who like dumb and funny books.

The main character is Jerry Flack he moved from a different school.He was Disguised as a "Cool Guy" at Nathaniel Ha
Jerry Flack is not cool. He is a nerd who likes science and wears glasses. When he moves to a new town he thinks he has a shot at changing his image and becoming cool. He puts away his glasses and gets lessons on being cool from his friend Brenda. Soon he is hanging out with the cool kids and thinks beautiful Cinnamon likes him. But he also misses hanging out with Brenda and the other kids on the science team. And he still likes science and other uncool things. This is a book all about accepting ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You’re moving to a new school and you are going to try to do everything to change your image – I mean, at your old school everyone called you a dork – why?

Because you’re smart and you’re interested in science and like to hang out with the smart kids – you know – maybe you’ve done it yourself.

But the first person he meets is another smart kid – a girl – and she says she will help you become cool.

But it’s tough, and you start telling a lot of lies – like – what a great inline skater you are – and
Julia Nashif
Every middle schooler (and older, I'll bet) should read this book.

Thank you, NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media, for this free book to review!

What I liked:

1. Jerry is a protagonist that could relate to a lot of people. Who doesn't want to be cool?

2. He does things outside of school, such as science projects, teaching his dog how to collect newspapers, ect. His world doesn't revolve around school drama.

What I didn't like:

1. I wish Cinnamon could have been put in her place. She needs to real
Kimberly Westrope
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story for middle-graders. I'm not going to repeat what the story is about, since the description of the book has already done that. Here is why I liked the story. The way the characters behaved brought me right back to my middle school days. Each of the characters has a distinct personality, and their dialogue and antics really drew me in to the story. It's easy to empathize with Jerry as most people, at one time or another, have longed to fit in somewhere.

The story and ch
Zach Naegele
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story Jerry Flack is starting a new school, and a new self image. At his old school Jerry was a science dork, and in truth, he still is. Now Jerry’s goal is to be a cool kid at his new school. Jerry’s first new friend is Brenda, and while she isn’t considered cool, she helps to make Jerry into what he so desires. To become cool, Jerry tells lies, gets into trouble, destroys his clothes, and even gets hurt in the process. Jerry’s love for science overwhelms him and he joins the science te ...more
Matti Karjalainen
"Jerry, hurmaava hikke" (WSOY, 2001) kertoo uudessa koulussa aloittavasta Jerrystä, joka haluaisi jättää nörttivuodet taakseen ja hengailla sen sijaan coolien ja suosittujen oppilaiden kanssa - etenkin kun kaunis, joskin sanavarastoltaan hieman rajoittunut Cinnamon kuuluu heidän joukkoonsa. Tiikerin on kuitenkin vaikea päästä juovistaan, mutta onneksi Jerryn "lajitoveri", tiedekerhoon kuuluva ja aina yhtä ystävällinen Brenda lupautuu auttamaan siirtymäriitissä. Siitä huolimatta Jerry tuntee liik ...more
Peter Bawi
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. This is one of my favorite book of all time because it has a lot of genre to it.
It started of as a single boy wanting to be popular in school so that people won't be against him or hate him, on his first day of school he met a beautiful girl and was taken by her beauty, and later that day he also met a girl who actually understand how he feel. and so on she help him in many other way by making him be popular in school, and made him have many friends, and help him be close to
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite book. I looked and searched everywhere for the tittle as I had forgotten it. It is amazing, it is a book I identified with and help me build my confidence as a child. It is the story of a smart kid, who's been bullied his whole life and when he finally gets the chance after moving town tries to be cool. Surprising he soon finds out that being cool is not really what makes someone amazing, and that he just as to be himself to be amazing. It goes through the struggles m ...more
Julie Pfeiffer
Jerry is a 6th grade student at a new school. He is hoping to shed his "dork" image. This is a heartfelt book about a young boy that wants desperately to fit in. He wants to be part of the "cool" group. Through his efforts and the help of a "true" friend, Brenda, Jerry gets to the point to where he fits in and gets the girl. However, when he finally gets what he thinks he wants he realizes that it's not all he had anticipated. Jerry realizes that he can be himself and still fit in. This book is ...more
Sarah Time
Dork in disguise was a very good book. Although I read this book some time ago, I still remember most of the book. It's about a boy who moved to a new school and wants to fit in and be cool this time around. With the help of a girl who knows who he really is (a nerd) Greg makes his way up he popular list. But as he reaches the very top, and wins the most popular girl's heart, Greg realizes he doesn't need to be popular, because there's someone who likes him for his nerdy self.
Homer Simpson
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it is funny an silly. Jerry has been studying all summer to be cool and not like the dork he was in is old school. Jerry has read all the cool magazines, watched all the music videos, and even snooped on a few blogs to get a feel of how the cool people are. will he manage to be cool, or will he be dumped back in the depths of dorkiness.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I've been reading a lot of the books my boys bring home and this is obviously another one. Jerry has moved to a new town and is determined not to be a dork any longer. He's studied all summer and now he's going to be cool. With a little help from a new friend he's well on his way. But is being cool actually better than being a dork?
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 3 star because it was good at times but it got boring at times. My favorite part of the book was when the boy named Jerry smashed into a tree and got a black eye. He was trying to be cool but he didn’t know how to roller skate and some kids asked if he would want to roller skate down a hill and he said “sure”. So he did. And that’s how he got a black eye.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, fun children's book relating the story of 6th grader Jerry Flack as he struggles to disguise himself as a "cool" kid at his new school. Great moral about letting yourself just be who you really are. (But I wonder if he kept the ripped jeans and cool swagger. I'll have to read the next book!)
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Carol Gorman is an Iowa-born writer of over 40 published books. She spent 17 years teaching in middle-school, high-school, and college classes. Her writing time has been devoted to creating mystery and suspense novels for children.

She originally aspired to be an actress, and while studying at the University of Iowa, was cast in the lead of both West Side Story and Peter Pan. In the 1980s, Carol m
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