The Rise of the Dorkasaurus (2020)

The Rise of the Dorkasaurus Alan Sitomer The Rise of the Dorkasaurus 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 wi
  • Title: The Rise of the Dorkasaurus
  • Author: Alan Sitomer
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The Rise of the Dorkasaurus Alan Sitomer 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 wholeMaureen, 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 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 But one day Maureen discovers that the ThreePees are planning to sit next to Allergy Alice in the cafeteria and eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches on whole wheat toast with mango marmalade for lunch And Maureen decides that it s time to topple the eight grade social regime She joins forces with Alice and Barbara and the Nerd Girls enter the school talent show, determined to take the crown from the ThreePees Will their routine be enough to de throne the popular crowd Or will their plan backfire and shake their hold on the bottom rung of the social ladder
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  1. Kaethe

    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.

  2. Lisa Schensted

    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 Alice A [...]

  3. 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 Girls is pe [...]

  4. Emily

    Mom, this situation calls for chocolateIt 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 Girls as the [...]

  5. L_manning

    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 get int [...]

  6. Glenda

    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 join forces [...]

  7. 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 fr [...]

  8. Josh Newhouse

    3.5 stars to be precise I was not enad 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 sequelCute book for middle school girls, though guys will probably run

  9. Katie Fitzgerald

    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 P.E I end up with brown streaks in my underpants too.This is how the first chapter of Nerd Girls Rise of the Dorkasaurus begins The voice is that of thirteen year old Maureen, who describes herself as not just uncool , but anti cool Maureen usually observes the world from a position of solitude, alone in the cafeteria, t [...]

  10. 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 planet In [...]

  11. 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 pathetic than that With that opening paragraph, Sitomer immediately pulled me in to Maureen s story, and then just as quickly pushed me back out I hate [...]

  12. 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 Girls is pe [...]

  13. Leslie

    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 Beanpole, w [...]

  14. Kim

    From June 2011 SLJ Gr 5 8 Self 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 YouTube [...]

  15. Seanean

    librarytalker 201 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 time before heading off to high school Maureen and her new pals are determined to take them down.With the help of her prankster [...]

  16. 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 Beanpole Ba [...]

  17. 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 To be ho [...]

  18. Cemeread

    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 puts a stop [...]

  19. Monkeyface

    Listened to The Rise of the Dorkasaurus The Nerd Girls 1 by Alan Sitomer 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 school These outcasts don t have much in common other [...]

  20. 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 mean [...]

  21. Breanne

    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 After an [...]

  22. -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 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 that made me want to s [...]

  23. Adrienne

    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 important than popularity.While I m all for a book with the nerd girls as protagonists, and I li [...]

  24. Doret

    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 their rel [...]

  25. Stacy

    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 like a gen [...]

  26. Treasure

    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 aspects [...]

  27. Ann

    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 princess [...]

  28. Johnp

    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 school c [...]

  29. Melissa

    Maureen s life is a disaster She s the chubby middle child with a perfect older brother and young sister Maureen has no friends other than cupcakes Until the day when the ThreePees pretty, popular, and perfect girls decide to see what will happen when they eat by Allergic Alice, who is allergic to everything Maureen intervenes and is befriended by Alice and Beanpole Brenda, another nerdy unpopular girl The three decide to enter the school s talent show to try to upstage the ThreePees.I liked the [...]

  30. Jeff Raymond

    A book with a title as good as this one was definitely worth looking at, and it had its redeeming points overall Maureen, an overweight, self proclaimed nerd, decides to wage war against the mean girls of her school along with some of the other nerdy and low on the totem pole members of her class.The book is very slapsticky in a lot of ways, crude almost for the sake of being crude, and only marginally funny I m not sure how well it would translate to its target audience, all things being equal [...]

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