Released by Sourcebooks on January 7, 2014
About the book:
Eighth grade never smelled so bad.
Rachel Lee didn’t think anything could be worse than her parents splitting up. She was wrong. Working for her mom’s new house-cleaning business puts Rachel in the dirty bathrooms of the most popular kids in the eighth grade. Which does not help her already loser-ish reputation. But her new job has surprising perks: enough dirt on the in-crowd to fill up her (until recently) boring diary. She never intended to reveal her secrets, but when the hottest guy in school pays her to spy on his girlfriend Rachel decides to get her hands dirty.
Read the first chapter of The Dirt Diary HERE.
What people are saying:
“Holy fried onion rings! The Dirt Diary is fun from beginning to end.”–Wendy Mass, author of 11 Birthdays and A Mango-Shaped Space
“This well-paced, realistic story is sweet, sensitive, and delicious! I laughed at Rachel’s antics, worried when she got in trouble, and wished she could make me some brownies!”–Erin Dionne, author of Notes from an Accidental Band Geek and The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
“Staniszewski, the author of the My Very UnFairy Tale Life books, begins another appealing series that promises more goofball humor blended with the real issues of early adolescence.”–Booklist
“Confidently addressing a number of common tween troubles that include bullying, parental divorce, and peer pressure, Staniszewski introduces a determined eighth-grader desperate to get her separated parents back together in this humorous problem novel.”–Publishers Weekly
“Staniszewski neatly captures the pain of a shy young girl with newly separated parents . . .The quick pace and creative storyline will attract those in the mood for an undemanding, light read.”–Kirkus
“Rachel’s situation and feelings ring true . . .This realistic read is likely to appeal to middle schoolers and reluctant readers.”–School Library Journal