I’m such a big fan of Erin Dionne. She always tackles subjects that challenge many a middle school kid and shows how any of them can make change in their lives or can handle those difficulties and even thrive…just like Sarah Anne, who’s figuring out who she is, cool or not, and owning it instead of hiding it. Thank you, Erin Dionne, for reminding all of us to be true to ourselves! Perfect for 7th and 8th graders.
A cool girl who's secretly a major geek has to figure out how to be true to herself in this relatable, funny, feminist novel from Erin Dionne. Sarah Anne loves lacrosse, and the MK Nightshade series that everyone was obsessed over in grade school. The problem is that she's still obsessed, which is way too nerdy for a popular kid like her. So she hides her geekiness with a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate.
Except when she's offered a spot in a Nightshade fandom contest, where the winner gets to see the new movie premiere in LA. No one seems to think Sarah Anne can win, since she's up against a pair of guys in high school--but the more she's called a fake fan, the more determined she is to wipe the floor with her competition. As long as none of her friends or anyone at school knows what she's doing.
Can she keep her geek identity a secret, win the contest, and manage to keep her friends even though she's been living a lie? Sarah Anne is going to have to make some choices about what's truly important to her and which rules she's going to break to stay true to herself.
About the Author
Erin Dionne is the author of six other books for kids, including Lights, Camera, Disaster, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, and Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking. Erin loves action movies, especially Star Wars and The Avengers. Wonder Woman is her favorite superhero. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two kids, and a very disgruntled dog. Visit her online at erindionne.com.
Praise for Secrets of a Fangirl:
"[A] good pick for middle-schoolers dealing with anxiety, school pressures, and self actualization." -- Booklist
Praise for Lights, Camera, Disaster:
"Dionne creates a flawed, lovable, sympathetic character who, thanks to her support network, is ultimately able to become 'the director of [her] own story.' Readers will root for and relate to Hester." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The interspersing of scripts, pauses, and rewinds augments the reader's sense of how the world feels for Hester, and her self-advocacy offers a compelling model of empowerment." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Hester learns to play to her interests, and her film about her classmates strikes a chord--making the point that kids are much more than their classwork and grades." -- Booklist