Rachel Renee Russell

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Not to be confused with Rachel Russell, Baroness Russell.
Rachel Renee Russell

Rachel Renee Russell (born July 21, 1963) is an American author of the humorous children’s book series, Dork Diaries.

Life[edit]

Rachel Renee Russell currently resides in northern Virginia. She grew up in Saint Joseph, Michigan. She has two younger sisters and younger twin brothers. Rachel wrote her first book in 6th grade as a birthday present for her brothers. Russell was married but got a divorce in April 2009. She has two daughters.

Work[edit]

Dork Diaries chronicles the daily life of the main character, Nikki Maxwell, as she struggles to fit in and survive middle school. The book series is written in a diary format and includes doodles, drawings and comic strips.

According to the author's website, the Dork Diaries books are based on Russell's experiences in middle school, as well as those of her two daughters, Erin and Nikki. Her older daughter, Erin, helps with writing and her younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations. The main character, Nikki Maxwell, is named after her daughter.

Bibliography and awards[edit]

  • Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life was released on June 2, 2009. It has spent 42 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list.[1] and 7 weeks on the USA Today Best Sellers list.[2]
  • The book was also awarded the 2010 Children’s Choice Book of the Year Award for the 5th/6th grade division.[3]
  • On February 10, 2011, it was nominated as Book of the Year by the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.[4]
  • Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl was released on June 8, 2010. It has spent 42 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list.[5] and 12 weeks on the USA Today Best Sellers list.[6]
  • Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star was released on June 7, 2011. It has spent 28 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list.[7] and 13 weeks on the USA Today Best Sellers list.[8]
  • Dork Diaries: How To Dork Your Diary was released in October 2011
  • Dork Diaires: Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess was released in June 2012.[9]
  • Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All was released in October 2012.[10]
  • Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So Happy Heartbreaker was released on June 4th, 2013
  • As of December 26, 2013, the Dork Diaries series has spent 95 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list in the Children’s Series category.[11]

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