The Popularity Papers

The Popularity Papers

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang

Book - 2010
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Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia's the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie's the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, when Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, their efforts don't translate into instant popularity. Lydia ends up with a bald spot, their parents won't stop yelling, and Julie finds herself the number-one crush of Roland Asbj#65533;rnsen. Worse, they seem to be drifting farther and farther from their goal--and each other.
Amy Ignatow's hilarious debut novel introduces the intrepid fifth-graders Julie and Lydia, whose quest to understand popularity may not succeed in the ways they want, but will succeed in keeping readers in stitches.

From Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books:
Lydia and Julie, BFFs since birth, are now preparing to enter junior high, and they're on a mission to become popular. First, however, they have to determine exactly how popularity is achieved, so they decide to approach the matter as any good scientist would: observe those creatures already at the height of popularity and apply said observations to themselves, in the hopes of cracking into that mysterious world of junior-high stardom. The two record their observations and the often spectacularly unsuccessful outcomes of their various social experiments in a scrapbook-like journal, complete with notes passed at school, lists of projected popularity goals, and credibly goofy and kidlike drawings. The story here is fairly familiar: the girls fail miserably at their first attempts at the A-list (Lydia's hair falls out after a botched dye job, among other disasters) but eventually find acceptance in the upper echelon, only to learn the valuable lesson that it's the people you're most comfortable around who make the best friends. The diary format, however, adds an extra dimension of funny, and as in Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series about Greg Heffley, it allows Julie and Lydia to come alive through their witty dialogue, their perceptive commentary, and even their characteristic handwriting. Secondary characters shine as well, particularly Julie's embarrassing but ultimately charming two dads, along with Lydia's goth-punk sister, a font of random quips and junior high wisdom. The popular kids end up being far from perfect and each has issues of her own to contend with, making the actual friendships that form among the girls all the more endearing. Those waiting for the next installment of Greg Heffley's adventures will be well served by this amusing experiment in sixth-grade celebrity. KQG
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780810984219
0810984210
Branch Call Number: J FIC Ignat 3564
Characteristics: 204 p. :,col. ill

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Liana2005
Jul 19, 2017

This book is really funny

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rojinariman
Aug 09, 2016

It is a good and funny book and I enjoyed reading it because it is an exciting book.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 9-12. Lydia and Julie, 5th graders who are best friends, are on a mission to become popular before they head to middle school. Thus begins their hilarious study of the popular girls and their own even funnier experiences.

Corkarama Sep 27, 2015

This book is so funny! Every girl (or boy) should read this. Hilarious stuff! :)

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lingzc
Feb 14, 2015

yayyyyy!!! awesome book!!! also read the rest of the series!!!

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sophied046
Nov 18, 2014

this is a very good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#funny

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violet_panda_971
Jun 27, 2014

On of my my favorite series!

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 21, 2013

I foresee a lot of girls trying to learn how to draw and how to be funny. And if we can get more funny females in the world, girls who understand how great it is to even BE funny (and that can draw!), then we’ll owe The Popularity Papers more than we can ever give. A really great book and worth a close inspection. And if I absolutely have to compare it to Jeff Kinney’s series, I’ll do it this way: This is the funniest book I’ve read for kids since discovering Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Truth.

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copicmarker
Nov 15, 2012

three words: BEST. BOOK .EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mkblizzard101
Jul 22, 2012

this was a really good book!!!

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lingzc thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 21, 2013

Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are two smart cookies. Some girls going into their last year before middle school would confront the enigma of popularity by either moaning or changing themselves beyond all recognition. Lydia and Julie have a much better plan. First, they have this notebook where Julie (the artistic one) can record their observations. The mission? To stealthily watch all the popular girls they know so as to best determine how to someday be popular themselves. Lydia (the brave one) will subject herself to rigorous testing, whether it involves bleaching off a chunk of her hair or joining an eskrima class (otherwise known as stick fighting). Along the way they attempt to finagle cell phones out of their parental units (with unfortunate results), deal with a Norwegian crush, and have a falling out that may or may not put an end to their friendship. Being popular may be tough but attaining it? Hilarious.

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