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Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (also known simply as Dork Diaries) is the 1st book in the Dork Diaries series. It was released on June 2, 2009.
14-year-old Nikki Maxwell is not happy when her father arranges a scholarship for her to attend a private middle school called Westchester Country Day as part of the contract for his bug extermination services.
Nikki does not fit in with the wealthy, designer clad students and spends most of her time alone writing in her diary. To make matters worse, she has a locker right next to the school's most popular girl, MacKenzie Hollister. MacKenzie labels Nikki as a “dork” and goes out of her way to make Nikki’s life miserable.
It appears the new school may work out when Nikki befriends two other dorky girls, Chloe and Zoey. But, things take a turn for the worse when Nikki enters the school art show and discovers her main competition is her enemy, MacKenzie, who will stop at nothing to win.
- With a drawing Nikki references both "A nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" franchies. However, they are called "Midnight on Elk street", and "Friday the 14th".
- This book has over three million copies in over twenty languages.