© Linda Rey

 

MIDDLE GRADE

Top Secret: Diary #1

(Confessions of a Nerdy Girl Diaries)

My first zit … my first bra … my first kiss.

My birth mom missed them all. She should have been there to tell me it was fine, to reassure me and hold my hand when I got scared. Instead, now I’ll never get the chance to meet her because my dad’s moving us two thousand miles away—to California.
 
But she needs to know what’s happening. She has to understand what’s going on in my life, what’s important to me and why I act like I do from time to time.
That’s why I started this diary. It’s a collection of my thoughts, wishes, fears and desires. Hundreds of them, from the past 11 years, all committed to paper and meant for the eyes of just one person. My mom.

Confidencial: Diario #1

Diario de una Chica Nerd (Spanish Edition)

Mi primer granito… Mi primer brasier… Mi primer beso…

 
Mi mamá se perdió todo esto. Ella debería haber estado aquí para decirme que todo estaría bien, para hacerme sentir mejor y tomar mi mano cuando me sentía asustada. En cambio ahora, nunca tendré la oportunidad de conocerla porque mi papá nos está obligando a mudarnos a miles de kilómetros lejos de aquí, a California.
 
Pero ella necesita saber que está sucediendo. Ella tiene que entender que está pasando en mi vida, lo que es importante para mí, y por qué a veces actúo de determinada manera.
 
Es por esto que comencé este diario. Es una colección de mis pensamientos, deseos, y miedos. Cientos de ellos, que han sido parte de los últimos 11 años, todos ellos escritos en papel y destinados para los ojos de una sola persona . Mi mamá.

Unlucky Thirteen: Diary #2

(Confessions of a Nerdy Girl Diaries)

New school… New problems… New diary.

As if starting a new middle school isn’t bad enough: now, I’m pretty sure my adoptive mom wants to send me back to the orphanage, my evil adoptive sister is trying to ruin my life, and the entire eighth grade thinks I’m a total dork because of an unfortunate beach experience involving a poisonous jellyfish. (OK, it was only a waterlogged plastic baggie that I mistook for a jellyfish, but still.)

 

All of that, and more, recorded on the pages of this diary, and dedicated to “M”— the mother who gave me away.

Truth or Dare: Diary #3

(Confessions of a Nerdy Girl Diaries)

Another semester … Another obstacle … Another diary.

You think you have problems? Well, my adoptive parents are divorcing; which means I might be an orphan—again. My OCD is off the charts. And, now, I’m pretty sure that I’m about to lose the only two friends I have because I can’t seem to keep it together. These secrets, and more, in a diary dedicated to “M,” the mother who gave me up for adoption.

Letters From Summer Camp: Diary #4

(Confessions of a Nerdy Girl Diaries)

Lizards… and leeches… and bears, oh my!

Dear Dad, HELP! Get me outta here!

 

Dear Marley, This is not a summer camp. This is a prison!

 

Dear Cody, Today I stepped in bear poop.

 

These entries, and more, when a major mix-up finds me—the most uncoordinated person on the planet—at a sleepaway camp for Olympic hopefuls, and not a science camp for smarties.

Nerdy Ever After: 

Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: A Nerdy Novel, Book #1

Wilhelmina Shisbey is unlucky Number Thirteen—the thirteenth person in the world to be documented with something called H-SAM (Highly Superior Autographical Memory.) For Willa, every crummy day of her loser life is as vivid as the last, beginning the moment her birth mother dumped her off at an orphanage, one day after her first birthday.


But after a few rough starts at her new middle school, Willa’s luck finally begins to change when she becomes friends with super smart Marley Applegate, editor of the troubled school paper, and intentional under-achiever Cody Cassidy, the hottest boy at Triton Middle School.

 

Surviving middle school is a fulltime job. But when a new student arrives on campus—a boy with cerebral palsy confined to a wheelchair—it’s up to Willa to prove to her classmates that it just might be cool to be kind. 

NERDY GIRLS DON’T

Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: A Nerdy Novel, Book #2

On the Willa Shisbey “My Life Stinks” scale of one to ten, Willa’s life is an eleven.

 

It’s not just that she’s a medically documented freak-of-nature with the ability to recall her past with the accuracy of a computer, or that her adoptive parents are divorcing and Willa fears she might be an orphan — again. But now her OCD has gotten so out of control that she’s managed to push away the only two friends she’s ever had.

 

Willa’s troubles continue to grow, and cement her nerdy girl status at Triton Middle School, when a shortage of boys in her science class pairs her with a new student—a girl—for a class project. Willa and her partner must “marry” and care for a computerized baby for seventy-two hours in order to pass the course.

 

The only problem is that Willa, the girl with the memory that won’t let her forget, has somehow managed to lose the baby.