The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang

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Lydia and Julie are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia's the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, and human guinea pig. Julie's the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey jock, and 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, the harder Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, the farther they get from their goal--and each other. Amy Ignatow understands friendship and the fifth grade, and she knows just how to wring humor out of ordinary and extraordinary moments.
 

About Amy Ignatow

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Amy Ignatow is an illustrator and teacher who has also been a farmer, a florist, a short-order vegan cook, a dancing chicken, an SAT prep instructor, a telefundraiser, a wedding singer, a ghostwriter for Internet personal ads, a reporter, and an air-brush face and body painter working under the name "Ooga." She graduated from Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and their cat, Mathilda, whom they believe to be well-meaning despite all evidence to the contrary.
 
Published December 21, 2012 by Amulet Books. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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In e-mails, back-and-forth notes and an occasional bit of graffiti, Julie and Lydia explore all of the emotional hardships of being non-populars in middle school.

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This piquant tale chronicles a duo’s campaign to improve their social position prior to junior high.

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This piquant tale chronicles a duo's campaign to improve their social position prior to junior high.

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This one's for the Wimpy Girls. Riffing on and amplifying the increasingly common diary-style format, Ignatow uses “handwritten” notes and copious full-color cartoons to put a fres

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""Outcast" middle-schoolers everywhere will recognize the situations depicted, and while some of them may seem heartbreaking at the time, this comic relief will add some much-needed perspective.

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The Bookbag

There's so little to actually read here, and the sketchy, crumpled look of the pages means nobody in the target audience need go far from themselves to see what the heroines are doing or thinking - Julie and Lydia can be engaged with on that regard, if not separately.

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Common Sense Media

By writing down (and illustrating) their observations in a secret notebook, the girls hope that they can soon discover -- and emulate -- the behavior that sets these girls apart.

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Fifth-graders and best friends Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang have decided that their last year of elementary school is also their last year to be at the bottom of the social heap.

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