The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: New Kid in School

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in BR Library

512dBJQ2kUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_By Ruth Barshaw
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 192
Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

Moving to a new house? Bad. Being the new kid? Worse.

Ellie’s family is moving to a new town, and Ellie is sure she won’t fit in at school. The other kids play “new kid bingo” behind her back, and even the teachers can’t seem to remember her name. But when her new classmates start complaining about long lunch lines (and bad food), Ellie jumps at the chance to lead a protest. And tackling the school cafeteria just might be the perfect way to make new friends!


“Done in a style reminiscent of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007), this sequel to Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel (Bloomsbury, 2007) is a humorous and realistic look at moving. At school and in the neighborhood, Ellie faces many experiences typical to relocation. She gets excited about her first invite, only to end up watching her new friend play a handheld game; at school her classmates secretly play “new kid bingo,” waiting for her to mess up or cry. Her story is told through a notebook, which is a combination of handwritten text and line drawings. The pictures, comic frames, and dialogue balloons serve to further the story. Reluctant and struggling readers and young fans of graphic novels are sure to find this title appealing. The book also includes an illustrated interview with the author, tips and directions for keeping a “sketch journal,” and a teacher’s guide to Have Pen, Will Travel.
Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL”
School Library Journal