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Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Top Secret

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.

Hi, I’m Linda Rey, and I write books for teens and tweens. Writing a bio is about as awkward as having to write a “What I Did Last Summer” report, the first day back in school, but here goes.

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Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Unlucky Thirteen

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.

Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Letters From Summer Camp


Shared bunk beds… Stolen underwear… Cheesy camp songs…

My first camp experience just might be my last!


When a major mix up sends me, nerdy girl extraordinaire, to a residential sports camp for Olympic hopefuls instead of science camp, I know anything that can go wrong, will. My only hope is to suck it up and try not to mess anything up. Between majorly missing my dad and my worry over his and Diane’s divorce, camp takes a toll on me. (And let’s be real, I’m not exactly well-suited for physical agility tests and early morning workout sessions.) 


Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Letters To Santa, The Easter Bunny, And Other Lame Stuff


A letter to Santa. A letter to the Easter Bunny. A letter to the Sandman?


Who writes a letter to the Sandman? Me, that’s who! Willa Shisbey, nerd extraordinaire.


And I share all this embarrassing stuff – and more – in my very own news column, Willa’s Window, in my hometown paper.

Not only will you read about me bartering with the Tooth Fairy, but you’ll also take a gander at the ridiculous Santa lists...


Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: Truth or Dare


My OCD is in overdrive. My family is imploding. And there’s a chance I might be an orphan – AGAIN!


If I ever write a memoir, the title will be Disaster.


Like, seriously, how many girls can say that they’ve had two moms ditch them in just twelve short years? Or that their DAD had to take them bra shopping? Or that their entire middle school thinks they’re a complete and total nerd?

Me, that’s who.


Confessions of a Nerdy Girl: SUNNY SIDE OVER


Mddle school mishaps (Sigh)... Menstruation celebrations (Ewww)... And Naviagating nerd-dom (Ugh!)

Life's got more twists than a pretzel.  


My BFF might be moving away. My dad is acting like a love-struck teen. And there’s a chance I might be gaining a new kid brother who wears a dinosaur head 24/7. 

Help! My world has turned sunny side over.



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... 



On the Willa Shisbey My Life Sucks 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...


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