{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post: The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I will be reviewing THE DIRT DIARY soon but for now, read on about Anna Staniszewski's middle school secrets!

The Dirt Diary
Title: The Dirt Diary
Author: Anna Staniszewski
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Date of Publication: January 7, 2014

WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.

Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.

Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.

But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty...

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Praise for The Dirt Diary

 “Holy fried onion rings! Fun from beginning to end.”  —Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers

“I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!” —Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

Guest Post

What secrets would Anna Staniszewski's middle school diary have revealed?

It might not surprise you that the author of a book about a shy, awkward 8th grade girl was once a shy, awkward 8th grade girl. Unlike Rachel, I didn’t keep a diary full of secrets (mine and other people’s) but if I had, here are a few things that might have been in it.

1. The nerdy secret. I owned a pair of enormous purple glasses which I refused to wear because they were hideous. (And enormous.) That means I spent most of my time squinting and tripping over things. Anything was better than donning those purple monstrosities!

2. The embarrassing secret. Even though I was a self-proclaimed band and theater geek for most of middle and high school, I must admit that I often secretly wished I was one of the cheerleaders. They were pretty, popular, and seemed to have such easy lives. They definitely never had to worry about wearing ugly glasses!

3. The swoony secret. I had a crush on the same guy all through middle school—and no, I will not tell you his name! Of course, he didn’t know I existed. He probably still doesn’t. Don’t worry. I’m over it. :)

Okay, I’ve shared my middle school secrets. Now it’s your turn. What secrets would be in your middle school “dirt diary”?

About Anna Staniszewski

Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of My Very UnFairy Tale Life series, published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Look for the first book in Anna’s next tween series, The Dirt Diary, in January 2014, and visit her at


  1. This looks like a super fun book! I hadn't heard of it until now, but I'm definitely checking out. Those purple glasses probably would be seriously hip these days. ;)

    1. Tell me what you think of THE DIRT DIARY Cait once you've read it! And I'm glad to put it in your radar. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Awww this sounds cute and super sweet. I'll be watching for your review! :)

    1. Oh no, pressure! Hee. Thank you for dropping by, Lisa!! <3


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