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Meet, Catie Conrad --- a typical, tween, Christian girl with, oh, the weight of the world on her shoulders. And if it isn't bad enough that no one seems to understand the social pressures of being the greatest at everything, donning the latest fashions, and carrying the trendiest technology, Catie's dad is about to uproot her and her family to an Indian reservation during spring break for his job. Throw in a school dance, a major art contest, and an arch nemesis known only as Miranda Maroni and there's bound to be an epic meltdown of biblical proportions. Or, maybe not.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: B&H Kids
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433684608
ISBN-13: 9781433684609
Ages: 8-12
Series: Desperate Diva Diaries

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Meet, Catie Conrad - a typical Christian tween with, oh, the weight of the world on her shoulders. And if it isn’t bad enough that no one seems to understand the social pressures of being the greatest at everything, donning the latest fashions, and carrying the trendiest technology, Catie’s dad is about to uproot her and her family to an Indian reservation during spring break for his job. Throw in a school dance, a major art contest, and an arch nemesis known only as Miranda Maroni and there’s bound to be an epic meltdown of biblical proportions. Or, maybe not…

Finally a voice in the tween genre that is relatable and no less humorous for girls aged 9 to 12 by author Angie Spady. The first book in a new series titled Desperate Diva Diaries, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters chronicles both the small triumphs and general mishaps of sixth-grade Christian want-to-be diva, Catie Conrad. While her Christian journalist father is often a co-conspirator to making Catie’s life interesting with mission trips and church projects, Catie never ceases to realize God’s hand in all situations.

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Angie Spady is an award-winning educator and curriculum author who resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband Steve and two daughters. She is the author of the popular Channing O’Banning series and notable speaker on the topic of art as a form of self-expression among elementary school children.  Her innovative teaching strategies have been featured on PBS and other local media across the U.S. Her passion is to address the desperate need for good reading materials that both promote self-expression in young children and aims to challenge kids creatively and intellectually.
 
Channing Everidge is a high school senior, children’s book illustrator, and daughter to award-winning author Angie Spady. She currently resides in Kentucky where she is a member of Hindman Student Ministries and where she is president of the Art and Cultural Enrichment Club at her school. A Governor Scholar of Kentucky, Channing excels in academics and has won numerous state awards in the arts and humanities category. Honored to join the B&H Kids family, Desperate Diva Diaries is Channing’s first illustrated book series, designed to reach young kids for the glory of Christ.

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  1. Sofia Marie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Founded on Christian truths
    December 20, 2016
    Sofia Marie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Typical Catie: "Then I got to work on cutting out fabric for Sophies apron. Whenever Mom sees fabric on sale, she buys a few yards of something she thinks I might like. Sophies favorite color is orange, so I picked out a fruity print in orange and pink, and Im going to paint an orange S on the pocket. I cant wait to see her face when I finally finish it."

    Life would be SO much easier without any brothers and their pet skunks, classmates who think they're the best, and moms who say "no" every time you ask for a new phone. Katie tries to be patient, but it's so hard when the Germ (a.k.a. little brother Jeremy) is driving her nuts. And upon all that "normal" stress there's a dance to get ready to and an art show Caries absolutely has to enter. She IS the next famous fashion designer, right?

    "Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters" is written as a diary full of illustrations. Sometimes the constant capitalization of words made it hard, but the story was still interesting. From spa disasters to mission trips, it is full of a sixth-grader's secret thoughts.

    The good news is that the book is founded on Christian truths. Catie learns that God is in control and that she should be less selfish.

    This is the first in the Desperate Diva Diaries Series. The second is "Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most (un)Popular Girl in Middle School."
  2. Alysa Sawyer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The (Desperate) Diva Diaries~ Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters!
    February 7, 2015
    Alysa Sawyer
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book by: Angie Spady and illustrated by: Channing Everidge is a Christian alternative to the Dork Diaries. It portrays a Christian girl in public middle school (6th grade) who has to deal with the ups and downs of being a tween. Catie Conrad writes in her diary about all of the drama in her life. Upcoming school dance, her little brother whom she calls Germ and his pet skunk, the popular girl who is also a bully, art competition, upcoming mission trip, friendships, boys, etc. The book is written in a diary format, complete with lined pages, a font that looks like writing, doodles and drawings. Catie writes her honest thoughts, dreams, questions, prayers, and scripture. She learns how to love her enemies, follow her dreams, and how to be brave. Her best friend and her faith in God help her get through all the drama.

    I have never read the Dork Diaries, so I cannot compare this book to those, but I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the diary style (see photos above for examples) and the illustrations! I was a Christian girl in a public middle school, and I found some of the topics relevant to what I remember of my middle school years. The difference being that Catie Conrad has a more secure and stable home than I did. I also really liked how the author incorporated a mission trip into the story line. Catie has the opportunity to share Jesus to girls on an Apache reservation. I also like how the author let Catie be honest about her feelings towards her brother and the bully at school. She also had a struggle between knowing some of her thoughts were not pleasing to God and the story shows how she dealt with them by keeping a prayer journal. A few things to mention (not because they are bad but because I know that Christian families may have different viewpoints), Catie is interested in boys and she wants to go to the school dance with a boy. I think that the book tastefully deals with the drama of middle school crushes & friendships between girls & boys. I personally do not want to think of my daughters having crushes as early as 6th grade but it does happen and we as parents should not avoid the subject. I think that this book is an easy read and would appeal to tween girls. I will definately hang on to this book for when my girls are tweens! Parents will love the wholesome storyline and that Catie works through her drama from a Christian perspective.

    In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that BHKids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. GHott
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    As my tween niece would say Adorbs!
    January 6, 2015
    GHott
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Catie Conrad asked her father to pick her up sketchbooks while he was out she should have known hed get the wrong thing. But hes a journalist, for goodness sakes, he should be able to tell a sketchbook from a dairy!

    Maybe Catie can use these diaries to keep her prayer list to remember who to pray for, and why. That wouldnt make it a diary, would it?

    Hott Review:

    As my tween niece would say Adorbs!

    What I liked: Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters is a perfect tween read! There are several things that I loved:

    Its laid out as a series of diary entries. Which means, short chapters for reluctant readers.

    Its got plenty of stories about what theyre currently going through even the school projects are right on target!

    The book is riddled with fashion designs and examples that all tweens will adore and that makes it MUCH easier for reluctant readers to enjoy.

    Every entry is a cute story with a plan on how to deal with it and sometimes, a what not to do. ;)

    The entire book reinforces a need for God in our daily life and in every situation.

    What I didnt like: Im surrounded by tweens ;O (Not all my own) and they all want to read this both the avid & reluctant readers so either Im going to need to get more copies or were going to need to teach them to share again

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    Author: Angie Spady, Channing Everidge (Ills)

    Source: Shelton Interactive (Publicist)

    Grade: A

    Ages: 9-14

    Setting: Middle School! (6th Grade)

    Series: Desperate Diva Diaries, #1
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A girl is going to need a lot of prayer to survive middle school!
    December 1, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries, comes a great alternative for girls in Middle School who want something with a spiritual message tucked inside. The Diva Diaries from author Angie Spady is just for girls who can relate to the things Catie Conrad has to deal with in going to Middle School.

    Her father supplied her with three journals, which he hopes she will find the love of writing her thoughts in them as much as he enjoyed writing for the newspaper, but Catie was hoping that he might have found a least a good zit zapper instead. However she finds that writing down what she is going through in school might not be so bad. Her best friend is Sophie, who is always looking out for her best interests and keeps her on the spiritual path while the two dream up spa inspired recipes for body lotion and bubble bath when they have sleepovers.

    Catie is challenged to get along with her younger brother, Jeremy, whom she lovingly refers to as the "Germ." He has a pet skunk as a pet named Rosie he doesn't go anywhere without. Her nemesis in school is Miranda Maroni, who is the ultimate popular girl in school who has everything going for her including the same interest in Josh Henderson, the boy both girls are hoping will ask them to the upcoming dance. Catie dreams of one day becoming a big name fashionista and shares her ideas in her diary along with all her frustrations only a teenager girl would understand.

    I received The Diva Diaries-Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters by Angie Spady and illustrated by Channing Everidge compliments of Shelton Interactive and B and H Publishing Group for my honest review. In exchange for a free copy of the book, I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I only wish I had a book like this when I was younger. It reminded me of Beverly Clearly and the books about Ramona and Beezus, but this one has an uplifting message inside. While Catie struggles to put her faith in action, she remembers why it is necessary to pray for others and even serve in the mission field. It helps her understand how things like what dress you will get for the dance or even buying the latest smart phone relates in the bigger scheme of life. I can't wait to pick this entire series as it becomes available for my niece whom I know will absolutely LOVE this one as much as I did. Hands down a 5 out of 5 perfect stars!
  5. Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read for Middle School Girls!
    October 13, 2014
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I wanted to read something outside my typical norm and am so glad I decided to read this one! "Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters" is a great read for middle school girls! It is not only hilarious, but girls will easily be able to relate to the frustrations of Catie. Shes real with her emotions when writing them down in her diary.

    The drawings were definitely an added bonus to the story. I love Caties creativity in designing different clothes. It was even cooler to see her actually make them!

    Another added bonus to this story was the strong spiritual message. Catie had real struggles, but yet she did her best to bring it to God in prayer (despite if she didnt like the person/situation). I also loved how she tried to remember Bible verses to help her through things.

    "Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters" is a perfect book for middle school girls who can read about someone they can not only relate too, but also see an example of serving/living for Jesus in everyday life!

    *(I received this book from B&H Kids Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
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