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Rachel Renée Russell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dork Diaries, an international blockbuster series chronicling the life and misadventures of Nikki Maxwell, a middle school student. With humor and wit, Rachel’s books encourage tweens to be confident, positive, embrace their individuality and always let their inner Dork shine through. The Dork Diaries series has spent over 262 weeks on the New York Times best sellers list and has been translated into more than 42 languages worldwide. With more than 45 million books in print, the series has garnered such honors as two Children's Choice Book Awards (2010 and 2013), an NAACP Image Award For Outstanding Literary Work For Children (2015), and a nomination for the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Book of the Year Award (2011).  Rachel wrote a second New York Times bestselling series, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, which received a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2017. She continues to write both series and has plans to launch a new book over the coming months.

Rachel graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a B.A. in Psychology and Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit, Michigan. Upon graduation, she got married and had two daughters.  Rachel practiced consumer bankruptcy law for 20 years before starting her writing career which was inspired by the experiences of her daughters.