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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 8
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Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to...
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to...
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  • Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 11, 2013
    Is Greg Heffley’s self-absorption catching up with him? Maybe so, since he spends much of the eighth book in Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series bemoaning his lack of friends. Rowley, his former right-hand man/doormat, is occupied with his new girlfriend, and Greg is so desperate for companionship that he even tries befriending class weirdo Fregley. “I could mold him into exactly the kind of friend I wanted,” says Greg, who’s basically looking for someone to lug his schoolbooks around and “scout ahead for dog poop” on the sidewalk. Clashes with Greg’s extended family also figure in, as does Greg’s discovery of a Magic 8-Ball. Kinney once again gets in plenty of funny jabs at pop culture and everyday kid life, from poster board science fair projects (“Does It Float?”) to Greg’s rediscovery of his flannel “Body Blankie,” which, while supremely comfortable, proves to be a liability during gym class. With Kinney sticking to the same school- and family-based brand of situational humor that made the previous books so popular, his legions of fans will likely devour this eighth offering as well. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sylvie Rabineau, RWSG Literary Agency.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2014

    Gr 3-7-Ramon de Ocampo again narrates the trials and tribulations of chronic navel-gazer Greg Heffley. The main theme in this series installment (Abrams, 2013) is the loss of a best friend due to that most dreaded event-a new girlfriend. Abigail is so controlling of everything Rowley does that Greg quickly decides he must find someone else to carry his school bag and protect him from dog poop. His quest proves mostly unsuccessful so he spends a lot of time at home, giving him plenty to complain about. Greg decides to let a Magic 8 Ball choose his actions, which, of course, leads to a number of difficult and amusing situations. De Ocampo does a wonderful job providing each character with very distinct voices and quirks. The pacing is excellent, and he has a knack for comic delivery. The books are starting to feel a bit the same, but fans will surely clamor for this recording.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Library, Santa Barbara, CA

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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