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The Ugly Truth

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

By Jeff Kinney

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Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Published In: AUS, 11 September 2010
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really it's cracked up to be?

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older - all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side.

Find out in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 5 if Greg can make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the 'ugly truth'?

About the Author

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a five-time Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winner for Favourite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine's 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

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"See, when you're a little kid, nobody ever warns you that you've got an expiration date. One day you're hot stuff and the next day you're a dirt sandwich," Greg Heffley tells readers partway into this fifth installment of Kinney's bestselling Wimpy Kid series. There's a noticeable feeling of transition in this outing as Greg negotiates a sour patch with longtime best friend Rowley, his mother's decision to go back to school, the imminence of puberty (and dreaded accompanying discussions at home and at school), and the fact that one can't stay a child forever-despite evidence to the contrary provided by Greg's Uncle Gary, who's embarking on his fourth marriage. Although there is perhaps less of a central focus in this book than in some of its predecessors, the sense that "all good things must come to an end" emerges, something that inevitably will be true of the series itself at some point. But Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold-he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon. Ages 8-12. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

The fifth thousand-pound gorilla of this kid-fave series is reportedly about Greg and Rowley's friendship. Some 30-plus million of the first four have been sold worldwide-about eight percent of Harry Potter, which isn't bad.-Martha Cornog, "Graphic Novels Prepub Alert," BookSmack! 7/15/2010 Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780143304999
ISBN: 0143304992
Publisher: Puffin
Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 1.7 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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Joe Dal Bosco on
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Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really it's cracked up to be?

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older - all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side.

Really enjoyable books to read
Monique Pogson on
 
The Diary of a wimpy kid series is greatly loved in our house! Everyone from ages 9 - 16 have read it and had a giggle (or a guffaw!) at the adventures this kid gets up to. Great layout aswell - it looks like a real diary ('handwritten') with little cartoon drawing in the pages too. Would definitely recommend this as a great present for kids. it is easy to read & funny!!
Nicola Peake on
 
My 8 year old daughter loved this book and cant wait to read more from this series. Highly recommend for that age group.
Robert Fowler on
 
What a great series - my boys 11 and 13 can't wait for next one in the series. Every time we are shopping they want to know when we can buy the next one. The boys love it
Hayley Adams on
 
What a fun movie that was produced around this story, and with the book it is still as good. A great story line where the moral is for kids "don't try to grow up too fast". Being a kid for as long as possible is worth it, and things do get tougher as you get older. Greg loses his long time friend because Greg doesn't feel his friend is cool enough for him as he tries to act as though he is older than he actually is. Worth seeing the movie, and worth reading the book.

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