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Featured books by Jeff Kinney

Being a "tween" is never easy, especially if you're Greg Heffley. Greg's diary entries — in a handwritten style on lined pages accompanied by comical line drawings — prove it, too. Read them in order from one to 7 or not, but the Wimpy Kid series is sure to make chuckles abound.

Cabin Fever

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Greg Heffley thinks kids who don't celebrate Christmas have it much better; they don't have to behave between Thanksgiving and the time Santa comes! Greg's concerns about his conduct, his family's traditions, and possible trouble at school make for a memorable tale.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Greg Heffley's mom makes him keep a journal — NOT a diary! — Greg forcefully asserts. In his journal, Greg uses words and comics to recount life in middle school beginning at the end of summer school. Greg's voice and stick figures ring true and set the tenor for tales told in other Wimpy Kid books.

Dog Days

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Summer, according to Greg, is all about video games and other indoor activities. His mom does not agree, however. Of course, that Greg had a falling out with his best buddy doesn't help calm his mother's enthusiasm for getting Greg involved in other things. Another recognizable saga comes to life in word and comics.

Rodrick Rules

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Will Greg's older brother, Rodrick, reveal Greg's most embarrassing moment to the world? It's a real possibility as the school year starts and Greg's diary (aka journal) goes missing. Greg's cartoon line drawings and journal entries reveal Greg's (often self-made) disasters with deadpan humor.

The Last Straw

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Greg doesn't think he needs a resolution for the New Year; he'd be hard to improve on. But he's not sure his parents agree. Once again, family and school lives are revealed with ardent honesty through Greg's voice and comic drawings.

The Third Wheel

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A lot can happen when friends go to a Valentine's Day dance together — and it's not always expected! Greg's diary entries and line drawings again present the angst of middle school and familiar problems of growing up.

The Ugly Truth

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Being a kid isn't easy, especially if — like Greg — you feel teenage-hood creeping up. Over the summer Greg and his best buddy Rowley had a fight. Rowley's new friend is older which is cool and the cool factor is critical. Spot-on observations add another laugh-out-loud installment.

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

By: Jeff Kinney
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Readers are introduced to activities and journaling in the style of Greg Heffley's journal. Even those not familiar with the exploits of the comical journalist will enjoy filling in the pages of this book.

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"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney