external image 9e6f519813a5d22592f4c7455414141414c3441.jpgDiary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books, 2007
217 pages

Annotation: Greg Heffley battles girls, bullies, teachers and parents to survive his middle school year.

Topics: friendship, middle school

Thematic statement: Middle school stinks.

Range of appeal: Grades 5-8

Plot: Greg and Rowley are best friends in middle school, despite their differences. Greg is more concerned with popularity and getting noticed by girls. Rowley is oblivious to the rules of popularity and cares about reading comic books. As the year progresses, Greg and Rowley grow further apart until Greg lets Rowley take the blame for something he did: terrorizing kindergartners while walking them home. Soon Rowley is hanging out with other friends and writing a comic for the school newspaper he and Greg created together, while Greg is struggling to find a "back up friend." Will anything bring Greg and Rowley back together.

Evaluation/ Mini-rationale: It's hard to tie down a major overarching theme in this book. Greg and his best friend Rowley grow distant throughout the book, but end up renewing their friendship at the end of the book. The fact that the sections were first published as a blog/diary may have caused this.

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Additional notes: First book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

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