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Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #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 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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Overview

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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When things aren't going right at middle school, Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley decides to literally roll the dice on his future. He soon discovers that his great experiment might not solve every problem instantly, but it certainly does enliven his whole life! A fun-packed installment of a fan-favorite illustrated series; editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
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. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-22
In this eighth outing for Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley, he copes with the aftereffects of having unwittingly matched up best friend Rowley with Abigail in his previous outing (The Third Wheel, 2012).Readers who have experienced the ebbs and flows of middle school friendships might be inclined to feel sorry for Greg, except that all his reasons for his new unhappiness are so characteristically selfish. With Rowley gaga over Abigail, Greg now has to walk to school alone, losing his dog-poop scout and pack horse, for instance. Readers will have to squint between the lines for evidence of real emotion. As always, Kinney gets in a dig or two at the idiocies of modern education, snarking at ball-game bans in the name of safety and lame efforts to reduce bullying. Also as always, the plot meanders, taking Greg and readers from the middle school ecosystem to Easter at Gramma's for a look at extended-family anthropology before tackling science-fair stress. Greg's reliance on a Magic 8 Ball for all decision-making is good for some yuks, as is his discovery of a secret shelf of parenting books in the back of his mom's closet: Tellingly, amid such titles as Making Them Love Reading, Taming Your Defiant Child and Parenting Picky Eaters is Raising Decent Human Beings.By the end of the book, Greg may have taken a microscopic step or two toward becoming a decent human being, but as usual, it's mostly despite his best efforts. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419711329
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series , #8
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,499
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Biography

All his life, Jeff Kinney wanted to be a cartoonist. As a student at the University of Maryland in the 1990s, he published his comic strip "Igdoof" in the college newspaper, but he soon discovered that succeeding in the real world as a syndicated cartoonist is no easy task. So, after school, he supported himself as a newspaper designer and computer programmer, while working out ideas for a children's book that combined cartoons with conventional storytelling.

Once he conceived the concept for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kinney devoted nearly six years to developing the storyline and artwork. Fashioned as a journal with appealing, expressive stick figure drawings on every page, Diary is narrated in the pitch-perfect (and hilariously deadpan) voice of a not-always-likeable but totally believable tweener named Greg Heffley. Poised to make the painful transition from elementary to middle school, Greg struggles with the usual preteen angst: bullies and cliques, annoying siblings and clueless parents, faithful friends and cute, unattainable girls.

Although Kinney never intended to publish his book online, when the opportunity arose to serialize Greg's adventures on Funbrain.com, he knew he'd found the perfect way to reach his target audience. In 2004, the comic strip began appearing in daily installments on the website. The feature was a huge hit, attracting thousands of hits a day. Moreover, the online version paved the way to Kinney's five-book deal with the publisher Harry N. Abrams.

Armed with fresh, new story lines, Kinney launched the print sequence in 2007. From the very first installment, entitled simply Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the series was a success -- especially with reluctant readers who found the diary-with-doodles format far more accessible than conventional books. Greg, with his hilarious antics, backfiring schemes, and totally unfiltered thoughts (his mom has agreed not to read what he writes!), has struck a responsive chord -- both with kids who identify with his growing pains and with grownups who vividly recall their own.

Good To Know

  • Jeff Kinney claims that he writes for kids because he believes the most interesting and funniest stories come from people's childhoods.

  • In an interview with familyeducation.com, Kinney was asked which he liked more: writing or drawing cartoons. He answered this way: " Both writing and drawing are a struggle for me. I am cursed with being a very slow illustrator, and this book requires at least 1,000 illustrations. So sometimes, the joy of illustrating is a bit diminished by the amount of time that illustrating takes. What I enjoy is seeing the words and illustrations come together on the page."

  • Kinney knew he'd made the grade when Diary of a Wimpy Kid was chosen to appear as a plot point on the popular Disney-produced preteen series Wizards of Waverly Place.

  • Kinney deliberately avoids putting pop culture references into his stories because he wants them to have a timeless feel. He hopes readers will be able to pick his books up 20 years from now and still be able to relate to themes.
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      1. Hometown:
        Southern Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1971
      2. Place of Birth:
        Maryland
      1. Education:
        University of Maryland
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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 27, 2013

      Diary of a wimpy kid

      Sooooooooooooooooooooo good

      422 out of 789 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 8, 2013

      I can't wait!

      I can't wait for it to come out! I have all the books and movies and the books are amazing! Jeff Kinney is awesome! I'm so excited!

      368 out of 514 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 16, 2013

      Awsome gurl

      Best book ever

      316 out of 524 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 27, 2013

      Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      If you like diary of a wimpy kid , read this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! , without that much excitement.

      232 out of 378 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2013

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      WILL NOT LOAD!!!!!!

      170 out of 375 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2013

      Awesome

      This book is amazing! You must read the wimpy kid series!

      157 out of 198 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2013

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid

      Good book what u need to do if it doesn't load is shut your nook all the way down and when you turn it back on click on it again and it will load

      125 out of 156 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 6, 2013

      Love it

      I love the diary of a wimpy kid books every time theres a new one i pre order it and i have read thr seires 3 times i would strongly recomend the books to kids and adults of all ages

      98 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2013

      OMG

      Helpit wont load

      94 out of 221 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2013

      Boring

      I've been waiting for 30 minutes to load and hasent even got to 1 percent

      71 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 9, 2013

      Really!!!!

      I'm sorry, but this book will not load if you buy it! I did not listen and I wasted my money! Please listen! don't waste ypur money1

      58 out of 95 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2013

      :(

      Will not load!

      57 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2013

      ummmm! omg Great series! you must buy these books

      ummmm! omg Great series! you must buy these books

      57 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2013

      WONT LOAD

      can someone help me with this thing it won't load and I've tried everythinG

      51 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2013

      Random

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck is a wonderful book.

      47 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2013

      It will not lode its a waste of mony

      It makes me mad cuz it will not lode

      47 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 6, 2013

      Good

      This is a very intresting book to read

      42 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2013

      Good books

      Love it!!!

      40 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 16, 2013

      Terrible

      It wouldn't even load one percent, don't waste your money

      37 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 9, 2013

      Horrible

      It will not load

      37 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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