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The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

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by Jeff Kinney

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The highly anticipated fifth episode in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series arrives November 2010!


The highly anticipated fifth episode in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series arrives November 2010!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"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.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Life is hard, especially when you move into middle grades and have to deal with issues like best friends, puberty, girls and so much more. Can Greg navigate his way through the year without the help of his best friend, or should I say former best friend Rowley? The book opens with that issue facing Greg—he no longer has a best friend at his side and the prospects of finding a new one are not too promising. How will that end? Will he and Rowley be able to put aside their differences and be a team again? Home life presents its usual problems—family events, like the fourth marriage of one of his uncles and the sit-down chats with Gammie to learn about life and Mom's latest decision. Greg rationalizes by noting that Gammie has lived a long time so she probably knows a lot and the talk just might be worthwhile. Even though Gammie may have some good advice, it is still kind of scary to have a session with her. Mom has decided to go back to school and that creates a whole new set of issues with the new maid Isabella who turns out to not be very much help. All of the events are presented by Kinney's cartoon characters with their exaggerated features and depictions of situations that boys will really understand. Yes, this is a boy's book; and once they have read one, they will probably be hooked and so this fifth book in the series is bound to be a hit. It is a quick read and the cartoons are a perfect fit—my guess is that kids will read it more than once. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and five-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite 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 Plainville, Massachusetts, where he owns a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

Brief Biography

Southern Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1971
Place of Birth:
University of Maryland

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The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 499 reviews.
Batboy More than 1 year ago
Diary of A Wimpy Kid is one of the best books I've ever read. I would highly suggest that you read it too. It's a really good book. It's good for everybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This entire series is fantastic and I would highly recommend it to any parent who has a reluctant reader in their house. Sure, it's great for the highest of readers, too, and that's what a great author does. Similar to the Harry Potter series in that it appeals to a large group of readers, all the books were funny and dealt with humorous issues on so many levels of understanding. Funny for the 8-year-old and equally funny for the 13-year-old. I have a lot of trouble finding books for my 9-year-old son and he is very picky. This will be a sure hit. Another book I'd recommend to those of you in my situation would be "Did You Ever Wonder" by Brendan Lynch. It's one of those humorous books that my son loves. The day he got it he kept reading entries to my husband and I. I'm always on the hunt for books for him though so I'll keep searching!
_Book_Worm_55 More than 1 year ago
These books are very funny and fun to read. There so good I pre-ordered this book in January. All these books are funny and I am positive this will be just as good. (mabey the best of all)
erica922 More than 1 year ago
I love when I see my kids reading this book, they had so much fun laughing together, for a change :) and they have the collection. a g fun book to read and share with siblings and friends :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books and so has my family and we all enjoyed them all i can't wait till this one sells i am going to be the first one to buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS FUNNY, AND FUN TO READ. GREG and Rowley are funny in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book I would highly recomend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Fans I know all of you love this book and heres a tip for you it is a good and my friend all read all kids of good books so I would pufer to get this great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really, really good. All of them are so funny and a great read so you should totally get this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of his books are funny ,and this one will still will be funny.All the pages are funny my son read one of his books in like one day, great cartoon pictures and everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love diary of a wimpy kid even through teacher say its not good indepndent level
amanda2013 More than 1 year ago
Diary of A Wimpy Kid-The Ugly Truth, which was written by Jeff Kinney, was published in 2010. It was a funny book that young teens and even adults will enjoy. This book is the fifth one of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series. In this particular book, Greg Heffley, who is one of the main characters, deals with the absence of his ex-best friend, Rowley, as he begins another school year. Greg and Rowley were best friends before, but they got in a fight over their lawn service idea, which is talked about in the previous book. Greg tries to find other boys to befriend, but all them have their own groups of friends or are to weird for Greg to hangout with. His ex-best friend even has a new friend, who is someone that is part of a mentoring service, and Greg has a hard time grasping this concept. As Greg faces different scenarios throughout his middle school life, both at school and at home, he struggles not having his best friend by his side. He was in such a hurry to grow up, but now that he has no best friend he doesn’t know how to handle certain situations or how to fit in. Does Greg become friends with Rowley by the end of the book? Well you will just have to read it and see for yourself. You definitely won’t regret reading it.  I recently read this book with my sister who is in the fourth grade. Overall, I thought this book was funny and it definitely kept my sister and I engaged. While we were reading the book, we were constantly laughing or talking about how we could relate to Greg in different situations. It was hard for us to put the book down because we were so caught up in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to any young reader. The book had different pictures for different scenarios that Greg encountered, which helps readers mentally picture what is happening throughout the book. It has situations that young readers can relate to and this is a great characteristic about this series. I believe the authors aim was to attract young readers, while informing them about possible middle school experiences. Young readers will usually only read books that they can relate to or that interest them, and this is one of those book any child would enjoy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Book Ever! Try the last straw, even better!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool and inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that you should read each and every one of them with really good detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of 10 i give this book a 8 i like how it turns sideways to another point of view the other two point that were taking off was beacause the end of the middle was boaring
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.
MrAlphaReader More than 1 year ago
Me and my family have all the books including the do it yourself and the movie diary. I cant wait for this one to come out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is like sooooooooooooooo awesome! Ikr ( i know right)
footballfreak More than 1 year ago
The book Diary of a wimpy kid the ugly truth is by Jeff Kinney is a great book. In the beginning you meet the characters Greg Huffley and Rowley Jefferson. They are fighting and ended the friend ship in the beginning of the book. Greg goes to his first mixed girl boy parties at the school, and things turn out really bad. Greg is looking forward to a dentist appointment because he likes his dentist but his dad changes how Greg is going to see for his check up. I believe this is a humorous book and I think everyone should read it. One funny part is when Greg has to talk to his grandmother about the changes he will be experiencing. Another is when he thinks he will be a grooms man and becomes the assistant flower boy. You might want to start at the beginning of the series because the first couple will give you more off an idea of who the characters are. I believe it is a truly great book. If you like humor you will probably love this book I know I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was cool and i liked it see ya!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a GREAT Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had it at home but my school library has it and it is very funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rachaa-Fishy More than 1 year ago
I'm really exited to get this book. I'm buying it today. But really people you can't give it a 5 star rating if you haven't even read the dang book! I know it will probably be good but I don't know so 4 stars just because I don't know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so excited to read this book