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Hard Luck
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Hard Luck
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 8

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?

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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  • Lexile:
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  • Text Difficulty:
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About the Author-
  • 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.

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  • DOGO Books toxictiger - I likr this book very much. It is very funny, even though I think that Greg and Rowley, best friends, are seperated too much, and you can´t live the adventures like you did in the series before. I think Jeff Kinney is an amazing author, knows how to grab the audience. The book has a very enjoyable sense of humour, and it fits to everyone who reads this book. I like how Jeff Kinney talks as if he was Greg, in a children´s way. He always has new ideas, and this book makes it to a highlight. think this book fits to everyone, because it has things that the reader lives through in the everyday life. The book would be better, and every other book of these series to, if Rowley is not the only friend of Greg. I think Greg could 1 or 2 other ones, so you have a little variety. If you read this book you can´t close the book and want to know what is written on the next page. This inspires all of us to read more. I also think that Greg also could change his personality a little, because if he always has the same personality it gets a little boring. I think everybody knows why this book has received the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. But you should not only rate this book on the style of writing. It also has very nice illustrations by Jeff Kinney, that kind of awake this book to life.I hope you enjoy this book after you read it. I think this book is clearly an essential:-) Hafe fun!!!
  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 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.

  • Kirkus

    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) COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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