Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8)

by Jeff Kinney (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
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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Publisher's Weekly

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.)

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This book was really really good, it was better. than I thought.

It was good but my favorite part was when everyone was complaining about a ring was missing but then Greg finds it and hides it from everybody just so he could sell it just when he was low on money.

This book is amazing

The book is a great book where Greg Heffley’s luck is just terrible, will Greg’s luck get better? Or will he just have hard luck? Find out when you read the book.

Hard Luck(Diary of a wimpy kid #8)

I like it because it is funny and greg has bad luck it has a picture I just like it is great

Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Awesome Friendly Kid series. He is a six-time Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winner for Favorite Book and has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, DC, area and moved to New England, where he and his wife own a bookstore named An Unlikely Story.
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Harry N. Abrams
Publication date
November 05, 2013
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Middle schools
Golden Archer Award
Garden State Children's Book Awards

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