Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16)

by Jeff Kinney (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
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Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix.

After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball.

Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?
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Kinney's fondness for these characters shines through in this accomplished installment. . .The gags are good, the characters endear, and the story crackles. . .Another winning shot for the well-oiled Wimpy Kid machine.

This book is awesome

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Wimpy kid big shot is the best because it is funny.

THis book is awesome

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I think the book is good and is different from the others because greg has good luck.


I thought big shot was a really good book because Greg's mom was pushing him to join a sport so he decided to sign up for basketball. He tried to fail tryouts but he ended up on a team. So he is a middle school kid who has to play a season but he and his team arnt that good but he has 1 actual good player on his team that carry all of the other players on Greg's team.

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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Amulet Books
Publication date
October 26, 2021
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
Library of Congress categories

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