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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Five

Greg faces The Ugly Truth in middle school

By Ryan Davenport | December 13 , 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Author: Jeff Kinney
Publisher/Release Date: Amulet Books/November 9, 2010
Recommended Reading Level: Ages 9 to 12

Greg Heffley is growing up and, boy, is it painful! In author Jeff Kinney's latest book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Greg comes face to face with middle school, boy-girl parties, puberty, and life without his best friend Rowley Jefferson. He also has to deal with some pretty strict parents.

The fifth book in Kinney's series is also one of the funniest. It is easy to read and the pictures on every page made me laugh out loud. I would recommend this book to a friend because Greg was so real, it was like getting to know someone in my own school.

It is important to understand that this is Greg's diary — although he would much rather have it called a "journal" — of his daily events. You will follow Greg as he deals with having to wear head gear to school, having to wake himself up in the mornings (his mother has gone back to school!), while dealing with a breach in his friendship with Rowley.

Will the boys overcome their differences? Will Greg get a new friend? And what is the "ugly truth" he will have to face? You can find out when you read it yourself!

And don't worry. If you haven't read the other four books in the series, The Ugly Truth stands alone just fine. Be prepared to fall in love with it and want to go back and read all the rest.

Be sure to check out Kid Reporter Ryan Davenport's interview with the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney!


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