The Third Wheel

Jeff Kinney, Author
Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet, $13.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0584-7
Reviewed on: 12/03/2012
Release date: 11/13/2012
Ebook - 217 pages - 978-1-61312-450-5
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Hardcover - 217 pages - 978-1-4517-5772-9
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Seven books into the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Kinney isn't messing with a good thing, and he continues to mine middle-school life for comedic gold. He doesn't appear to be in danger of running out of material, either, covering everything from school elections and chocolate bar fundraisers ("[A] lot of families like mine had to write a check to the school just to cover the cost of the candy bars their children ate," Greg says. "It's possible that nobody sold a single candy bar") to the traumas of "family-style" restaurants and Bring Your Child to Work Day. Greg even gives readers a glimpse of his (much) younger years, including his memories of life in the womb ("[A]fter being hit by the cold air the blinding lights of the delivery room, I wish I'd just stayed put"). Fans will continue to enjoy Greg's ongoing efforts to come out on top, whether trying to secure a private bathroom stall at school or a date for the Valentine's Day dance. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sylvie Rabineau, RWSG Agency. (Nov.)
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