Old School

Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet, $13.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-4197-1701-7
"Mom says the problem with society these days is everybody's got their nose in a screen, and nobody takes the time to get to know the people who live around them," laments Greg Heffley, who reluctantly kicks it old school in this 10th installment of the über-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. When Mrs. Heffley gets the town to unplug for 48 hours, Greg tries (but naturally fails) to cash in on neighborhood foot traffic with a lemonade stand ("One guy had a problem with the fact that we were using the same glass for every customer"). Grandpa, who has moved in with the Heffleys to save money, is also full of "back in the day" stories; Greg and Rowley finally try playing kick-the-can, but quit of boredom after 30 seconds. A weeklong trip to "Hardscrabble Farm," where Greg and his classmates sleep in primitive cabins and do chores, is the final affront, though it reveals that Greg may come by his artful dodging honestly. Kinney's fans will find the same winning formula: at least one joke every two pages. Expect readers to line up for Greg's latest. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sylvie Rabineau, RWSG Literary Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/09/2015
Release date: 11/01/2015
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 220 pages - 978-89-378-3778-4
Hardcover - 221 pages - 978-4-591-14720-7
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