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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 8 - HARD LUCK - 9780141358093 [CLONE]

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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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The book starts with Greg writing about how his mother is always saying that "friends will come and go but family is forever." Greg doesn't believe that, since his friend, Rowley, now has a girlfriend named Abigail, continuing from the events of the last book. Ever since then, Rowley has been acting different, such as refusing to hang out with Greg and agreeing with everything Abigail says.

Greg has been getting bored without Rowley, so his mother tells him to "branch out" and make friends with the kids in the neighborhood. He decides to become friends with Fregley, since he could "mold him into EXACTLY the type of friend [he] need[s]." Greg tries to get Fregley to do funny things during lunch, and Fregley then becomes popular after the other kids find out that he can "chew" food with his belly button.[6]

Greg's mother announces that her extended family will come to town for Easter. Greg then writes about some of his family members, including Meemaw, who organized egg hunts in the backyard. On Easter, the family notices through a photo album that Meemaw has hidden her diamond ring in an egg, and everyone rushes out to find it, although the search is unsuccessful.

Greg decides to join an after-school activity, and with the help of a Magic 8-Ball he found on Easter, he becomes a member of the Yearbook Club. The next day, Greg accidentally drops his Magic 8-Ball, and it breaks. Greg is called to the yearbook office to take yearbook photos of Fregley (Most Popular) and Rowley and Abigail (Cutest Couple). He then resigns from his position.

Greg throws his broken Magic 8-Ball into his grandmother's yard. At school, he learns that Rowley and Abigail have broken up. Greg wonders if he and Rowley should be friends again. He goes back to the Magic 8-Ball, hoping to get "one last good answer," and finds the plastic egg with Meemaw's ring. To avoid breaking up his family, he hides the egg in his mother's closet.

Greg concludes that he has to make big decisions on his own, and reconciles with Rowley. He writes, "I know Mom's always saying that friends come and go and family is forever, and maybe that's true. [...] I'm sure me and Rowley will get in another fight somewhere down the road and then we'll go through this drama all over again. But for now, we're good."

Product details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books; Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8th Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches

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