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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal: "Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship." (Book Description)

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series consists of five books with a sixth being released in November 2011. If you liked the first book in the series, Greg Heffley's Journal, you should definitely read all of the books in the series.

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