The Ugly Truth
The Ugly Truth

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Series: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Vol. 5   

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Annotation: While trying to find a new best friend after feuding with Rowley, middle-school slacker Greg Heffley is warned by older family members that adolescence is a time to act more responsibly and to think seriously about his future.
Catalog Number: #48097
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 217 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8109-8491-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-48340-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8109-8491-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-48340-8
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
In his latest diary, the fifth in the mega-best-selling Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley, star of page and screen, proves indisputably that "when it comes right down to it, middle-schoolers are just a bunch of wild animals." It's a jungle out there for sure, and the key components are farting, pimples, family gatherings, headgear, fatherly homework help, lousy aim in the bathroom, and, of course, girls. Greg's main focus as the school year gets under way is replacing his best friend, Rowley, with whom he had a falling out over the summer. Although he has not reached full-blown puberty quite yet, Greg feels as if he's hit his childhood "expiration date," and when you're no longer a cute kid, nothing is as easy as it used to be. Once again, Kinney remains unerringly attuned to the tween psyche as he packs in rapid-fire experiences in words and cartoons that are bust-a-gut funny, beg-to-stay-home-from-school mortifying, and completely authentic in all their ugly truths.
Horn Book
Greg, fighting with Rowley, tries for new friends. Preoccupied with puberty, Greg wishes his immature classmates would outgrow their "wild animals" phase. Thin plotting makes the story's resolution almost an afterthought. However, as usual, visual and verbal humor abound, and the issue of puberty is discussed honestly without going into details that might make readers (or their parents) squeamish.
Publishers Weekly
See, when you're a little kid, nobody ever warns you that you've got an expiration date. One day you're hot stuff and the next day you're a dirt sandwich, Greg Heffley tells readers partway into this fifth installment of Kinney's bestselling Wimpy Kid series. There's a noticeable feeling of transition in this outing as Greg negotiates a sour patch with longtime best friend Rowley, his mother's decision to go back to school, the imminence of puberty (and dreaded accompanying discussions at home and at school), and the fact that one can't stay a child forever%E2%80%94despite evidence to the contrary provided by Greg's Uncle Gary, who's embarking on his fourth marriage. Although there is perhaps less of a central focus in this book than in some of its predecessors, the sense that ""all good things must come to an end"" emerges, something that inevitably will be true of the series itself at some point. But Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold%E2%80%94he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon. Ages 8%E2%80%9312. (Nov.)%0D
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Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Word Count: 18,979
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 140879 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.5 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q52064
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

Discussion Guide: Ugly Truth Discussion Guide

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be? Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older--all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the "ugly truth"?


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