Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (Book 8)
On Easter , he finds a Magic 8-Ball and attempts to change his luck by using it to make decisions for him. Hard Luck received generally positive reviews from critics and was the bestselling book of Hard Luck is the eighth installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. The series follows a middle school student named Greg Heffley and the various problems he encounters. The book is outlined with simple, black-and-white illustrations.
Hard Luck opens with Greg recalling his mother's words that "friends will come and go but family is forever. Getting bored without Rowley, Greg takes his mother's advice to "branch out" and meet the kids in the neighborhood.
He chooses to befriend a strange kid named Fregley. After Greg tries to get him to be funny during lunch, Fregley becomes popular with other students when they find out that he can "chew" food with his belly button.
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After school, Greg's mother announces that her extended family will come to town for Easter. Greg talks about Meemaw, one of his relatives, who organized egg hunts in the backyard.
On Easter, the family notices a discrepancy between photos in an album; an image of Meemaw putting objects in eggs depicts her wearing a diamond ring, although she is not wearing it in a later photograph.
They realize that she hid her ring in an Easter egg and rush to find it, although the search is unsuccessful.
Greg's mother hopes that nobody locates it, worrying that someone will sell the ring for money and divide the family. On Easter , Greg discovers a Magic 8-Ball toy. He uses it to make decisions and ends up joining the Yearbook Club at his middle school.
The next day, Greg accidentally drops his Magic 8-Ball, breaking it. This causes him to resign from his position.
Finding it useless, Greg throws his Magic 8-Ball into his grandmother's yard. After finding out 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 that it is still functional.
As he is about to shake it, he notices the plastic egg with Meemaw's diamond ring in it. He is worried that his family will start fighting over the ring as his mother predicts, so 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.
But for now, we're good. Teaser artwork for Hard Luck , depicting Greg Heffley holding an umbrella while Magic 8-Balls fall around him, was released in March Kinney later stated that he found it challenging to write for one of the book's characters, Rowley's girlfriend Abigail, as she was "meant to be a placeholder for a girlfriend rather than a fully developed character" and that "[i]t was a little tricky trying to figure out how to write for a character that hardly has any dialogue and not much of a personality.
She's just a stand-in for a threat to Greg's and Rowley's friendship. On the subject of the book's cover, Kinney stated that he chose the color green because the book takes place in Spring and "the green in the Irish flag symbolizes the luck of the Irish.
Hard Luck sold 1. Hard Luck received generally positive reviews from critics. Irish Independent praised the book for its "laugh-out-loud scenes," such as when Greg worries about "get[ting] baked alive like a microwave burrito. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 February Archived from the original on 5 April Retrieved 25 March LA Times.
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