Download Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 13 – The Meltdown

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Download Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 13 by Jeff Kinney – From Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 13: When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. 


It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?



My kids were looking forward to this book. I always read these books first, though. Though the content of the Wimpy books walks the line of kids’ behavior and innocent silliness sometimes, we talk about it together. My kids are upper elementary, so Third Wheel didn’t make the cut either. But this particular story troubled me more, so it won’t be in the hands of my kids this round either. Captions that say, “In your butt”; peeing or pooping in public with other kids watching; getting into a grandparent’s house without permission while she’s away for winter to eat her snacks, turn on a furnace, and watch her TV (who pays the bill?); to throw a snowball inside a school bus toward the driver; to be bullied and terrorized; to set up turf wars, not just for snowball fun but with real fear of others in other parts of a neighborhood (or socio level); mom having a private talk with him about boys’ normal fantasies when she catches them jumping around together in their underwear; packing yellow snow or dog feces to throw on kids for fun; stereotypes of boys being horrible and utterly stupid in school while girls are perfect… all of it bugged me this time. 98% just not funny. The only thing I found truly sweet was when he forgot to dress in a cultural costume for a social studies country report, and chose to raid the lost and found closet to create something to pass, only to have people from the actual country present for the presentation. Sweet and innocent hilarity and embarrassment there. Oh, loved the girls’ driveway clearing business too. Come on, Jeff. Kids, teachers, and parents need you more. Do better.


First the good. This book lets kids see that it’s okay to complain about some of the things they might be experiencing (although Greg has way more complaints than most). Greg gets himself into trouble a lot. It will make readers laugh – how could you not? And, it’s a good transition book for reluctant readers since there are lots of pictures and the author capitalizes words regularly to show where the emphasis should be placed. For parents, there’s a nice vocabulary range (a few borderline words, too.)

The negative. A caution for the author and the reason I rated this a 1: Where Greg’s complaining about people at his school, including the guy whose sweater has the same stains every day, and the girl who has lice and spreads it? I think that no youngster wants to go to school every day with the same stains on their sweater, and no child willingly or knowingly spreads lice. Not every house or apartment has a washing machine and many schools have homeless kids. Also, some parents work two and three jobs and are too tired to see to all of their kids’ needs. Sad, but it’s the reality and we need to be sensitive to this. So criticizing these kids, making fun of them; not good. Also, I think I would have liked the book better if maybe, just once or twice, Gregory did something nice for others. He thinks about his needs first, as many in his age group do…but there are also many kids whose parents have taught them to do the occasional good deed. I’ve seen many mischievous kids do nice things. As a writer with the huge audience author Kinney has, he has a chance to set an example and show readers that even misfits can do good things. And, wonder of wonders, they may even (begrudgingly) feel good about themselves. We can still laugh at the many scrapes Gregory gets into, but please, let’s see the good side of his humanity, too.

About the Author

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA TodayNew York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October 2018, and was a #1 bestselling book. His latest book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, was published in April 2019. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

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