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Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Old School and What it's Like to Meet Jeff Kinney on Good Morning America

This post is written by one of our younger readers.

I’m Zachary, and recently I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Kinney, going on Good Morning America, and getting his new book the day it was released. The book is called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, and is his tenth book in the series. Old School has two main plots. In one of them, Greg’s mom is trying to make his town go technology-free, but he has other plans. While his mom starts arranging park cleanups and volunteer gardens, Greg is just trying to escape
embarrassment. The other plot is Greg goes on a week-long trip with the rest of his grade to a forest in the middle of nowhere. From running away with a nerd and a criminal, to setting up an NRG water stand (explained in the book), to escaping Silas Scratch, Jeff’s newest installment of the series is a must read. Overall, it was not as good as the other books, but still made me laugh. It felt kind of like Jeff was starting to run out of ideas, and therefore having each book about one or two things.

Click here to see the Jeff Kinney segment on Good Morning America

Being on GMA will forever change my perspective on TV. I now know that people only clap because someone’s there telling them to, or that people don’t ever memorize their scripts, they are visible to them on the teleprompter. Over the ceiling there was a whole lighting system, and it was super cool. I also got to meet Jeff in person and get a copy of one of his books and got it signed RIGHT THERE!
Jeff Kinney signs Zachary's book. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Overall, it was an amazing experience and you can read about it and see more pictures here.

Jeff Kinney wrote the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book in 2006. Before he got famous for that series, he wrote a comic called Igdoof in the school newspaper in college. Another thing he's famous for is the popular kids' game Poptropica. Later he got a movie deal to make a Wimpy Kid movie, followed by the sequel, Rodrick Rules. When he was signing my book, he mentioned he had a kid my age, 12. Overall, he is immensely popular and you should check him out.

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