See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. No talk in this installment about how Greg's keeping this diary and how it helps him. But he does join the yearbook committee and learn how to manipulate pictures on his computer -- in an unflattering way, of course -- but it may encourage kids to get creative with fun photo software. It's a mixed bag of messages. Hard Luck is heavy on the potty humor, for one.
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This article contains major plot spoilers! The wiki is not responsible if you read the article without looking at this message and get upset that the plot was spoiled for you. It was released worldwide on Tuesday, November 5, Greg Heffley is upset over losing Rowley Jefferson as his best friend, though his mother tries to cheer him up by telling him that friends come and go. There were many things Greg and Rowley used to do together, such as blow bubbles in chocolate milk cartons that they can't do now because Abigail is so strict about it.
Greg doesn't like how Abigail is trying to "shape" Rowley, and even believes she is starting to use him. Greg states that it gets to the point where Rowley isn't allowed his own opinions anymore and is simply just following Abigail's. Many plans, such as a snowball fight on a nice day, haven't gone ahead, and when Greg confronts Rowley, he taunts Greg by telling him he's just jealous that he has a girlfriend.
Rowley was the only one who could bail Greg out of the fact his English teacher, Mr. Blakely only accepts essays written in cursive. Also, Rowley would scout ahead and check for any dog poop whilst they are walking to school, but without Rowley, Greg is having to watch out for the poop himself and avoid Rebel. Greg finds a solution to his luggage problem - a roller bag.
He is able to go to school fast, but there are a few dangers between home and school, such as an angry neighbor whose front lawn got ripped up as a result of a game Greg and Rowley played last winter, and woods full of the Mingo kids, who live in the woods and act like wild animals.
Mom notices Greg and Rowley have stopped hanging out and gives Greg some advice. Greg, after reading a hundred editions of Slumber Party Pals , realizes that girl friendships and boy friendships are different and befriends Fregley. He then explains things to Fregley about his lunch table like the Five-Second Rule where anyone can eat anything if it is not on the ground for five or more seconds.
One rule was made. Freddie Harlahan ate a ham, then he got sick. Then he explains the problems in his lunchroom, he criticizes the burger and fries that they get. Greg and Rowley once went cycling in the basketball court and a kid called Leon Feast used to kick them out of it and bully them because he wanted to play basketball with his friends.
Greg and Rowley saw fliers for " The Superhero Training Academy " and decided to go, which they thought would help them stand up to Leon, but it turned out to be a scam for little children. Then they learn that their "powers" were totally useless. Greg then talks about the different groups of people who hang out in recess, including Erick Glick , a kid who hangs around with his "sketchy" friends and he would give any person an old book report or homework assignment if they pay him enough money.
No kid came, but a teacher Mr. Nern came and played checkers with him. Greg then starts feeling bad that even his younger brother Manny has a friend his grandfather also has a girlfriend and lots of women trying to win him over, as "men are outnumbered by women ten to one" he explains how Susan tries to get Greg to make friends by having him have a playdate with her old mate's son who was a high school senior.
She gives Greg advice to make friends and be popular but these didn't help Greg since it was not what was considered popular in Greg's school. Then the school came up with a system called " Hero Points " which was awarded to a child if they were found being kind to someone else and these could be exchanged for prizes and the class with the most Hero Points would get a day off at the last day of school in June.
Kids started faking good deeds whenever the teachers were around. Then Erick Glick got hands on a sheet of it and photocopied it and sold it for money, making the kids realize they could start counterfeiting it too.
Soon the teachers got suspicious that even the worst kids got loads of them, so they started printing them in green color, but it started getting counterfeit again, and they started a rule that only five Hero Points could be turned in at a time. Even the children who got more than that amount legitimately were given detentions, which Greg thinks is a shame, since Marcel Templeton , one of the nice kids, earned his five Hero Points legitimately.
The school then ended the system after the janitor found out the base of the children who made fake Hero Points. Greg then complains to Susan that popularity matters on clothes in his schools so she takes him, Rodrick and Manny shopping. Greg talks about how his shoes are hand-me-downs from Rodrick and how in fourth grade his mother bought new cheap ones at dollar stores that broke easily and then Greg tries to decide which ones he should pick.
Greg then explains how the way to his school is very dirty and he tries to avoid the dirt by covering his shoes with plastic bags. Then at school, he has a Geography pop quiz, which he was twenty minutes late to. Greg noticed that there was a dog poop on his shoes so the teacher gave him a plastic bag to keep it in and do the test. Greg checked the Lost and Found but couldn't find any temporary replacements. Luckily, Greg later finds backup shoes of Mr.
Nern , but was too big for his feet and people laughed at him. Susan told Greg that he should go out and try to find a new friend, but there aren't any good people to be friends with. Greg suddenly thinks of Fregley , and thought if he becomes his friend, he can mold him to be the exact friend he wants. Greg thought he could use Fregley as his comic relief to gain popularity.
Greg then invites him to his desk at lunch and tries to tell him about the rules of the desk, and when he was telling him about the five-second rule, Fregley quickly ate the potato chip which was in Greg's hand.
When they were going back home, they got too close to the Mingo kids and all of them started chasing them, Fregley threw all of Greg's books thinking the kids would stop and read them.
The next day Greg found when Fregley was getting dressed he accidentally wore his shirt upside down. So Greg took him to the girls' table and hoped they would laugh, but they didn't so he asked Fregley to do a trick. Fregley stripped down to his underwear and put a piece of chewing gum in his belly button and started moving it with his belly button as though he was "chewing" it and then he tried to blow a bubble, but that didn't happen and scared the girls, after that, the boys got impressed and tried to see what else Fregley can "chew" with his belly button.
Greg thought since his spring break is coming he can have a stress-free break until Susan tells that her family will come to town. Greg explains how Susan never gives them any kind of warning when anybody from her side of the family aside from Gramma is coming to visit, feeling that Frank and the boys would probably make a run for it. Greg goes on to explain how most of his relatives through Susan's side of the family lives pretty far away, so they don't see them that much outside of holidays such as Easter.
Greg says that Susan has four sisters named Cakey, Gretchen, Veronica, and Audra but notes that the five sisters are all so different from each other that he finds it amazing that they had all grown up under the same roof.
Greg talks about his luck and how he has been seeing things like horoscopes and fortune cookies and he is not happy with the results of making his own decisions. Greg later talks about how he used to make cash by selling drawings to the family, but they got tired of it and started buying Manny's.
Greg explains the Easter is going to be at his grandmother's house again and there is no kind of entertainment for children there and she only has a stuffed elephant Ellie , but her dog and their old dog Sweetie tore off her trunk, ears and limbs. Greg explains how his ex-pet dog has became really overweight after Gramma overfed him. Greg explains how he used to enjoy Easter when his great-grandmother, Meemaw was still alive--Meemaw and her hsband, Peepaw, are Gramma's parents and Susan's maternal grandparents.
Greg says that when Meemaw was still alive, she would put prizes in plastic eggs and would hide them in the backyard. Then after brunch, the kids would go their and find as many eggs as they can. Greg says that Meemaw would always hide way more eggs than she needed to, and claims that today, you could probably still find enough Greg's in and around Gramma's house to fill up at least one basket.
Though Meemaw would usually put cool prizes in the eggs, she started putting in some pretty weird things in her later years. After Meemaw passed away, at her funeral Susan noticed her diamond ring was missing. Meemaw's ring had been in the family for at least three generations and was apparently worth a lot of money, so when they saw it was missing, all the relatives got scared and tried to find the ring.
Then later they had Easter, where everybody was happy and people moved past the ring issue. Greg introduces some of his family members also. Greg then explains how he gets bored there since he doesn't have anything to occupy himself with. Greg then explains the main event at Easter was brunch and he didn't like eating there since he thought it was too formal. Greg explains that the way they qualify who is an adult and can sit at the grown-up table is incorrect since his Uncle Cecil who is actually years old and was adopted by his Great Aunt Marcie would be seated with adults and Rodrick with kids although he is almost a grown man.
Then Aunt Audra's psychic told her that Meemaw's ring was in a family photo album and then many members started searching the albums. They didn't find it and looked for clues until his Uncle Larry found two photos of the last year Easter and in one photo Meemaw was wearing the ring and in another wasn't, so they thought it was in one of the plastic eggs and started searching the backyard.
The family didn't come inside and the Heffleys finally left. Aunt Gretchen and her sons were supposed to stay with the Heffleys for a week but they did only for two days since one of the twins had called when the ketchup ran out. Greg was sleeping in Rodrick's room on an air mattress, the next day when he woke up he found a Magic 8 Ball under Rodrick's bed, he took it and asked it a question and shook it. Then when the Magic 8 Ball started giving answers that were reasonable, Greg realized that he could also take advice from it and he would use it to make little decisions in his life.
Greg starts finding a few a limitations of his Magic 8 Ball, but doesn't give it up. One day, Susan tells him to go outside, but he hides in her closet instead. There he finds a lot of parenting books hidden away. Then he notices some stuffed-monkeys which exactly looked like the one he had as a little kid. Then a flashback happens to the time when Greg lost the toy, but he found another on top of his dresser and possibly wrongly concluded his mother bought backups to replace the toy if he gets lost.
Greg was not allowed to text and had to share the phone with Manny. Greg downloaded some games and played them, until when he was in the bathroom playing games and his Aunt Veronica's video chat came, he got surprised and dropped the phone into the toilet, and he fished it out but it wasn't working.
Greg decides to take up a hobby club after-school so he can escape the Mingo Kids ' woods and kill the time. Using the Magic 8 Ball he came across the yearbook club door, the yearbook was almost complete but more photographs were needed so Greg signed up. Greg started taking pictures of random things since he couldn't find anything interesting which people were doing.
He started editing photos to make them funny. He goes back to his mother's closet and found his Body Blankie , a blanket which had sleeves with mittens, basically a onesie made of blanket. Greg and Rodrick were totally "addicted" to it and they would almost always wear it and would sleep anywhere with it, so his parent took it away.
Greg thought that wearing his body blankie to school would make him feel the same as he feels when in bed so he wore it under his school clothes. Greg had disadvantages: He could not open his locker and wasn't able to do Jumping Jacks in Phys Ed properly. After that he thought of taking it off but its zipper fell off and he started to sweat. He used the Magic 8 Ball to find the answers, but while doing so his magic 8 ball fell down and the teacher caught him.
The teacher thought it was a "high-tech" cheating device and reported him to the Vice Principal Roy who later called his mother. Susan tried to defend Greg by saying that the Magic 8 Ball was just a "harmless toy" and couldn't have been using it to cheat, but Mr.
Greg then gets worried about summer school and talks about it and how he gets worried about his grade. Then Greg got worried about his science fair which is coming soon. Greg was getting ideas, but his yearbook teacher came and asked him to take photographs of the category winners. Greg took the pictures of them until Rowley and Abigail showed up who were voted cutest couple and Greg started feeling sad but took their photos anyway and resigned from his job.
Greg got back his Magic 8 Ball, but because it apparently was broken and would no longer give answers, Greg threw it away in Gramma's backyard.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (Book 8)
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This article contains major plot spoilers! The wiki is not responsible if you read the article without looking at this message and get upset that the plot was spoiled for you. It was released worldwide on Tuesday, November 5, Greg Heffley is upset over losing Rowley Jefferson as his best friend, though his mother tries to cheer him up by telling him that friends come and go. There were many things Greg and Rowley used to do together, such as blow bubbles in chocolate milk cartons that they can't do now because Abigail is so strict about it. Greg doesn't like how Abigail is trying to "shape" Rowley, and even believes she is starting to use him. Greg states that it gets to the point where Rowley isn't allowed his own opinions anymore and is simply just following Abigail's.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
When Rowley gets a girlfriend, he ditches Greg. Greg now considers that finding new friends in middle school is hard, so he considers and thinks about what is going on around him, and then one day he finds a "magic" eight ball. He uses it to make all his decisions. He finds his mom's secret place, in which he finds out his mom's secret weapon: he finds all of these books of how his mom made him do what she wanted to do. Greg also joins the yearbook, and makes little funny twists. Then Abigail suddenly breaks up with Rowley to get the attention of her last boyfriend, Michael Sampson.