Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley is a dork and kind of a jerk in that way kids can be to whoever’s smaller than them when they’re used to being picked on themselves. Nothing really goes his way, but he doesn’t ever see his own role in his problems. Despite all that, he has fun and acts stupid and hatches plots and gets right back up when things don’t go his way.
I’m not a pre-teen boy, so I can’t say I “get” this book. But it’s funny and takes middle-school problems seriously. And boys love it, so that’s cool. Adrien Mole would be a good follow up for slightly older kids.