Wrecking Ball is the 14th installment of Kinney's bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the topic is one parents can relate to: the blessing/curse combo of home improvement. An inheritance gives way to the Heffley family making some major changes at home--and what kid hasn't imagined their dream bedroom at some point? Expectations go awry but you can always count on Kinney to give the reader a lot to laugh about.
We asked this beloved author what books have grabbed his attention this year, and Kinney's choices below are a delightful mix of nonfiction and graphic novels.
Jeff Kinney's favorite reads of 2019
White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio
R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel expands the Wonder universe in an unexpected way. Set during the Holocaust, White Bird illustrates the importance of kindness when the stakes are life and death. A classic.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson explored the wonders of the universe in The Short History of Nearly Everything, and now he turns his journalist gaze to the human body. Funny and insightful, this is the perfect book for anyone who’s curious about the machinery inside our earthly vessels.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David J. Epstein
The author of The Sports Gene upends the notion that expertise can only be acquired by following a narrow, focused path, and the writer extols the benefits of acquiring a breadth of experiences.
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Telgemeier is a supernova in the world of kids’ lit, and her latest graphic novel shows why she’s a master of the form. Guts is an intimate, accessible memoir about childhood anxiety, and it will help kids understand their own feelings, and the feelings of their peers, more deeply.
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