Every child – and every parent – can relate to the awkwardness of middle school. This witty series follows Greg Heffley throughout middle school as he battles the bullies in the halls and a bully at home in the name of his big brother Roderick. Luckily, Greg has a cheerful yet goofy best friend, Rowley Jefferson; together they attempt to navigate middle school and ultimately survive through a series of unfortunate and embarrassing incidents along the way. The style of the book resembles the diary of a teen complete with simply drawings depicting Greg’s daily life. Readers will be rooting for Greg throughout his trials and tribulations.

15 books in the series