Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

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How old is Greg Heffley?

Greg Heffley, the main character in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is twelve years old at the beginning of the series.

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When we meet Greg Heffley in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, we learn that he is just starting seventh grade. In fact, he writes his first journal entry on the first day of school. This would make Greg twelve years old, and in fact, we learn later that he had a birthday on June 18. As the series progresses, so does Greg's age, and we continue to read about his adventures even as he turns fifteen.

How does Greg's age affect his responses to the events of his life? Readers should keep this question in mind as enter into Greg's world. Does his age affect his perceptions and his actions? Would Greg have responded differently to the people and events around him if he were older or younger?

Readers might also think about how they themselves thought and acted at age twelve. Those who are not quite there yet might reflect on how their behavior is the same or different from Greg's and think about whether age accounts for the similarities and differences. Those who are right around Greg's age should see if their experiences match his and then decide if age has anything to do with that. Those who are older should think back on how they felt and acted when they were twelve and again compare themselves to Greg. Does being twelve years old have anything effect on Greg's adventures? Why or why not?

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