American author Jeff Kinney released the 15th installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series The Deep End on Tuesday.
The book is about wimpy kid Greg and his family’s journey on a camping trip. The story revolves around the family’s botched road trip as they find themselves stranded at a recreational vehicle park in the midst of heavy rain and rising water levels. Reportedly, the book may be the last one of the series.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the author released his book at driveways. The launch, which was called ‘The Deep End Drive-Thru Pool Party Tour’ kickstarted in Massachusetts in the US and followed norms of social distancing.
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Kinney came up with the book idea and character Greg in 1998 and continued to work on them for nine years before showing it to the publisher. Since its initial publication in 2007, the series has won many regional and national awards around the globe including, two Children’s Choice Book Awards and six Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Book.
His Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal (published last April) and the 14th book in the series- Wrecking Ball (published last November) became bestsellers.
Kinney has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington DC, area and moved to New England in 1995. Kinney lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.