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PUBLISHER’S

NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters,


places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination
or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living
or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely
coincidental.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:
Kinney, Jeff.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw / by Jeff Kinney
p. cm.
Summary: Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father’s
attempts to change Greg’s wimpy ways until his father threatens to
send him to military school.
ISBN 978-0-8109-7068-7 (alk. paper)
[1. Middle schools—Fiction. 2. Schools—Fiction.
3. Family life—Fiction. 4. Diaries—Fiction. 5. Humorous stories.] I.
Title. II. Title: Last straw.
PZ7.K6232Dp 2009
[Fic]—dc22
2008060022
Wimpy Kid text and illustrations copyright © 2009 Wimpy Kid, Inc.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID®, WIMPY KID™, and the Greg Heffley
design™ are trade
marks of Wimpy Kid, Inc. All rights reserved.
Book design by Jeff Kinney
Cover design by Chad W. Beckerman and Jeff Kinney
Published in 2009 by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.
All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored
in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means,
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Thanks to my wife, Julie, without whose love and support these books would not
be possible. Thanks to my family—Mom, Dad, Re, Scott, and Pat—and to my
extended family—the Kinneys, Cullinanes, Johnsons, Fitchs, Kennedys, and
Burdetts. You have all been so supportive of this endeavor, and it has been great
fun to share this experience with you!

Thanks, as always, to my editor, Charlie Kochman, for taking a chance on this


series; to Jason Wells, the best publicity director in the business; and to all of the
great folks at Abrams.

Thanks to my boss, Jess Brallier, and to all of my coworkers at Family Education


Network.

Thanks to Riley, Sylvie, Carla, Nina, Brad, Elizabeth, and Keith out in
Hollywoodland.

Thanks to Mel Odom for his wonderfully bombastic write-ups of the first two
books.

And thanks to Aaron Nicodemus for encouraging me Way Back When to pick up
my cartooning pen after I had given up.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Kinney is the creator of Poptropica.com, and the author of the #1 New York
Times bestsellers Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick
Rules, as well as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book. He spent his
childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995.
Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Will
and Grant.