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ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT | Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid Creator, Returns to Visit Fans

NAPERVILLE – Anderson’s Bookshops have been on board with Jeff Kinney’s thoroughly entertaining children’s books since the start. When the gawky, middle school weakling Greg Heffley debuted in the first of a book series in 2007, Heffley was embraced by kids everywhere. That first volume, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was quickly followed by many more. This fall, Kinney has boosted that series further with his 12th Wimpy Kid title, The Getaway.

Jeff Kinney will be presenting his new book at a special event starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10. Anderson’s Bookshop will be presenting this event at Still Middle School, 787 Meadowridge Dr., in Aurora. Tickets are required and exclusively available at These event tickets include an admission entry time. Entry times extend until 7:00 p.m.

Once admitted, guests will be free to participate in several kid-friendly activity stations. Then they will proceed to the booksigning line to meet the author.

About the Book

The Getaway is book #12 in the incredibly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. And in this adventure, Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

About the Author

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff 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 magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

About Anderson’s Bookshops

Jeff Kinney’s upcoming visit is part of Anderson’s Bookshops’ calendar of special author events. Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, book signings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Additional locations include Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630)-963-2665 and La Grange, at 26 S. La Grange Rd. (708) 582-6353. A toy shop, Anderson’s Toyshop, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville, opened last year. Key to Anderson’s success has been special author events, like the November 10 program with Jeff Kinney.

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