New York, NY (September 21, 2017)—Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, will launch the much-anticipated Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12: The Getaway on November 7, 2017, with a massive promotional campaign in celebration of the series’ 10th anniversary. As part of the campaign, beloved author and illustrator Jeff Kinney is embarking on his most extensive book tour ever to over twenty cities around the world. There are 10 tour events across North America, in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Nashville, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Montreal. In addition, cities in Europe, Asia, and Russia include Moscow, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Mexico City, Dublin, London, Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest. Kinney’s global travels guarantee that thousands of fans will meet him and read the eagerly awaited 12th installment of Greg Heffley’s antics and adventures.

In Book 12, The Getaway, 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?

In addition to the highly anticipated 12th book in the series and in celebration of its anniversary, ABRAMS’ Wimpy Kid publishing program also released The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, a behind- the-scenes look at the making of the 20th Century Fox movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul; a special collectible version of the first book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Cheesiest Edition; the Diary of Wimpy Kid Blank Journal, with lined pages for readers to start their own stories; a new boxed set containing The Long Haul, Old School, Double Down, and The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book; and The Wimpy Kid 2018 Calendar.

Jeff Kinney says, “I’m very excited for kids to read The Getaway. With airplane travel and an exotic location, the new book expands the frontiers of the Wimpy universe.”

Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of ABRAMS says, “The phenomenon that is Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues into its second decade with the publication of The Getaway worldwide in early November. Now approaching 200 million copies in print around the world, the series continues to build readers and fans and delight kids, teachers, parents, and librarians. There is no more successful series of books for children globally. Jeff once again delivers right on target!”

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the launch of The Getaway, the ABRAMS marketing and publicity campaign is the most extensive and far-reaching to date. In addition to the unprecedented number of tour markets, the promotional support includes national television spots; videos airing in-flight and in airports across the country; major national and social media advertising; retail promotions across every major channel of distribution in the marketplace; the Wimpy Kid balloon at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; and The Getaway Family Sweepstakes (in the continental United States), which will award one person $10,000 to arrange their own family vacation anywhere they choose.

In partnership with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid publishers around the world, Amulet Books is pleased to announce the full list of tour markets below:

There are now more than 194 million copies of the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in print globally. Published in 2007, the first book was an instant bestseller and has remained on the New York Times bestseller list since its publication and through the release of Book 11, for more than 534 weeks total. The series is also a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and IndieBound bestseller lists. Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are published in 63 editions in 53 languages.


About the Author

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. 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.

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