The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
Posted on 10/21/2020
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"What students love about the book is that it makes them laugh out loud and they can relate to a lot to the experiences of the characters Greg and Rowley.”

Carrie Vinson, North Hamilton County Elementary


The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by North Hamilton County Elementary.  When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

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“Parents and educators applaud it as a visually friendly gateway for unwilling readers.” – New York Times

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023