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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Charlie Joe Jackson Series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436923
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-In this followup (2012) to Tom Greenwald's Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (2011, both Roaring Brook), a poor report card and a reputation for cutting up in school land Charlie Joe in his middle school counselor's office. Things go from bad to worse, causing Ms. Ferrell to recommend that Charlie Joe attend "Camp Rituhbukkee," a summer camp that focuses on academics and reading. Charlie Joe, a self-professed non-reader, is horrified, and he quickly offers a deal. If he gets straight A's for the last quarter of the school year, he won't have to attend "Camp Life-is-suckee." The deal is made and the boy must figure out how to raise his grades. The answer: extra credit. What ensues is a riot of middle-school mayhem, relationship issues, and teacher troubles all rendered hilarious by the author. McLeod Andrews reads with equal parts youthful exuberance and snarky sarcasm. He gets extra credit for turning a fantastic book into an A+ audiobook through his amazing and entertaining cast of character voices. Give this audio (plus the book, with illustrations by J.P. Coovert) to fans of the "Wimpy Kid" series. Even reluctant readers, like Charlie Joe, will be won over by this hilarious take on middle-school life, and will be clamoring for the next title in the series.-Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Booklist

In his 2011 debut, Charlie Joe Jackson offered his Guide to Not Reading. Now he has got to get his grades up if he wants to avoid the dreaded Camp Rituhbukkee (Camp Read-a-Bookie). But the only way to improve his grades is to try to get some extra credit—not easy when you’re barely getting credit in some courses. But Charlie Joe gamely poses for his art teacher, wearing a goofy costume; agrees to serve on student council to satisfy its advisor; and tries out for the school play to boost his drama grade. Naturally, all this effort comes with a downside (he doesn’t even think about his crush for six straight hours), but there are some surprising pluses as well. Charlie Joe is a fun and funny character (as are the many entries in his handwritten “Tip Sheet” document), and readers will get a kick out of his evolution and his own shock at the ways he adapts to change. Comic line drawings add to the humor. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Tommy Greenwald is the author of the CHARLIE JOE JACKSON books, a middle-grade series about the most reluctant reader ever born. Titles include CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO SUMMER VACATION, and CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY.

In addition, Tommy is the author of KATIE FRIEDMAN GIVES UP TEXTING! (AND LIVES TO TELL ABOUT IT), a new book about Charlie Joe's best friend, which will be published by Roaring Brook Press in Feb 2015. His first picture book, HOOKED!, will be published by Roaring Brook in 2016.

Tommy is also the Chief Strategy Officer at Spotco Advertising, a theatrical and entertainment advertising agency in New York City, and the lyricist and co-bookwriter (with Andrew Lippa) of JOHN & JEN, a 1995 musical which will be revived off-Broadway in 2015.

To see reviews, trailers, and/or to learn more about the book and contact Tommy, visit tommygreenwald.com

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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit (and its predecessor) does that perfectly!
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Great for reluctant readers ages 9-14.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Winchell on August 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. OF MICE AND MEN. THE GREAT GATSBY. LORD OF THE FLIES. CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT.

Okay, that last one might not continue the "classic" tradition of American literature, but those first four do have something in common with the protagonist of the last one, Charlie Joe Jackson. And that is, Charlie Joe Jackson is sure to have never read those first four books, and if we learned anything from the first book in the series (CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING) then we can be sure that Charlie will fight, tooth and nail, to make sure he never reads them in his lifetime. The problem is, if he doesn't read them, he might be in danger of failing, and in turn, he might have to resort to anything to raise his grades, even (gasp), doing extra credit. Therein lies the crux of the second book in the series, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT.

In this second book of the series, our lovable but ever-lazy Charlie Joe Jackson finds himself sweating bullets on Report Card Day (Charlie's the only person who actually calls the day that, and that tells you quite a bit about his character right there). When his parents see that his grades basically add up to be an A short of AC/DC--a group I'm sure Charlie adores, since he's a big classic rock fan--they (meaning, Dad, who serves as the "heavy" of the two parents) threaten to send him to Camp Rituhbukkee (Charlie jokes it stands for "Read-a-book"). So Charlie must attempt to make a deal with his parents to help him reclaim his summer freedom. That deal, Charlie decides, is that for the upcoming term he will get all A's (and one B, because Science and Charlie are not A-greeable, if you get my meaning). Mom and Dad (see earlier note about the "heavy") decide that it is a fair deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By By kiyanna on March 13, 2013
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Great book and let's just say that if I have 30 exclamation points, it has to be a fantastic book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake Friedlander on February 28, 2013
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I really liked this book, I rated it 5 stars. I used most of the tips cj gave me. [...]/ SMOSH. WATH ALL THEIR VIDEOS, THEY ARE AMAZINGLY AWESOMELY AWESOME
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cary on January 21, 2013
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This book is a great book and Tommy did a amazing job I can't for #3
CHARLIE JOE JACKSON ROCK'S
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pete schneider on May 28, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. For many reasons. The biggest reason was because of GREAT comedy and a fish grabbing and reading nerd grabbing hook. Hint! Hint! I'm a nerd. I have braces I am damn right smart. Best of all I read a LOT. I know if I was so smart I wouldn't forget the period after braces but no one is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on February 6, 2014
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Out of all of the Charlie Joe Jackson books, this one is my favorite. Hilarious book with plot twists. Totally recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Quigley on January 25, 2014
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As a middle school teacher, I see many of my students in Charlie Joe. He is a like able character who makes mistakes, but I admire that he owns up to them. He is inspirational, and I recommend this book to all my struggling readers.
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By Kimberly on January 16, 2014
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My 11 year old son loves reading and I bought all the books in this series by Tommy Greenwald. I wish there were more! He read through this and two others each in one day!
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