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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit (Charlie Joe Jackson Series) Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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In addition, Tommy is the author of the new CRIMEBITERS! series, about a (possibly) superhero crime-fighting vampire dog, which is published by Scholastic.
Tommy is also the Co-Founder of 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 was revived off-Broadway in 2015.
To read woefully outdated information about Tommy, visit tommygreenwald.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
CHARLIE JOE JACKSON ROCK'S
I kid, I kid. I found the first Charlie Joe Jackson adventure to be hilarious and his second is even funnier. There's depth to both of Mr. Greenwald's books, but more important than lessons learned or "true meanings" and other such garbage English teachers long to read essays about, the Charlie Joe Jackson books are good time reads. If you pick up a Charlie Joe Jackson book, you know what you're going to get: a sarcastic tale of adolescent angst that will be fast and fun to read, and that's important.
There likely won't ever be a Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to the Meaninglessness of Life or Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Dealing with Your Friend's Death After She Fell off the Special Bridge You Used to Create Fantasy Worlds Together. This ain't that kind of party pal, and Tommy Greenwald's readers know it ain't that kind of party.
If I had to guess, I'd say Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation will involve Charlie Joe in a predicament caused by his own avarice, be composed of short, breezy chapters, many of which will be only one page to make the reading faster for reluctant readers (Greenwald's bread and butter), and it will feature hilarious 1-page "tips" from Charlie Joe himself.Read more ›
I love Charlie Joe Jackson's great mix of subversive and slapstick humour, and so do my two teenage sons - one of whom is a confirmed non-reader. The development of character in these books is believable, but what is really great is that all the emotional upheaval is dealt with in a relatively straight forward way, with no long internal monologues. Realities of life are discussed and dealt with. Friendships have their upheavals and move on. Complications arise and have to be dealt with.
The book stays true to the first book format of short chapters interspersed with slightly longer chapters, and nice little illustrations to keep it moving and entertaining.
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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit is a smart, interesting, funny book. The writer can become rambling sometimes, but nevertheless, we LOVE this book series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by potlady
My son loves this series and he hates to read - he actually read on his own without me bugging him - wish there were more than 4 booksPublished 15 months ago by M. Murphy
This book was just as great a the first one. This book is going to be a favoured book to older kid. The bad thing about this book is that it will not appeal to younger kids. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Out of all of the Charlie Joe Jackson books, this one is my favorite. Hilarious book with plot twists. Totally recommend it!Published 24 months ago by Katie
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!Published on January 16, 2014 by Kimberly
It was very funny and loved it. Would recommend it very much. Really thought it was great. Very, very funnyPublished on November 23, 2013 by tony bianco
My students love to borrow this. Even my reluctant readers seem to enjoy the format of these Charlie Joe books.Published on October 31, 2013 by B. W.
The entire series is made for reluctant readers. Short chapters, illustrations, and sounds like Charlie Jo is speaking to you.Published on October 31, 2013 by James