From School Library Journal
Gr 4–7–Charlie Joe Jackson waits all year for summer vacation so he can leave learning in the dust. But this summer, instead of spending time lounging with his friends, he's headed to Camp Rituhbukkee (read-a-bookie), where kids practice letter writing instead of texting, and free time is spent reading instead of swimming. Charlie Joe makes it his mission to turn the nerds against their academic pursuits and to show them how to really have fun. But, halfway through camp, he finds himself reading his first book ever—and actually enjoying it. Could it be possible that he is a secret nerd at heart? The third title (Roaring Brook, 2013) in Greenwald's series is expertly narrated by MacLeod Andrews. The story's fast pace will keep listeners hooked throughout Charlie's three weeks at camp. The antics of this funny, likeable character will appeal to middle graders whether they are reluctant readers like Charlie or just looking for an entertaining story.–Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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As threatened in Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit (2012), Charlie Joe’s parents make him attend Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced “read-a-bookie”) for three weeks. He thinks the kids there are all nerds, so from day one he decides to turn the other campers into “normal” kids (like himself) who don’t always have their noses in books. Right off he irritates the camp leader, Dr. Mal, and knows he must watch himself—sort of. He leads the camp basketball team in a win over Camp Wockajocka; he writes a newspaper opinion column in which he leads campers in a strike; and, on the last day, he skips the final exam to protect another camper from having someone cheat off her. Ultimately, rather than Dr. Mal barring him from ever attending camp again, Charlie Joe becomes a hero. This third book in the series is so very middle school: full of laugh-out-loud humor as well as adolescent drama, growth, and development. A great read for reluctant readers or readers just looking for a little harmless fun. Grades 4-7. --J. B. Petty