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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Series: Charlie Joe Jackson (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159643757X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437579
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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

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. It is a projected five-book series, and is based on Tommy's three sons: Charlie, Joe and Jack. The first book, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in July 2011; the second, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT, was published in Summer 2012; and the third, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO SUMMER VACATION, in May 2013.

In addition, Tommy is the author of JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND, a new middle-grade book about the most overscheduled boy ever born, which will be published by Roaring Brook Press in Fall 2013. His first picture book, HOOKED!, will be published by Roaring Brook in 2015.

Tommy is also the Executive Creative Director at Spotco Advertising, a theatrical and entertainment advertising agency in New York City, and the co-bookwriter (with Andrew Lippa) and lyricist of JOHN & JEN, an off-Broadway musical.

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

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Ironically great read for non readers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on May 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This third book in the Charlie Joe Jackson series (Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading, 2011, and Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit, 2012) is a winner. Entertaining, substantive, and endearing, Charlie Joe, in a moment of weakness, agrees to be sent to Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced "Read-a-Bookie"). Once there, he will do anything to get the nerdy campers to be less nerdy, and more like him. Charlie Joe becomes an unlikely leader and it turns out he has more integrity than he thought. Interspersed with complimentary black and white illustrations and letters to and from friends back home, reluctant and avid readers alike will enjoy Charlie Joe's summer vacation. This series is good for readers who are ready for the next step up from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Review based on an ARC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pete schneider on June 30, 2013
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OVERALL great book! I got to admit that this graphic novel really. Especially for a sequel. Again just like the first there are still a couple of not so great words in the story.
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By Eve on April 18, 2014
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My son enjoyed reading this book and actually finished it within 2 days. He laughed and wouldn't put the kindle down. He also was excited telling me all about the storyline.
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My daughter found this book while searching and searching for something fun to read. She loved it, read it quickly, and then moved on to the other books in the series. It has great graphics, interesting wording, and the way things are arranged, it keeps the reader turning pages.
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This book was a very good humorous book it would be great for a humor loving kid. That's why this book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Katie on February 6, 2014
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This is an awesome book! The whole series is hilarious and very entertaining. You gotta read this! You will love it!
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By Ashwin on February 5, 2014
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I love this book. Read about how the reluctant reader charlie joe jackson survives in a camp all about reading!!! Read the first 2 books too. charlie joe jackson's guide to not reading, and Charlie joe jacksons guide to extra credit
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By tony bianco on January 8, 2014
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My son is not a big fan of reading, but that's okay because Charlie isn't either. With that in common, it was fun to read about Charlie's adventures at a summer camp for kid's who loved to read. The story is humorous and written for kids in the middle school age bracket. We would highly recommend this book and his other two books: "Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading." and "Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit."
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