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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit (Charlie Joe Jackson Series) Hardcover – August 7, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the Charlie Joe Jackson Series

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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.

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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
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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 (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436923
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. So funny...! Btw, very appropriate series for an 8-year-old boy in 3rd Grade.
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Another entertaining read from Tommy Greenwald and Charlie Joe Jackson. Charlie Joe Jackson has to deal with the consequence of another barely mediocre report card. His Guidance Counsellor, Ms Ferrell, comes up with a great plan - Camp Rituhbukkee 'because reading is fun' - yeah right. In true form CJJ comes up with an alternative plan to reclaim his summer break - getting all A's and one B ('a freebie' my mom said, cracking herself up). The only way to lift his grades is to study (gasp!) with the help of his friends, and to do extra credits in Art, Drama and Gym.

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.

Highly recommended!
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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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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 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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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. Besides that, this book is funny, able to compare to other kids life ( well at least some of it) and a great series!
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Charlie Joe is at it again in Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit and Tommy Greenwald has got a genuine series on his hands. I'm looking forward to reading Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation, about which Tommy Greenwald's site says "All I can tell you right now is that this book will be just as hilarious as the first two books..." In response to this, I must ask just how hilarious did Mr. Greenwald find his own books to be:)

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.
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