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Tommy Greenwald

Biography

Tommy Greenwald

Tommy Greenwald--according to his wife, Cathy--has the maturity level of a thirteen-year-old, which makes him uniquely qualified to write this book. He has had the best time ever writing the Charlie Joe Jackson series, and is looking forward to his next challenge, which may involve dogs, or chocolate, or both. He is also the author of Jack Strong Takes a Stand and Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It). To read annoyingly outdated information about Tommy, please visit tommygreenwald.com. @tommygreenwald

Tommy Greenwald

Books by Tommy Greenwald

Written by Tommy Greenwald and illustrated by J. P. Coovert - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

There's a crisis at Eastport Middle School! It appears that everyone has a boyfriend or girlfriend except...Charlie Joe Jackson??!? Well, Charlie Joe refuses to be left out. He quickly goes looking for help in the last place anyone would think to find him-the library. And what he finds is the gem of all gems, the guidebook of all guidebooks, the key to finally getting a girl! Now, everyone is suddenly coming to him for love advice. (Oh, how the tables have turned.) But Charlie Joe's world is swiftly turned upside down when he realizes the girl he actually likes...might not actually be the girl he likes.

Written by Tommy Greenwald and illustrated by J. P. Coovert - Children's 9-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Laura Corbett and Damian White are loners. Kids make fun of smart, sarcastic Laura for her weight and artistic Damian for his tendency to sweat through his shirts. Calista Getz, however, is the prettiest and most popular girl in the whole school. But when Calista wakes up just before the school dance with the BIGGEST pimple she has EVER seen right in the middle of her face, Laura and Damian are the only ones who don't ignore her. In fact, they seem to see not only past her pimple, but past her popularity, too. Together, they'll challenge the school's status quo!

Written by Tommy Greenwald and illustrated by Adam Stower - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction

Jimmy is sure that his dog Abby is special. After all, it was Abby who (with the help of Jimmy & friends) helped nab the criminal Barnaby Bratford and shut down Barnaby's babysitting service, a front for robbing the nice folks of Quietville. Jimmy's parents, on the other hand, are starting to feel like Abby is one destructive little dog (she chewed up Mom's entire shoe collection!) and they insist on enrolling Abby in obedience training. The only problem is that the longer Abby's in class, the more normal (read: boring) she becomes.

Written by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by J. P. Coovert - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Graduation day is finally here! Charlie Joe has been waiting for this moment his entire middle school career. This might even be the best day of his life. Just make it through the ceremony and he's free. But suddenly things around him are starting to change. Words like "responsibility" and "college prep" keep popping out of his friend's mouths. Come to think of it, doesn't high school bring more teachers and more books? Maybe this whole growing up thing isn't such a good idea after all. Surely Charlie Joe can figure out a way to put the brakes on growing up --- and fast!

Written by Tommy Greenwald and illustrated by J. P. Coovert. - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Science

When a text goes wrong, Katie Friedman learns the hard way that sometimes you need to disconnect to connect.

by Tommy Greenwald - Fiction, Humor

Charlie Joe’s weekly allowance just isn’t cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school. Only catch is, he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible. After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please—checks only) even though he’s not Jewish. Hilarity ensues when throwing a fake coming-of-age party turns out to be much harder than it looks.

by Tommy Greenwald - Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction
Jack Strong just wants to be a regular kid. But his parents have overscheduled his week with every extracurricular activity under the sun --- all on top of regular homework. And so, in Jack Strong Takes a Stand by Tommy Greenwald, he stages a sit-in on his couch and refuses to get up until his parents let him quit some of the extracurriculars.
by Tommy Greenwald - Fiction, Youth Fiction

The lovable slacker Charlie Joe Jackson returns in this popular, illustrated middle-grade series to wreak havoc at an academic summer camp. Despite all attempts to avoid reading and extra work, Charlie Joe Jackson finds himself in a terrible dream he can't wake up from: Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced "read-a-bookie") --- a place filled with grammar workshops, Read-a-Ramas, and kids who actually like reading. But Charlie Joe is determined to convince the entire camp to hate reading and writing --- one genius at a time.

by Tommy Greenwald - Children's 9-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader ever born, made it his mission in the first book to get through middle school without reading a single book from cover to cover. Now he's back --- and trying desperately to get straight As in order to avoid going to academic camp for the summer. To do this, he will have to betray his friend, lose the girl of his dreams and end up acting in a school play about the inventor of paper towels. Charlie Joe's not exactly the "school play kind of guy," but desperate times call for desperate measures.