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Charlie Joe Jackson


Charlie Joe Jackson

Written by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by J. P. Coovert

Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. So far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. Join Charlie Joe Jackson as he attempts to avoid reading and other work throughout his middle school journey.

Charlie Joe Jackson

Books in this series

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!

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.

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 - 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.

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.