This is the third book in author Tommy Greenwald’s Charlie Joe Jackson series, and Charlie Joe is fast becoming a firm favourite, with me, and with my students. Despite Charlie Joe Jackson’s best intentions, he is growing up into a fine young man! Previously, Charlie Joe has given us the Guide to Not Reading and the Guide to Extra Credits, both very entertaining and completely engaging. However, I think that Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation might be the best yet.
In a ‘moment of weakness’ (you need to read the Guide to Extra Credits) CJJ has agreed to go to Camp Rituhbukee (pronounced read-a-bookie) and finds himself amongst kids who, bewilderingly, love reading.
And we all know how proud CJJ is that he has never completed a whole book, except under extreme circumstances.
Yep. This camp is going to demand some extreme solutions from CJJ – but things get worse when he discovers that these very non-athletic book worms have an annual basketball challenge against a nearby ‘sports jock’ camp. CJJ decides there is something he can offer these bookworms after all – his ability to come up with a great plan!
Turns out that CJJ may just be in his element. Or is he?
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation is a witty, well paced, energetic and engaging read. Without being preachy, characters are presented with all of their strengths and weaknesses and accepted for who they are. CJJ stays true to form and holds tight to his principles, while coming up with ever more creative solutions to life’s challenges.
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation is ebing released in May. Keep an eye out for it. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to the newest book in this series, Jack Strong Takes A Stand.
Highly recommended for all readers, from about 9 years on. While this will appeal to everyone, I think that it will have extra appeal for reluctant boy and girls readers as a step up from the Wimpy Kid series.
Learn more about Tommy Greenwald here: http://tommygreenwald.com/
Review based on an Advanced Reader Copy.