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“Middle school student Charlie Joe Jackson hates reading, so he devises a clever scheme involving an ice cream-loving friend who helps him with his reading assignments. After the terms of their agreement suddenly change, Charlie Joe hatches an elaborate but risky plan to avoid the reading portion of a major project. Readers will find Charlie Joe's guide to be an irresistible blend of wit and creativity that will hold their interest to the very last page.”
— Tish Gayle, The Blue Marble, Fort Thomas, KY


Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And 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. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book.

About the Author

Tommy Greenwald has enjoyed reading all his life, which is why he's appalled that his kids Charlie, Joe and Jack, would prefer getting a dental check-up to checking out a book. After years of pleading, threatening, and bribing, Tommy finally decided the only way to get his kids to read was to write a book about how to get out of reading. The result was Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading. And they read it! (So they say.) The Executive Creative Director at SPOTCO, an entertainment advertising agency in New York City, Tommy lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cathy; his non-reading sons, Charlie, Joe and Jack; and his dogs, Moose and Coco.
JP Coovert lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he uses his time making as much rad artwork as possible. On the side, he co-runs a record and comic label called One Percent Press. He's written and drawn almost 50 comics, including his ongoing series, Simple Routines. JP Wants to create cool stuff forever, like illustrating every animal on the planet, creating a library full of kids books, and painting a mural on the moon!

Praise For…

“In author Tommy Greenwald's raucous debut…this comedy of comeuppance shows its true colors, and, irony of ironies, is impossible to put down!” —Disney's Family Fun
“A perfect book for the non-reader or reluctant reader in your life...Laugh-out-loud funny, clever, and relevant, I believe Tommy Greenwald has written a book that will appeal to kids of all reading tastes.” —
“This is a fun, fast-moving look at middle-school life through the eyes of a kid who would rather clean his room than pick up a book. Reluctant readers will be pleased.” —SLJ
“A delightful choice for reluctant readers...Tommy Greenwald's writing style is breezy and accessible without being too easy. It is also extremely funny and hard to put down. If the book's cover showed something blowing up, every reluctant boy reader in middle school would be proud to carry it around while secretly enjoying the nonviolent, straightforward story. Bookworms won't care; they'll love it either way.” —BookPage
“Kids who do peruse the book will enjoy Charlie Joe's chuckleworthy tips on keeping reading at bay, even if they take exception to his list of 'helpful oxymorons: 1. good book, 2. happy reader, 3. important author, 4. nice library, 5. favorite bookstore.” —BCCB
“Charlie Joe's insider knowledge of the inner machinations of middle-school cliques will make younger readers smile in anticipation, and his direct address to readers makes make him feel like an older buddy showing the way…Slackers everywhere have a new, likable hero in Charlie Joe Jackson.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hilarious...This debut is filled with passages that beg to be shared...With its subversive humor and contemporary details drawn straight from kids' worlds, this clever title should attract a wide following.” —Booklist, STARRED review
“Greenwald pulls off a clever bit of reverse psychology in his debut, first in a series starring a cheeky middle grader who goes to great lengths to avoid reading--and whose humor and rapid-fire delivery should draw in like-minded kids.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596436916
ISBN-10: 1596436913
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: July 5th, 2011
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Charlie Joe Jackson Series
Recommended Reading Level
Minimum Age: 9
Maximum Age: 12
Minimum Grade Level: 4
Maximum Grade Level: 7
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Jul 11, 2013

In Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading, published by Roaring Brook Press in 2011, Tommy Greenwald introduced a feisty, book-hating boy. The character returned the following year in Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit, and again in this past May’s Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation (like its predecessors, illustrated by J.P. Coovert), in which he tries to convince his peers at an academic summer camp to avoid reading and writing. That middle-grade novel is one of six featured on Charlie Joe Jackson’s Bookshelf, an online summer reading initiative that Macmillan has launched in partnership with Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, a nationwide discounted film festival program.

Greenwald’s hero lends his voice – quite vociferously – to the Web site, announcing, “My name is Charlie Joe Jackson, and I hate reading.” Yet he does equivocate: “Sometimes it’s harder to get away with not reading than just giving in and reading. Trust me on this. That’s why I’m sharing these books with you. They’re not as terrible as most books. And coming from me, that’s really saying something.”

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“We realized that we have this list of titles that speak to a similar audience of kids, and we wanted to find a way to cross-pollinate the readership from one series to another,” said Kathryn Little, associate director of marketing, about the genesis of the online initiative. “All of these series have some key things in common: they use illustrations as part of the storytelling, they’re funny, and they appeal to the reluctant reader. By bringing them together, we’ve created a brand [that] booksellers, educators, and parents can look to for recommendations for kids who think they don’t like to read. And who better than reluctant reader Charlie Joe Jackson to represent a program aimed at kids who feel the same way?”

Little notes that propitious timing – and a common interest in engaging kids – led to Macmillan’s partnership with Cinemark. “Cinemark approached us looking for a sponsor for their Summer Movie Clubhouse at the same time that Charlie Joe Jackson’s Bookshelf was coming together,” she said. The Clubhouse is a 10-week discounted film festival program that the chain operates in approximately 300 theaters in 39 states. “Looking over their program, it seemed like a perfect match for a reluctant reader initiative, since the movies are a natural place kids gravitate to while school is out.”

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In late June, Cinemark held raffles for signed copies of Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation in all of its participating Summer Movie Club House theaters. At the end of July, Cinemark will distribute 80,000 bookmarks highlighting the CJJ Bookshelf titles.

“Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse continues to resonate with our customers more and more each year,” said James Meredith, Cinemark’s v-p of marketing and communications. “So adding in this partnership with CJJ Bookshelf and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is one more way to add value to our program.”

Homegrown Inspiration

Perhaps no one is more thrilled with the summer reading initiative – and Charlie Joe Jackson’s prominent role in it – than Greenwald, who found his inspiration for the character at home. Despite his lifelong love of reading, and repeated visits to libraries and bookstores with his own sons (Charlie, Joe, and Jack, who now range in age from 17 to 19), they were not easily coaxed into reading. “I tried every trick in the book – even bribery,” the author said. “When that didn’t work, I started searching for a tongue-in-cheek book about a boy who avoids books. When I couldn’t find one, I decided to write it, based on my own experiences.”

He said he enlisted his sons to read an early draft of Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading, “so that they could tell me if something sounded silly, and tip me off to things that would compromise the authenticity of the story and characters.” The author seems to have gotten it right: the three Charlie Joe Jackson novels currently have an in-print tally of 150,000 copies. And the fact that letters and e-mails Greenwald receives indicates that the series has found an enthusiastic audience among avid readers and girls as well as hesitant boy readers “may be what I’m most proud of.”

Greenwald, who signed on with Roaring Brook executive editor Nancy Mercado for five Charlie Joe Jackson books, has written a spinoff novel, Jack Strong Takes a Stand, illustrated by Melissa Mendes and due in September. The eponymous hero, an overscheduled boy Charlie Joe meets at camp in the third book, becomes a local hero when he refuses to get up off his couch until his parents agree to let him drop some of his many extracurricular activities. “I was very careful to portray Jack’s parents as great people,” the author said. “They are trying their best, but it’s a fine line between giving kids the best opportunities to help them in this competitive world and overwhelming them.”

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Greenwald says it’s “an incredible honor” to have Charlie Joe Jackson serve as spokesperson for Macmillan’s summer reading promotion, and applauds his publisher’s partnership with Cinemark. “It’s ingenious to go where kids are – movie theaters in summer – and let them know that reading is another way to have fun,” he said. “All the books on Charlie Joe Jackson’s Bookshelf are geared to kids who might not otherwise pick up a book, especially in summer when they don’t have to read for school. Getting the message out that books aren’t a chore, but can be pure entertainment, is such an important aspect of this initiative. It’s based on the same thing I do as an author: reverse psychology. Kids who may not like to read pick up a book about a kid who hates to read and end up reading a book for enjoyment. And that just may lead to reading another book.”