Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO NOT READING, by Tommy Greenwald

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The story: Charlie Joe Jackson is determined to finish middle school with a perfect record of never having read a book. He has a sweet arrangement with his buddy Jake—Charlie Joe buys the ice cream, and Jake does the reading and summarizing. He’s a smart kid, and no one else can figure out what the deal is, but Charlie Joe is committed to NOT reading. Until…the lies and excuses start catching up with him, and he finally gets outed: in the middle of the school dance! Even worse, the girl he’s always liked starts going out with his best friend…and it’s all his fault. Now what’s he going to do? The easy thing would be to just break down and read the book…but Charlie Joe has his honor to uphold, and that would be taking the easy way out.

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: I really liked this book! Charlie Joe is a fun character, and this tips for not reading are funny (and he actually makes some good points). Here’s a book for middle school kids that actually sounds like it was written by someone who’s been there! Sequels are Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit, and Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation.

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