Reviews for Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 September

Gr 4-7--Charlie Joe Jackson waits all year for summer vacation so he can leave learning in the dust. But this summer, instead of spending time lounging with his friends, he's headed to Camp Rituhbukkee (read-a-bookie), where kids practice letter writing instead of texting, and free time is spent reading instead of swimming. Charlie Joe makes it his mission to turn the nerds against their academic pursuits and to show them how to really have fun. But, halfway through camp, he finds himself reading his first book ever--and actually enjoying it. Could it be possible that he is a secret nerd at heart? The third title (Roaring Brook, 2013) in Greenwald's series is expertly narrated by MacLeod Andrews. The story's fast pace will keep listeners hooked throughout Charlie's three weeks at camp. The antics of this funny, likeable character will appeal to middle graders whether they are reluctant readers like Charlie or just looking for an entertaining story.--Anne Bozievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA

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