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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit

Book - 2012
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Bright but unenthusiastic middle school student Charlie Joe Jackson signs up for the school play in an attempt to get straight As on his last quarter report card in order to avoid having to go to Camp Rituhbukkee over the summer.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250016706
Branch Call Number: Greenwald, T
Characteristics: 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Nov 22, 2019

I love Tommy Greenwald’s book so funny. And that silly ol’ Charile joe so funny. Recommend it to any humor love kids/ adults.😃😃😂😂

Jul 28, 2013

i loved the book.when i first saw it i thought going to be an normal book but when i read it was amazing book, but not actually the best best book i ever read but i still loved.i can not till i read the second book!!!!:D :)

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

Charlie Joe Jackson is a smart, talented, likeable guy. He just doesn't believe in applying his abilities to school.
"I've always liked Ms. Ferrell, and I'm pretty sure she always liked me, but that didn't mean we always saw eye to eye on things.

Life, for example. We definitely didn't see eye to eye on life.

She saw life as a constant opportunity to learn, and to be amazed by literature, culture, society, and all sorts of things that make the world special.

Whereas I saw life as something to enjoy, without being distracted by annoying things like reading and writing and working."
But Charlie Joe has a problem: his parents are fed up with his bad grades and disappointing report cards. They've decided to send him to Camp Rituhbukkee (pronounced Read-A-Bookie) for the summer to help him get his act together. Remember, this is the same Charlie Joe Jackson who previously wrote his Guide to NOT Reading, so the camp is a completely unacceptable option.

He has one hope: he's negotiated with his parents that if he can change his act enough the final quarter of school so that he gets straight A's on the final report card of the year, he won't have to go. That means actually reading and studying and applying himself in all of his core classes. But in Art, Gym, and Drama, where attitude and participation are everything, it means actually asking the teachers for extra credit.
"Just so you can understand the difficulty of the road ahead, I should probably mention that the best report card I ever got was one sentence long: "Charlie Joe is an intelligent, funny child with a bright future ahead of him, although he can be a bit mischievous at times."

That was in kindergarten."
So Charlie Joe has to learn to negotiate academics, extra credit, interpersonal dynamics with parents, teachers, and authorities, and interpersonal dynamics with the friends and peers he turns to for help. Whoever would have thought that studiously indifferent slacker Charlie Joe would be trying out for the school musical?

I love Charlie Joe as narrator; his voice, wit, and wisdom are always entertaining and consistently funny. These are excellent books and I'm already anticipating the next one.


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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

Charlie Joe's Special Bonus Tip:


This book is about getting extra credit. But I wouldn't have written it if I didn't have to get extra credit in the first place. And that probably would have been a whole lot easier.

Here are some of the ways you can avoid having to get extra credit:

1. If your teacher makes a joke, don't make a funnier joke right after.

2. Don't come in late to class and claim, "All of the clocks in this school are wrong."

3. Don't try and pay for lunch with Monopoly money.

4. In Gym, don't try to dunk a real basketball into a Nerf hoop.

5. Eat your lunch during Lunch, not Math.

6. Remember that Science is not recess.

7. "I want to be a professional finger-painter" is not a legitimate reason for getting into a paint fight in Art class.

8. Be the opposite of me.


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