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Greenwald, Tom.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
IL 5-8, RL 5.8
ISBN 1596436913

(3 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Do you like to read?  Well, Charlie Joe Jackson likes NOT to read.  He does everything he can think of to avoid reading.  Can you think of ways to avoid reading?  Charlie Joe even bribes kids to do his reading for him.  But things don't always go as planned for Charlie Joe.  If you want to learn some of his secrets for NOT reading, you should pick up this book and find out how he does it.  Don't miss his 25 exclusive non-reading tips.

Booktalk #2

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·        Good for reluctant readers, especially boys, because it is the story of a middle school boy who doesn’t like to read

·        And it’s written in the form that a reluctant reader would prefer – as CJ says in the book, “The chapters will be short. The pages will be shorter. And whenever possible, I will keep the words shortest.  One syllable.  Or less.”

·        Written as a guide to:

o   Show kids how to get out of reading

o   Or how to make the best of it

·        CJ says that the way to “read a book” is to read the back cover, the inside front flap, the first chapter, and the last chapter. 

·        Little “tips” are provided throughout the book:  Tip #1 says that if you have to read a book, make sure it has short chapters.  That way, if you are told to read 3 chapters, you can read three pages instead of thirty and still have read 3 chapters!

Charlie Joe has always had a deal with another kid – he buys Timmy extra ice cream at lunch and Timmy reads the books for him.  But Timmy has stopped helping him out this year.  Will Charlie Joe actually have to READ a book??  But it gets worse.  Charlie Joe gets caught and his punishment?  Over the summer …. WRITE a book.  And so the Guide to Not Reading was born!

And kids love sequels.  The author has already written Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit and Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation will be out in May.  (Booktalk by Barbara Benton for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee)

Booktalk #3

I HATE TO READ! How often have you heard that expression?  How many of you have ever felt this way? How about if you figured out a way to skip of all of your reading for the entire school year?  Middle school would be a breeze then!  I thought I had the perfect plan to avoid reading but, as we all know, no plan is perfect!  When my plan was discovered by my teachers and parents, I had to figure out a new way to avoid reading without being caught.  But, all I can think about is my crush on this girl Eliza!  Luckily, I have a plan to win her heart too, but if my parents and teachers bust me again, I may be grounded for life!  Will the truth be discovered and if so, will I ever survive my middle school years?  
(Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Books and reading -- Fiction.
                        Middle schools --Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.

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