Cover image for Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not growing upl / Tommy Greenwald ; illustrations by J.P. Coovert.
Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not growing upl / Tommy Greenwald ; illustrations by J.P. Coovert.
First Square Fish edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Square Fish, Roaring Brook Press, 2018.
Physical Description:
182 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
An imminently graduating Charlie Joe wonders if he was too hasty in wishing for the end of school in the face of college-prep activities and other looming responsibilities.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 9-12.
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GRE Paperback Junior Paperback Fiction

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Yes! Graduation day is finally here! Charlie Joe has been waiting for this moment his entire middle-school career. This might even be the best day of his life. No more teachers! No more books! Just make it through the ceremony and he's free. But suddenly things around him are starting to change. Words like responsibility and college prep keep popping out of his friends' mouths. What happened to words like fun and pool party? And come to think of it, doesn't high school bring more teachers and more books? Maybe this whole growing up thing isn't such a good idea after all. Actually, being a kid is pretty darn fun! Surely Charlie Joe can figure out a way to put the brakes on growing up--and fast!

Author Notes

Tommy Greenwald - according to his wife, Cathy - has the maturity level of a thirteen-year-old, which makes him uniquely qualified to write this book. He has had the best time ever writing the Charlie Joe Jackson series, and is looking forward to his next challenge, which may involve dogs, or chocolate, or both. He is also the author of Jack Strong Takes a Stand and Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It).

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

In this sixth and final book, Charlie Joe Jackson's much-anticipated middle school graduation is upon him--on his birthday! But when he suddenly realizes that graduation won't bring freedom but rather harder courses and more responsibility, he looks for a way out. In typical hilarious and frenetic style, Charlie Joe careens through the day but, satisfyingly, becomes older and wiser by day's end. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.