Monday, June 6, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading--and AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!

I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to put together a MMGM this week--but I made it! (*Phew*)

I try to pick a wide variety of books to feature, that way there's a little something for everyone. So today I'm featuring a book that falls into two categories that just don't have enough titles in them: boy books, and books for reluctant readers. And so I give you: CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING, by Tommy Greenwald.

Here's how the publisher describes it:

Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he’s managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he’s in middle school, avoiding reading isn’t as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he’s tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.This is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he’ll go to get out of reading a book.

And I can tell you right now, if you have a reluctant reader at home, this is the book to try. Not only is it all about a kid of who takes his hatred of reading to whole new levels of hilarious, but it's everything a reluctant reader would want (as Charlie Joe carefully outlines): full of short chapters, broken up into short, easily manageable sections, and peppered with awesome illustrations. Even more amazing is that besides all the tips to avoid books and reading, there's a page turning story filled with funny, likable, authentic characters and a number of interesting plot twists. Kids who enjoy reading will gobble it up. And those who don't might discover they don't hate it as much as they think they do.

It's scheduled for release on July 5th--but I'm sure some of you don't want to wait, so I'm giving away my ARC!!!

Tommy Greenwald--who is AWESOME, btw--has contacted me, offering another prize: A signed, finished copy! (as soon as they become available) 

So now there will be TWO winners. One who wins my ARC, one who wins the signed finished copy from Tommy. 

Thank you Tommy for being so generous!

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, June 11. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, June 12th. International entries--as always--are welcome.

For more excellent middle grade recommendations, here's a list of the other awesome MMGMs going on throughout the blogosphere:

-Shannon O'Donnell always has an awesome MMGM recommendation. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.

-Barbara Watson is doing a special summer of MMGMMs (no--that extra "M" isn't a typo) and she's starting by highlighting THE REMARKABLE AND VERY TRUE STORY OF LUCY & SNOWCAP--and has a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE to see what she thinks.

-Aly Beecher is featuring HOW THEY CROAKED. Click HERE to read her review.

-Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring GROUNDED. Click HERE to read more about it.

-Myrna Foster is spotlighting THE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER COOKBOOK. Click HERE to read her review.

-Deb Marshall is featuring GOSSIP FROM THE GIRLS' ROOM. Click HERE to read her review. 

-Brooke Favero is highlighting THE BOOK THIEF. Click HERE to see what she thinks.

-Charlotte makes her MMGM debut with a feature on MISTRESS OF THE STORM. Click HERE to read her review.

And if you've done an MMGM on your blog and would like me to link you, drop me an email and I'll update the post. 

Happy Monday!


Don't forget, this is day one of the Elana Johnson POSSESSION Launch Festival of Awesome! Today, go to Beth Revis's site and comment to enter to win a signed copy of POSSESSION and learn the secret time that you need to use the Twitter hashtag #taggedPOSSESSION to win another signed copy of POSSESSION!

We're giving away 17 signed copies of POSSESSION throughout this week's blog tour--be sure to visit and enter to win! Tomorrow's giveaway will be hosted at Lisa and Laura Roecker's blog!


  1. Sounds like a fun read for a reluctant reader. I'll let someone else win who might have a kid who'd enjoy it. Mine's starting high school next year.

    FYI I'm interviewing Elana Johnson today and doing a big giveaway to support the debut of her book tomorrow at Literary Rambles. I hope you'll stop by.

  2. This sounds like a fantastic read. And a boy book about a reluctant reader??? That is a perfect premise! Thanks for offering it.

  3. I have a lovely new middle grade fantasy at my place today--Mistress of the Storm, by M.L. Welsh

    (finally I have a middle grade Monday post up at the right time!)

  4. Perfect, perfect, perfect!!! My 13-year-old middle grader is such a reluctant reader, and I would love to win this book for him! Thanks so much for another great giveaway :)

  5. This sounds great! My son isn't a reluctant reader but loves crazy humor like this. Thanks for the word about it and the link!

  6. Thanks on the giveaway!! This is a really wanna read and share for me, lol.

    And saw Elana's book in the Indigo Cross Iron Mills, just outside of Calgary! I didn't have enough money to get it (but will be this weekend!)--so, I sold two copies, one to a friend who was there with me, and one to a staff member, he he. Plus, I ordering one for the library.

  7. I have many reluctant readers at my school . . . would love to check this out.

  8. Sounds like another great read! Thanks for sharing.

  9. sounds great

    gfc follower

  10. Sounds like a great read! :) Plus, I bet my brother will like it too. :) Count me in! :)

  11. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I love finding MGs for reluctant readers.

  12. This is a definite choice for my tom-boy granddaughter. It is hard to find things she's interested in.

  13. Thanks for the great review. I'm definitely going to be looking in July for it. I think my nephews will love it.

  14. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Luckily my daughter isn't a reluctant reader but this book still sounds fun. Please enter me.

    GFC(Mona Garg)


  15. I saw "Mona" above this and I thought it said "mom." And I thought, oh, how nice! Her mom comments on her blog! My mom doesn't know what a blog IS.
    lol ;)
    Anyway, I look forward to getting this book for my son. Looks fantastic. Thanks!

  16. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower.

  17. Sounds like a fun read. And how great are you for giving away your ARCs!!

  18. I'm telling my mom about this book the next time I see her. She teaches and has quite a few reluctant readers, and this sounds PERFECT.

  19. I just had the pleasure of reading Charlie Joe Jackson and it is fantastic. I chuckled thru the whole thing. I'll be hosting Tommy Greenwald on my blog on July 5th so I'll send you a link if you'd like to link it on yours. He's a seriously funny guy. :)

  20. This sounds like a great book. I'm sure kids, reluctant to read or not, will enjoy reading this.

  21. I think this would be an awesome book for my son who is a very reluctant reader!!!

  22. Aaaahhhhhhhh! I haven't seen this one yet! *runs away to find it* :-)

  23. Oooh -- sounds like a good one!


  24. OMG I L-O-V-E the concept of this book! After teaching many reluctant readers, especially some boys, this would have been a treasure. Why didn't I think of writing this????

  25. Sounds like a brilliant book! My little cousin would absolutely adore this. Although, I'm not going to lie: I would probably read it first before giving it to him!

    I'm following your blog and am already in love with it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Sounds great!

    colleen at myartsite dot com


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