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.
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!
Meanwhile, don't forget: if you spread the word about POSSESSION, you can win one of FIVE signed copies of the book!
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!