Archive for May, 2013

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Synposis:  Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading and Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit, by Tommy Greenwald, report the hilarious adventures of Charlie, who will stop at nothing to avoid reading a book or studying to get good grades.  Charlie is in middle school, with all the usual social pressures and parental problems.  But he creates more trouble for himself by refusing to do any actual work.  The chapters are short, the lists of tips are really funny and this is an easy read.

Ben:  An awesome book- perfect for the reluctant reader.  This book is funny because of so many different reasons.  Also, it feels pretty real with all the same things that happen in middle school.  Just try reading only 5 pages-it won’t work.  You have to read the whole thing.

Mom:  Usually this type of  book feels fake to me, but I thought Greenwald perfectly captured how it feels to be a tween boy.  I laughed out loud more than once.  There is a lot here to appeal to reluctant readers.  I found nothing inappropriate, although some of the situations were uncomfortably real.  Hand this book to any middle-school boy you know!  (The girls will love it too!)


theo-staff Summary:  We reviewed Theodosia and The Serpents of Chaos earlier and we finally got our hands on the latest three books:  Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris, Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus, and Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh.  Theodosia is a nineteenth century British girl who can see Egyptian curses and knows how to remove them.  Luckily, her parents are archeologists who are in charge of a museum.  Theodosia has all sorts of adventures involving such groups as the Serpents of Chaos, the Order of the Black Sun and the Eyes of Horus, as well as unlikely friendships made in England and Egypt.

theo-horusBen:A very good series to read.  Theodosia’s slightly rebellious attitude mixed with her frustration at others makes her a character easy to like.  I was happy with this series.

Rachel:  This series is one of the best I’ve read.  I love these kinds of books.  And considering that I’m a girl and I like history, it was even better for me.  I encourage those who are girls and like history to read these books.

Mom:  I really enjoyed these books!  I love to read about Egyptian mythology, but I also really love plucky female heroines.  A lot of Theodosia’s family issues are brought out and examined, and somewhat resolved, although I think there is material there for another book.  The second book, like the first, has one swear word.  The other two didn’t have anything inappropriate.