Tag Archive: Junior high books


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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!)

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Synopsis:  Dak, Sera and Riq are back, but this time they are facing Vikings!  The break in time occurs in the 800’s in Paris, when the French were facing attack from a group of invading Vikings advancing up the River Seine.  Through a series of misadventures, the trio find themselves separated and on opposing sides of the battle.  Sera finds a touch of romance, while Dak explores a real Viking ship.

Matthew:  I really enjoyed this book.  The cool feature that I’ve rarely seen in other books, is that you can download an app to go along with the book.  It is a really cool game.  I enjoyed the app and the book quite a book.  I would highly recommend this series!

Gasp!  Dad read this too!  His comment:  Great story with a lot of action.  It had some surprising twists and turns.  Just when you thought it was over, something unexpected happened.

Mom:  I wasn’t sure how this series would change with a change of author.  I was disappointed with 39 Clues when that happened, but this series continues to have the same standards.  No swear words or inappropriate scenes!  This was a little more violent, but not graphically so.  We are talking about Vikings, after all.  I particularly enjoyed learning more about a time in history that was unfamiliar.  The romance seems a little sudden and a little cheesy, but I don’t think that will bother many young readers.

theodosia-and-the-serpents-of-chaosSynopsis:  Cursed artifacts, German spies, museum traitors, and secret organizations – what’s not to like?  Theodosia is a young British girl who can see the black magic and curses on the objects that her archaeologist parents bring home from their digs in Egypt.  There is a secret plot to destroy the British Empire (and possibly a whole lot more), which Theodosia must overcome using her unique talents.

Rachel:  I think this book is for people who like museums or work in them.  They will also have to like Britain a little in this book.  This book was good.  There is also a series out there too.  My favorite part was when Theodosia talked about the curses she was seeing.

Ben:  Really cool. Kind of boring at the beginning, though.  I had an awesome time reading about headstrong Theodosia.  She always gets her way.  I hope that everyone else will love this book.

Mom:  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  There is a wonderful flavor about Theodosia.  She has pluck, spirit, and a sense of adventure, but she is definitely full of common sense.  I must add that there is one swear word on page 274, so use your best judgement there.  Other than that, nothing else is objectionable.  We looked up the name Theodosia on the Social Security website, and it hasn’t been popular for 100 years, if it ever was at all.