Who is Charlie Joe Jackson?

CHARLIE JOE JACKSON may be the most reluctant reader every born. He does whatever it takes to get out of reading, and so far, it’s worked out really well. But one day in middle school he gets into trouble, and finds his impressive record is on the line. Will he push his luck and do whatever it takes to get out of reading, or will he finally bite the bullet and… gasp… read a book?

Charlie Joe Jackson—the hero of the CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO series—is actually three people, Charlie, Joe and Jack. My three sons (cue theme song).

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get all three of them to read. Especially Jack, my youngest, who would rather stare at a blank wall than actually open a book. So one day I said to myself: what would be the one book that they would actually WANT to read? I decided it had to be a book about how to avoid books.

Thus, was Charlie Joe Jackson—perhaps the most reluctant reader ever born—created.

But of course, my kids were true to form – they refused to read it. At first. I begged and pleaded… nothing. Finally, when I told them that I named the main character after them, they agreed to read it. And they actually really liked it.

But they haven’t read a book since.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

A huge best-seller! Or, at the very least, a solid good-seller. This is our introduction to Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader ever born. 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. Co-starring Charlie Joe's dogs, Moose and Coco.

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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit

More is better! Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader ever born, is now trying desperately to get straight A's in order to avoid going to academic camp for the summer. Along the way, he betrays his good friend, loses the girl of his dreams, and ends up acting in a school play about the inventor of paper towels. Caramel apples and boy fox hunters are also involved.

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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation

All I can tell you right now is that this book will be just as hilarious as the first two books, and will feature basketball, Lech Walesa, and one of those fake old towns where everyone dresses up in really uncomfortable costumes.