Bound To Stay Bound

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 Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to planet girl (Charlie Joe Jackson)
 Author: Greenwald, Tom

 Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 203 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 400492 ISBN: 9781596438415
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Subjects:
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Volume 5--Everyone has a girlfriend except Charlie Joe! But he won't be left in the dust. Look out for make-ups, break-ups, and hilarious romance tips as Charlie Joe figures out this crazy little thing called love.

 Illustrator: Coovert, J. P.
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 177092

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (07/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Charlie Joe Jackson is back for his fifth appearance in this series. He still doesn't like to read books, but he has a bigger problem now; everyone in middle school has a girlfriend except him. Charlie needs some advice and his first stop is the media center where the good-natured librarian, Mrs. Reedy, offers a classic, but somewhat dated title that not only doesn't get him a girlfriend, but instead gets Charlie into more difficulties. Caught kissing his friend Jake's girlfriend by his longtime friend Katie, who he really likes, Charlie's "indiscretions" become the talk of the school. And every time Charlie attempts to right things, he only gets into more trouble…with the school principal, with the gym teacher, and his friends. Even the summer camp reunion weekend is ruined when Charlie and his camp mate get stuck in the New York Public Library archives and he delivers a reinterpreted love sonnet to Katie (Charlie Joe style) in a failed attempt to win her affection. But our romance-seeking protagonist eventually figures things out in a satisfying conclusion that will please readers. The story is funny and engaging with each chapter ending on a mild cliff-hanger that will entice reluctant readers to keep going. Interspersed with the story are romantic tips from other characters who offer further advice on how to survive "planet girl." VERDICT Fans of the series will thoroughly this enjoy this installment.—Anne Jung-Mathews, Plymouth State University, NH - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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