Greenwald, Tommy Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Planet Girl, 201 pgs. MacMillan (Roaring Brook Press), 2015. $13.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Charlie Joe discovers he is the only one of his friends who doesn’t have a girlfriend, so he goes to the library (of all places) to see if there is a book that will help him. When Mrs. Reedy recommends a book about Boy/Girl communication, Charlie Joe becomes the love guru! Everyone asks him for advice, but the advice he gives himself is terrible, and before he know it, Charlie Joe is in trouble with his best friend, has ruined things with the girl he likes, and nearly every one of his friends are mad at him.
In usual Charlie Joe fashion, what starts out as a simple plot blossoms into a realistic life lesson, and Charlie Joe comes out ahead. I love this series, this is book 7. You’ll want to read them in order as they build on each other. This had a big “reunion” scene from book #3. Well written and funny, the girls will like it, the boys should love it. Who wouldn't love Charlie Joe’s antics, trying to get out of actually doing any work, and sort of succeeding. MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian