Katie Friedman Gives up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It)
Katie Friedman Gives up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It)

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Series: Charlie Joe Jackson Vol. 7   

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Annotation: Charlie Joe Jackson's tough best friend Katie Friedman tries to convince her fellow middle schoolers to give up their cell phones for a week.
Catalog Number: #135542
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Square Fish
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Coovert, J. P.,
Pages: 227 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-11097-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96312-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-11097-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96312-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014037585
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Fans of the Charlie Joe Jackson series will enjoy Greenwald's latest, which shines a spotlight on Charlie's pal Katie Friedman. Like everyone else in middle school, Katie is completely addicted to her cell phone. But when she accidentally hurts someone's feelings after carelessly texting, she takes seriously the exhortations of the adults around her that she should curb her cell-phone habits. When the lead singer of her favorite band, Jane Plantero, offers backstage passes to a concert if Katie and 10 of her friends can give up texting for a week, Katie is game. But can she get her friends to play along? Despite the potential for a heavy-handed message with this hot-button topic, Greenwald never gets preachy. He keenly understands the middle-school mentality and crafts a world readers will immediately identify with, and Katie's dream-come-true friendship with Jane adds a nice touch of wish fulfillment. Coovert's cartoonish spot illustrations contribute to the light atmosphere. Greenwald might even convince readers to take a break from texting . . . 4 1 wk ;).
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12; Katie Friedman's day begins the same way it does for many middle schoolers: she eats cereal, gets dressed, and rides the bus to school, all while texting with her friends. One day, she sends a message meant for a friend to her boyfriend, Nareem, about how she wants to break up with him. This embarrassing mix-up, coupled with the anti-technology views of her favorite singer, lead Katie to give up texting for a week, and she tries to convince 10 friends to do it with her. The incentive: backstage passes to see her favorite band. The kids end up enjoying the "real communication" that occurs when they put their phones away, but they also miss the perks of cell phones&12;from coordinating rides home to the quick pick-me-up of a funny text from a friend. Greenwald's message is clear: what matters is being honest and connecting with each other regardless of what medium is used. The quick pacing and well-described world make up for the potentially didactic nature of the subject. The plot is somewhat contrived, but fans of Charlie Joe Jackson's world will enjoy getting to spend more time with these characters. Small black-and-white cartoons are scattered throughout.&12; Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Word Count: 34,231
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 174601 / grade: Middle Grades

When a text goes wrong, Katie Friedman learns the hard way that sometimes you need to disconnect to connect. Here are a few things you need to know about Katie Friedman: 1. Katie is swearing off phones for life (No, seriously. She just sent the wrong text to the wrong person ) 2. She wants to break up with her boyfriend. (Until, that is, he surprises her with front row tickets to her favorite band, Plain Jane. Now what ?) 3. She wants to be a rock star (It's true. She has a band and everything.) 4. Her best friend is Charlie Joe Jackson. (Yeah, you know the guy.) 5. And most importantly, Katie's been offered the deal of a lifetime--get ten of her friends to give up their phones for one week and everyone can have backstage passes to Plain Jane. (A whole week ? Is that even possible?) Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting by Tommy Greenwald is a fun and hilarious spinoff from the beloved Charlie Joe Jackson series, starring all your favorite characters.

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