Jack Strong Takes a Stand by Tommy Greenwald
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Jack Strong just wants to be a regular kid. But his parents have overscheduled his week with every extracurricular activity under the sun: tennis, baseball, cello, karate, tutoring, and Chinese language lessons – all on top of regular homework. His parents want him to be “well-rounded” and prepared for those crucial college applications. Jack’s just about had enough.
And so, in Jack Strong Takes a Stand by Tommy Greenwald, he stages a sit-in on his couch and refuses to get up until his parents let him quit some of the extracurriculars. As Jack’s protest gains momentum, he attracts a local television host who is interested in doing a segment about him. Tensions rise as counter protesters camp out across the street from Jack and his couch. Jack’s enjoying this new-found attention, but he’s worried that this sit-in may have gone too far.
We recently got a chance to review this wonderful book by Tommy Greenwald. Like his other books (the Charlie Joe Jackson series) this book is well written, easy for kids to read and it keeps them engaged with page turning plot and characters.
What makes kids relate to Jack is that, Jack Strong isn’t particularly noble. He’s not a rebel. He’s not an over – or under-achiever – nor, despite his name, is he particularly strong. He’s just a middle grader who’s tired of being told what to do and being rushed from one activity to the other.
As parents we want what is best for our kids, but sometimes we do get cut up with the whole “It will look good on the college applications” kind of thinking. And as if our kids don’t already have long school hours and homework we encourage them that just one after school activity is probably not enough and they could do so many more. Some kids can do it, but some just like Jack Strong could use a bit of a break and down time, to be nothing else but kids their age.
We definitely enjoyed reading the Jack Strong Takes a Stand book and hope you will check it out too!
About the Author: Tommy Greenwald went on strike once in his life, when the local Baskin-Robbins decided to discontinue his favorite flavor, German Chocolate Cake. The strike lasted until he realized they still sold Rocky Road. When Tommy Greenwald’s not sitting on his couch, he’s the Executive Creative Director at SPOTCO, an entertainment advertising agency in New York City. Tommy swears he wasn’t anything like the over-involved dad portrayed in this book. Ask his kids! No wait, don’t. Tommy lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cathy; his non-reading sons, Charlie, Joe and Jack; and his dogs, Moose and Coco.
Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in Hancock, MA with her best beau Charles Forsman and their best cat Bruce.
Jack Strong Takes a Stand is perfect for ages 8 and up, with 240 pages, costs $15.99 and it’s available from September 2013.
For more info and to pre-order this book visit Roaring Brook Press website!
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