Title: Fearless Joe Dearborne | Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell | Publication Date: July 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 198 | Recommended Ages: 8+
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Summary: Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.
Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.
But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.
A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.
My Thoughts: I read this book aloud to my 11-yr-old daughter. I think I had as much fun reading it as she did hearing it. She’s kind of gotten past the stage where parents and kids typically read together, so this was a real treat for me. She is a total bookworm, like me, and likes to read long novels (also, like me). This book was a great length, we read a little together every night for about a week. For a first novel, I was very impressed. Am very interested to read what Lisa Whitney Mitchell puts out for her second novel. For any parents out there who miss reading with their tween children, this is a good one for you.
Joe finds himself in several sticky situations throughout the book and finds ways to deal with these situations in a natural way without resorting to solutions that are beyond his abilities. The pace of the book is good, as well. A very good first novel.
About the Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell
Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
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