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Monday, November 17, 2014

Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell

Fearless Joe Dearborne
Lisa Whitney Mitchell
ISBN: 9781495933592
Publisher's Synopsis:
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.

MrsK's Review:
"It had been ninety-nine days since Joe Dearborne last risked his life. 
As his school bus slowed to a stop on a Friday afternoon in November, Joe thought, 
If I can just get home without anything happening, I’ll make it to one hundred tomorrow. 
That should make Dad happy."

This story is a delightful surprise, you know when you begin reading you realize that you are totally engaged and enjoying the story... well that's what happened with this fun read. The story line completely took me by surprise. Fearless Joe begins his story completely fearless...
"The red and yellow thing moved, and Joe realized it was a coral snake. 
He remembered the saying his mother taught him so he would recognize one and never touch it: 
if it has a black nose and red touches yellow, it’s a deadly fellow...   
Just past the living room, he stumbled.
It was hard to breathe. He reached for the wall, but it kept moving.
He collapsed to the floor. Thud was the last sound Joe made."

Joe is the person that runs towards danger. The students, teachers, neighbors, and just about everyone considers him a hero. His father considers him as a boy heading towards a disaster that must be stopped. So, once Joe was bitten by the snake his father decides to hire a live in housekeeper to watch over Joe. And... from that point on, Joe is plagued with doubts and fears.

Mrs. Chill is definitely not his new best friend. Not only is his favorite shirt missing the day of a test, so many weird things begin happening. Is it still the left over venom in his system? Is there really something not right about Mrs. Chill? Why did his father have to go away to save the family business? Who can he trust? Should he tell his Aunt P? Or could he trust Meg?

There are so many twists and turns, so many quick adventures that will leave you "rooting" for Joe to become fearless again. The settings are well defined. The characters take on life as you are pushing Joe forward out of his funk. The story line will surprise even the best predictor.

A must read and share for classrooms, libraries, and your independent readers,

Enjoyable read... perfect for your classroom readers!
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Meet the Author:
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.
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