A boy called Joe and he is the hero of the book. This is his tale about being strong and keeping cool when things around you are falling apart. The name of the book Fearless Joe Dearborne tells us that the story is about a boy who is intelligent, brave, kind and adventurous.
The tale is gripping and leads us from one adventure to another. The icy, menacing looking Mrs Chill much like her name is a formidable enemy for Joe, as he is his habit of helping others first and thinking later. His father hires her as his minder, hoping to keep him out of trouble and away from things that could be fatal for him. His friend Green Beans, the silly reporter, his aunt and her love for lilacs, the plot and characters are a treat to read.
Mrs Chill keeps her evil eye on him and made sure he is too busy and tired for any adventures. Little does Joe’s father know that if Joe will not look for adventure, then adventure will come looking for him!
I enjoyed reading Joe’s adventures and trying to figure out how he would handle the next challenge thrown at him. He manages to scrape along at times and at others he is flying! He might not be fearless or is he just brave but he has presence of mind and manages find clues and tricks to keep him alive.
This is one adventure that children will enjoy reading and will learn a lot of things along the way. It is a lesson about how life changes when we lose a parent and how a home turns into just a house. A lot of emotions are explored and friendships forged at the unlikeliest of places.
A real adventure that teaches us to be true to ourselves; I think not just kids but adults too can to enjoy and learn from this book!!