Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell

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!!

About the Book

Title: Fearless Joe Dearborne | Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell | Publication Date: July 11, 2014 | Publisher:Independent | Pages: 198 | Recommended Ages: 8+
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.


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