Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on July 11th 2014
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.
Here is yet another book that I wished I had my hands on when I was in the classroom. The main character Joe is in the 6th grade. So during my 10 years of teaching 6th grade, this would’ve been a perfect little read for my somewhat timid and scared kiddos as they entered the big world of middle school.
There are life lessons to be learned, and who better to experience those, but through Joe, a character that other kids can relate to. Something big happens to Joe. An event that doesn’t happen very often for the young. His dad is there to provide some guidance some other events happen, and Joe is starting to feel a little differently.
This story is filled with adventure and mystery which can be inferred through the book cover. The introduction of another minor character, Ms. Chill, who could really be considered a major, has another agenda of her own that adds another spin to the story. The attention to detail, along with the description of events really creates an atmosphere of a great story that upper elementary/middle level students will truly enjoy!