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.
The Buzz About the Book
Be sure to check out the Book Review Blitz Wrap-Up for Fearless Joe Dearborne were you can read excerpts from the 40+ reviews generated through the blitz. Here are some of the things reviewers had to say about Fearless Joe Dearborne:
Leigh Shearin: “Children from age 8-12 should love this story. It is full of suspense and excitement, but also provides well-disguised learning opportunities, which should please parents as well. I simply can’t say enough good things about this wonderful debut novel. Lisa Whitney Mitchell has come out fearlessly, treating us all to what could become an iconic novel!”
Heart of a Philanthropist: “This reader was impressed with how many subplots are in Fearless Joe Dearborne. It is a short easy read. The book can easily be finished in just a few reading sessions. If you are looking for a good mystery embedded with humor, this book is for you! Recommended for 9-13-year-old readers.”
Identity Discovery: “I thought this was a fantastic book. Each chapter starts with a word being defined and then the word is used in the chapter. I absolutely love this aspect. It not only is an entertaining story, but it helps kids to learn new words and how to use them. The character development really showed Joe’s transformation. I loved it.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners: “There is so much to love about this book…The storyline, setting, characters and pacing make this a great book for your kids to read alone or with you. I know I enjoyed it, so I recommend reading it with your child. I highly recommend it!”
1:25 am Reviews: “I read this entire book in one sitting. I just couldn’t bear to put it down because there was never a dull moment!!”
BeachBoundBooks: “This is such a fantastic story. There is so much going on to keep children entertained throughout the book… The story teaches children about character and believing in yourself.”
Bookworm for Kids: “Of course, I’m always a fan of shorter adventures. The 135 pages invites even hesitant readers to take a peek and get swept away in the fun. In other words, I can recommend this to boys and girls who love adventure, a few chills and tons of fun thrown in.”
Sunshine, Bubbles, and Books: “One of the strongest points of this book is how it shows the difference between being brave and being fearless. Often books portray recklessness as a positive trait… as a mother, I love that this paints it in a more realistic light. That there are consequences to actions.”
A Leisure Moment: “This story is filled with adventure and mystery which can be inferred through the book cover… 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!”
Brooke Blogs: “I enjoyed the story as much as my 12-year-old daughter did. This was a quick read and a page turner that we didn’t want to put down until we were finished.”
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.