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.
Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Mitchell is a satisfying middle grade mystery and adventure book. 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. She loved the characters and I did as well. Even though it was geared toward a somewhat younger age group, it was still a story we liked. It reminded me of reading the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew stories when I was younger. We look forward to reading more from this author and having more adventures with Joe Dearborne!
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