By Lisa Whitney Mitchell
198 pages – ages 8+
Published by CreateSpace on July 11, 2014
Synopsis- Joe Dearborne enjoyed being fearless. But when he gets bitten by a deadly snake and loses his legendary fearlessness (and almost his life), his world changes forever. Because his mother died a bit ago (just around two years), and because of the snake incident, his father hires a woman by the name of Mrs. Chill to look out for him. All goes well – until his father leaves on a business trip. Then Joe’s life gets horribly miserable. Mrs. Chill starts ruining his life! When Joe learns of a horrid conspiracy plot against his wealthy (but naive) great-aunt, he knows he must do something! But who will believe him?
What I Liked- This was a very good book. I couldn’t put it down! Joe is a character who you can’t help but feel sorry for and end up wanting him to succeed. His life, while (somewhat) normal, is turned upside down, when he looses his legendary fearlessness. No one can see the evil in the woman who is housekeeping for his family, except for Joe (and the reader) and no one will listen to him about it! The book has adventure, and also excitement. Ms. Mitchell really keeps you captivated! There is some humor (usually resulting from a very naive great-aunt) that ties into the story very nicely. The plot is tight and the writing entertaining. This is a fun book, and one I would gladly recommend.