Publisher: Kenan John
Date of publication: February 4, 2016
“The whole playground stopped, all the birds in the trees flew away, the fresh leaves withered and fell to the ground, and everybody’s ice cream suddenly melted.”
In a normal world, 12-year-old Jesse Winkler is one of the few who dares to stand out.
‘A weirdo,’ the children at the adventure playground call him, and not just because of his red bow tie. Strange things always seem to happen when Jesse is around.
No one can quite figure out what ‘brave Jake,’ who just happens to be the most popular kid in the playground, sees in ‘weirdo’ Jesse. But Jake always knew. He could just tell. One person’s weirdo is another person’s hero.
Jesse and the Thinkers is an adventure story of friendship, magical mystery, and suspense.
Along the journey awaits allies, enemies, and evil beyond description with an obsession for death and destruction. He knows they are coming, but while there is Jesse, there is hope.
It’s time to wake up and start dreaming.
Let me start off by saying that a book that captures Miss B’s attention, holds it and then makes her want to see what else happens is a book that stands out to me. I did something that I normally don’t do, I had her read it first.
She loved it. She loved that she could relate to Jesse and Jake. She got invested in the plot. At some points, she would come up to me and ask “Why, Mom, why did this happen?” She hates cliffhangers as much as I do. But she asked me to find out when book 2 will be published because she wants to see what happens next.
When I read the book, I could see why she liked Jesse and Jake’s characters so well. Like her, Jesse refuses to bend to society’s expectation of him. Which is fantastic.
I can’t get too much into the book without giving away the ending but I will say this, the storyline all ties together. Every single sub story gets tied in at the end of the book. Which is great.
The only thing I had an issue with is that there was a cliffhanger. I detest cliffhangers. But (and there is always a but) in a way, cliffhangers are great. They get you to buy the 2nd book and guess what, I will be buying that as soon as it is out.
Now Miss B had a review on the book also. It is one word: “COOL“. So there you go. The tween wonder’s first book review.
Would I read this book again? Yes and like I said above, I will be buying the 2nd book as soon as it comes out on Kindle. I will be downloading it to B’s Kindle also
Would I recommend this book to family and friends? Yes. It is a very clean, very amusing children’s fantasy that has a fantastic message: “Don’t be afraid to be yourself.”
Age range: Tween on up
Where to buy: Amazon
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**