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Nolichuck! TJ's Wild Frontier Adventure

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published 2011 by Whoodo Mysteries
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I did not want to post a review on this book because my policy most of the books that I stop reading/dis-like is not to put a review on but I decided the author wanted me to because of the non-stop emailing that I have been receiving from him. This book is about bullying/history lesson/time-travel/divorce/a kid dis-liking school/frontier life/ too many things put in a short read of a book. When I first received the book I was put off by the cover, however I did not let that stop me reading. The ...more
Jack King
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall Review:

TJ is a typical fourteen-year-old who struggles with divorced parents, frequent bullying and having difficulty with schoolwork. He especially dislikes his history class, which is a bit ironic as his father is a big historian. After a particularly difficult day, TJ is home alone when he finally discovers a secret that his father's been keeping for years. This discovery changes his life forever.

TJ is a well-developed character; you really sympathize with him during his struggles an
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 5/17/13:

I have had this one on my review list for quite awhile, but I'm trying to knock these lingering ones out. I read this one over the past few days and while it certainly has merits - this was not the book for me.

The main character, TJ, is still reeling from his parents' divorce and trying to figure out how life is supposed to work now that his family has been drastically altered. I found that he was a realistic characte
Joel Jackson
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
"Nolichuck! TJ's Wild Frontier Adventure" by Jackson Keene provides an interesting read that concurrently explores the issues that possibly emerge in the life of a young adolescent male in the 21st century and in the culture of early 19th century TN. The book starts rather rough by pouring many issues into the the life of TJ as he struggles to grow up in the 21st century. He is a frequent victim of bullies, fails academically, socially, and on the athletic field, and he reels from the recent div ...more
Bookish Michelle
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Nolichuck is an interesting read about a lonely boy, TJ, going through the aftermath of his parents' divorce. He is often a victim of bullying in school, obtains undesirable grades and obviously not a popular guy in school. His sole confidant, his younger sister Natalie, was the only person he felt close to and often discussed anything and everything with her. Things changed when TJ found a green book in his father's desk, which was usually locked. That was the start of the greatest adventure of ...more
P.T. Macias
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult
Recommended to P.T. by: Jackson Keene
Nolichuck, TJ’s Wild Frontier Adventure by Jackson Keene is an amazing exciting adventure of a young man named Thomas James Cockrell, called TJ.
TJ is in high school and living the hardest time of his life. He’s in that awkward teenage years, lacks self-confidence, and has no interest in school. His only passion at the moment is drama class and plays.
He has the typical issues at school of being harassed and bullied by the bigger and more popular kids. His misery is compounded by his parents’ divo
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've only managed to read past the first quarter of the book. The review was due last week but I felt I had to try reading it again, still neither the story nor the characters held my attention. Just to be clear, I didn't have any problem with the author's writing style, the story just didn't work for me.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fairly short, fun read.

Nolichuck follows a 14-year-old boy, named TJ, as he makes his way through a suddenly exciting life.

His life is not easy, not by a long shot. His parents have divorced/separated and it seems final, while his mother due to work moves to another state taking his sister, Natalie, with her, TJ's only confidante.
It is hard enough living with his dad, a decent man who unfortunately has found no common ground with him, but forced to live without his younger sister, the one pers
Glenda Bixler
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Yes, I am one of those adults who also enjoy reading books for all ages. Yes, it kinda comes with the territory as a book reviewer, but, also, I've found that writers who decide to write for the young take special care to ensure content appropriate to the age. It's a nice break to sit back and enjoy a story that is written to help young adults get interested in reading. In this case, it will undoubtedly also get them interested in history! I assure you that Nolichuck! will be read with just as m ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jackson Keene

My " in a nutshell" summary...

TJ's life pretty much bites...he lives with his dad...his sister lives with his mom...the aftermath of a recent divorce. He is miserable at school...his grades are down and he's not on the basketball team with his closest friends. He is being bullied by a bigger kid and the "cool" girls make fun of him...his life is pretty much a mess. He misses his sister who lives with his mom in another state and his dad is distant.

My thoughts after readi
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, ya, fantasy
I love reading books like this that have great meanings behind them. This one has one that is close to me, which is bullying. I like how the author takes a sensitive subject and writes it to where kids and adults can understand it and may relate. This book is not all about bullying. It's really a story about the evolution of TJ. He goes from being forgotten, picked on and having low self esteem to being confident and standing up for himself. TJ gets picked on and pushed around by some of the joc ...more
Cathy Speight
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a fairly unchartered foray for me. Nolichuck is a YA novel aimed at 11-16-year-olds, but it’s one that adults can enjoy too. At least, this adult did. It's more than just a story about a bullied 14-year-old—it's also a bit of a history lesson about nineteenth-century Tennessee frontier life.

TJ is a rather unhappy teenager: his parents are divorced, and his younger sister, Natalie, of whom he’s so very fond, lives with his mother, while he lives with his successful historian father. He’s
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent novel that is not only great historical fiction but actually has meaning. It seems like bullying has been a huge topic in America this year, and rightly so. It's a problem; an epidemic, if you will. It's not new but finally getting the attention it deserves so that hopefully we can change how children and adults treat each other. Ok...I'm coming down off of my soapbox now.

TJ, like many kids nowadays, is the unfortunate victim of parental divorce. His sister now lives far awa
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle Grade/Young Adult readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Jackson Keene
Normally I'd write a more detailed review, especially when an author requests a review.
(Especially, or possibly despite of, getting numerous (read: constant) requests from the author for a review and explanation of my low rating.)
However I have tried and failed many times to write a proper review for this novel.

What I didn't like:

I feel like this floats between two genre/age groups. TJ thinks like a character from a MG novel would, yet at the same time the violence and language as well as his
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brilliant and imaginative! I liked this book very much, definitely not something I read regularly but something greatly enjoyable and lovely....
TJ is a constantly bullied 14-year-old teenager . After his parents divorced, and he got separated from his beloved sister, his world ( and his grades!) began cashing down. But when one day, TJ finds a green book in the drawer that his father has always kept locked (except this time!) TJ is unaware that this book is going to send him on a life-altering
Dallin Squire
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readin2012
My Thoughts-
The Good:

Time Travel -- This is (again) time travel. Like I have said before, time travel is amazing!
History -- I LOVE history. The battles, the politics, the people, and of course, the romance. This book was chock-full of amazing historical facts. Most of the story takes place in Tennessee, near the Nolichucky River.
Romance -- What I thought was amazing is how right when one of TJ's few ramances started, he found something very awesome when he got home. Very amusing in my opinion.
Melanie Robertson-King
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
TJ Cockrell is an average fourteen year-old boy. Still grieving from his parent's divorce and his young sister, Natalie, going to live with their mother, he struggles with classes at school - especially history, has little self-confidence which is compounded by the bullying he receives from the more popular students at his school.

When TJ discovers a mysterious green book in his father's normally locked desk drawer, his adventure begins. He finds himself back in the year 1802 and quickly has to b
Anna RBTL Book Promotions
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
actual rating is 3.5

I enjoyed this story and I felt a longing for TJ my daughter has also encountered bullying at school and I felt for him. He struggles daily with the divorce of his parents and the bully's at school. While at his father's desk which was normally locked. TJ found that it was left unlocked and his curiosity got the best of him and he found a mysterious green book in there. That is when his adventure begins. Jackson has written a very good book that will definitely appeal to the
Robin Tidwell
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
“TJ’s just an ordinary fourteen-year-old kid with extraordinary problems at home and school…and then that mysterious little green book had to go and throw him into the past. And not just any past, but into the untamed forbidding forests of 1802 eastern Tennessee along with the savage Indians, wild beasts, bloodthirsty robbers, backwoods ruffians, and log cabin living!”

Mr. Keene’s novel is a refreshing twist on time travel – the main character is relatable and realistic, and struggles in high sch
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't stand this book. There were so many editorial and spelling errors that I felt like I was constantly correcting the writing. Whatever happened to editors?

Plus, it was given to my by a youth ministry organization to review for use with my teens. But there was a lot of swearing, so much that I would never use this with teens, letting them think I thought this profane use of language was justified.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a very good book! I especially enjoyed the way that the book took the many challanges that young people face today and showed them that even if they don't think they are able to meet the challanges they face, deep inside them they do have the strength to face any situation that comes their way.

I enjoyed the author's writing style, and I think that it will appeal to kids too. Most of all, I love the new found interest in history!
Lisa Cox
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a great book for middle school kids. Lots of information on the pioneers and habits of that era. It had a great pace, though there were a few things that were confusing at first.
The only thing keeping this from being a 4 star for me was there was a tad too much religion in it for me.
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