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Little Joe

(Round Rock #1)

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When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhoo ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dale Harcombe
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starting in 1942, this is a charming story of a boy whose life is dramatically altered. After the death of both his parents in a car accident, Little Joe goes to live with his grandparents on a farm in Tennessee. Little Joe not only misses his parents but struggles with many aspects of farm life including the killing of animals. Like Little Joe, I didn’t want to know about the killing of animals and quickly skipped over those passages. But the rest was a charming story of a boy and the two frien ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book one in the Round Rock series.

Little Joes life changes completely when his parents die in a car crash. He finds himself living on a farm with his grandparents. This is Joes story of living with his grandparents in the 1940s.

Although I’m not keen on reading about books from decades ago I thought this was a really well written and informative story. I’ll be watching out for this author in the future.
Erin
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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Michael Glasscock's Little Joe reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting. Covering everything from prejudice and racism to the harsh realities of farm life, Glasscock creates a very authentic portrait of small town America in the shadow of World War II. Unfortunately, his touch and go style of storytelling makes the narrative equally one dimensional.

I guess what I'm trying to say it what works on an easel doesn't translate a
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Julie
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Little Joe by Michael Gallacock is a 2013 Greenleaf Press publication. This is the first book in the Round Rock series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Litte Joe is the only survivor of a terrible car accident that claimed the life of his parents in 1942.
Now he must live with his grandparents in Tennesse. Naturally, the nine year old boy must adjust to life without his parents, which is hard enough, but he also must adjust to leavi
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Anne Monteith
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
You can tell that the author spent time researching for his novella. In 1942 the route from Texas to the fictional town of Round Rock in Tennessee (near Carthage) in Smith County, would have put them on US 70N. Even today, the fog can be very bad in the fall when it rains. East of Nashville the valleys that lie between the mountains are subject to heavy fog. The weather can be sweltering, the humidity so dense you can barely breathe; and then the rain come. These rains can be extremely heavy for ...more
Brenda
Late one cold winters’ night in October, 1942, Little Joe Stout was travelling with his parents, Joe and Ann to Indiana, where his dad would take up his new posting in his job as an army pilot. But fate had other ideas for the family, and when a blown tyre in the vicious storm caused the car to plummet over a cliff, Little Joe was suddenly an orphan.

Catapulted into a life of grief and uncertainty, nine year old Little Joe began his new life in Round Rock, Tennessee with his grandparents on their
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Robin (Saturndoo)
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-read
I am a cover lover and absolutely adore this cover. That was the first thing that drew me in. I then read the synopsis which was intriguing and knew I had to read the book. Unfortunately,I was sorely disappointed.

Being from the Nashville area myself, I was very impressed with the author's portrayal and knowledge of the area. He was right on target!!!

Where this book fell flat was there was no emotion what so ever in this book. When Joe's parents died and he was forced to make some really big life
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Linda
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III from both librarything.com and netgalley.com in return for my honest review.

My problem with Little Joe is that it lacked emotion. In this novel, you have a 9 year-old boy whose parents were killed in an automobile accident from which he was the only survivor. The child, Joe, nicknamed Little Joe, was forced to live with his grandparents in Tennessee. Although the grandparents loved Little Joe, they seemed so abrupt with him, starting fr
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Pat
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a World War II era historical fiction about a boy, Little Joe, who lives with his grandparents in Round Rock, Tennessee after Little Joe survives a car accident that kills both of his parents. He will befriend two neighbor children and grow to love his grandparents through a variety of experiences. Most of these experiences center around the difficulties of an urban child growing up in a rural culture and grandparents trying to understand their grandchildren despite age differences.

There
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Denzil Pugh
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really did try to get into the book, to give it the chance it deserved. Unfortunately, I could not overcome the deficiencies that plague this novel. Thinking I was simply missing out on something, or that the beginning of the book was different from the rest, I went online and looked at other reviews. I agreed with them. One said that the author was trying to take Norman Rockwell paintings and turn them into words on a page, but failed to add the Romantic quality or Nostalgia that writing abou ...more
Maggielou
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not one to read historical fiction but for some reason Little Joe caught my eye. The cover was inviting and the synopsis wasn’t bad, so I said what the heck and I gave it a try. I wasn’t completely disappointed as the book was good but it was also missing something.

This story is about a little boy names Joe he lives with his grandparents in Tennessee in the era of WWII. How he came to live with them was so terribly sad. And that’s what Glasscock hits us with first, tragedy. This 9 year old
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Julie Heintzelman
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read the description of this book and was very excited to start reading it. I like historical books because it always seems I learn a lot more about history then I knew before.

I was very disappointed in this book. There was no excitement. Little Joe is orphaned after his parents die in a car crash and is forced to leave his TX home to live with his grandparents in TN. He is not happy but learns to adapt and his grandparents seem very wise. They are living on a farm in 1941.

Little Joe has a l
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Theresa Ann
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I don't know if others bothered to read the Q&A with the author at the end of the book or if they simply didn't notice it at the end of the book, but I noticed that some of the reviewers who didn't like the book as much as I did seemed to think Michael Glasscock did a lot of research to write this book. What we find out in the Q&A with the author was that a lot of these characters are based on real life people and the grandparents are based on his own maternal grandparents who he lived w ...more
Sarah
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free Adobe Digital Editions copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley, this has not compromised my ability to write an honest and critical review of the book.

4/11 - I'm really surprised how much I'm enjoying this considering the story is lacking what I would normally consider action, not much is happening and from what other reviewers have said, I can expect much of the same to the end of the book. The plot isn't leading up to a big finale or reveal, it's more about the
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Teresa
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SPOILERS WITHIN.
After his parents death, Little Joe ends up living with his grandparents in Round Rock. He soon learns life on a farm is much different than life in a city. One of the hardest things for him is to see the animals they feed and care for be prepared as food. When his grandmother prepares meals he complains about the amount of grease and salt as it's not the way his own mother prepared it. He manages to run away from the farm and return to Texas only to realise by the end of the sto
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Kathryn Svendsen
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Little Joe, book 1 in the Round Rock Series is set in the 1940’s during World War II. The book starts with Little Joe becoming an orphan due to a car crash that he was in with his parents. Little Joe ends up in Round Rock, Tennessee with his mother’s parents.

Little Joe has trouble adjusting to farm life, and the cold winter weather of Tennessee. All he wants to do is go back to Corpus Christi, Texas where he used to live. Little Joe’s grandparents do the best they can by Little Joe, but he finds
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Sorcha
Mar 30, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014, ebook, american


When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companion—Little Joe begins
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Ciska
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Author
Michael E. Glasscock was born in Longview Texas. He has a B.S. from the Tennessee Polytechinal Institute and and M.D from the University of Tennessee Medical Units. Glasscock has retired from the active practice of Otology - Neurotology in 1997.
Currently he keeps busy as a consultant to several medical related companies and writing fiction books.

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Karla
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
From the publisher:

When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companio
...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I liked Little Joe. I don't normally read historical fiction set in World War 2, but I enjoyed it more than I expected.

I loved seeing Joe's relationship with his grandparents, and if there's something I love, it's a book where there's a grandparent-grandchild relationship. They all had to adjust to their new life: Joe, who now has to live on a farm, in a world different than the one he's known, and his grandparents, who lost their daughter and are now raising their grandson.

The book felt like i
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Sherrey
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recently I selected Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III from my To Be Read pile looking for a charming, hopefully intriguing characters, and a lighter tale than I have read lately. When I selected Little Joe, I realized it was Book One of a Four-Part Series. Reading Little Joe hasn't charged me with the will to read Book Two.

Growing up in Nashville, TN, which is near the region Glasscock uses as his central geographic point, I was impressed with the accuracy of his descriptions of the Hwy. 70
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Tina
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-i-own
When an author writes a book that is so eloquently poignant, you have no choice but to love it. This is how I feel about Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III. This coming-of-age story provides the reader with an emotional journey into the psyche of a child who has suffered more loss at this tender age than most of us can imagine.

Little Joe Stout is nine years old when he becomes an orphan. Both his parents are killed in a car accident in which he was spared, and he is sent to live with his gra
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Bloggeretterized
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2star-ok
Little Joe is a story about a boy who has to grow up suddenly after the tragic death of his parents, but despite his growth on an emotional level, he is still a little boy who learns important life lessons from his mistakes.

Little Joe is a super fast read. I read it in one day. From its cover, I was expecting a heartbreaking-heartwarming story. A reminiscence of Lassie, if you will. I read the book, but I am sorry to say, that even though I enjoyed reading it, my heart didn’t break nor did it ge
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Nicola Mansfield
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book and I was at the perfect time to be reading it. I love these boyhood stories and haven't read WWII era for a while so I found Little Joe filling a void I didn't know I had. I just simply loved this tale. It's a time of boyhood, growing up on the cusp of WWII on the homefront. Living in the south at a time when Negroes were segregated and life wasn't fair. The book deals with death a lot starting from the beginning when Joe and his parents are in a car crash and Joe is t ...more
LAWonder10
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Attention all "Baby Boomers"! This is the beginning of a great new classic series! For all those who enjoyed the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and all those other nostalgic stories, you will absolutely love this! It is so well-written and steadily accelerates, never losing the reader's interest.

When I first saw the title, I was not especially anxious to read it but I made the commitment so had to give it equal consideration with an "open mind". I was so mistaken with my first impression.
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Eustacia Tan
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Little Joe sounded like a heartwarming story. I love the slice-of-life stories, really, I do! But, while Little Joe was descriptive, it was like coke without bubbles - flat. (Don't get me wrong, Coke without bubbles is awesome when you're ill. Coke with ginger is.... depends on whether you like ginger)

You see, Little Joe is about Little Joe Stout, who goes to live with his grandparents after his parents die in a tragic car accident. So he makes friends, gets bullied and learns a lot of life less
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Kara
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, netgalley
I would advise any reader who has enjoyed any book in author Michael E. Glasscock III's Round Rock Series of the somewhat unusual degree of variation among books in this collection. This observation is based on my experience reading Little Joe after The Trial of Dr. Kate.

The plots in these two novels, featuring a coming of age story and a mystery with a courtroom drama respectively, were completely different. I found Little Joe less compelling for this reason and because the protagonist interes
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Lis Carey
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, lit-fic
It's October 1942, and the Stout family--Ann, Joe, and their young son, Little Joe--are on their way to visit Ann's family before Joe, an Army pilot, takes up his new assignment in Indiana. There's a storm and the road conditions are terrible, though, and when a tire blows out, Little Joe is the only survivor of the resulting accident.

The loss of his parents, the abrupt transition from life in urban Texas to life in rural Tennessee, and the shock knowing the animals he's eating for dinner on his
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Teena in Toronto
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
It's the 1940s and when nine-year-old Little Joe's parents are killed in a car accident, he goes to live with his mother's parents. Used to living in the city in Texas, he hates his new life with his grandparents especially since they live on a farm. He now has chores and one of them is to feed the chickens, which he makes friends with ... which eventually become supper. As he settles into his new life, he becomes friends with Sugar and Bobby and gets a puppy named Napoleon.

This is the first in
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Michele Breaux-Rowley
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
**I was provided an ARC for an honest review. All opinion are my own.
An authentic portrait of life, unfettered by the demands of our modern lives, in small town America in, the period leading up to WWII. A story of innocence, loss, uncertainty, prejudice, unlikely friendship, acceptance, forgiveness, and love. I was captivated from page one, Mr. Glasscock recreated a world most of us have only read about. I enjoyed the scenes of small town farm life he depicted in this book. I am greatly looking
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For the first eight years of his life Michael E. Glasscock III lived on his grandfather's cattle ranch a few miles south of the small community of Utopia, Texas. At the beginning of World War II, he moved to a small town in Tennessee not unlike the mythical Round Rock portrayed in his fiction series. Michael decided to study medicine, and he graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical Schoo ...more

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