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Fearless Joe Dearborne

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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 t
Paperback, 198 pages
Published July 11th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth
Good book for middle graders (or ages 9-14). Joe Dearborne has earned a reputation for being fearless. Fearless...but not necessarily brave. Can you guess what he needs to do in this book? When a reckless boy needs to learn about boundaries, safety and bravery there is a lot to cover here.

Of course, Joe needed something to challenge him so after a nasty bite from a coral snake, Joe is suddenly able to experience fear. He is even afraid to go into the basement. Naturally this is not the type of t
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Fearless Joe Dearborne is the adventuresome tale of a daring young man, who, despite his fearlessness, begins to question his bravery.

Joe is somewhat of a town hero. He has saved the day, and lives of children and animals alike, on several occasions without regard for his own safety. After Joe's mother passed away, his father became extremely worried about Joe's apparent lack of fear. He tells Joe to leave the heroics to the professionals. So, when Joe rescues a kitten from a burning house, his
Elise Abram
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell, Joe finds it hard to live his life without risking it. He thinks nothing of running into a burning house to save a puppy, or entering a dark cave to rescue his friend's dad's autographed baseball. All of that changes when he gets it into his head to pick up a poisonous snake and gets bit. He survives, but something's changed; Joe is no longer fearless. When Joe's dad goes out of town and he must stay with his aunt's housekeeper's cousin, Mrs. C ...more
Rebecca Douglass
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: I was given a free electronic review copy in return for my honest review.

This was a quick read that kept me turning the pages. It wasn't quite what I expected from the summary--I think I expected more slapstick humor. But despite the over-played Mrs. Chill, the story really is the tale of a boy who's suffered a lot of loss and is trying to figure out who he is. Joe has been dealing with it--or not--by being recklessly brave, until he goes too far and loses his fearlessness. Now he has to l
Phaedra Seabolt
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fearless Joe Dearborne is a story about a young man who initially is fearless. He has done many things that gives his father fear of losing him, but Joe just throws himself into dangerous situations without a single thought to his own safety or his father's fears. He runs into a burning building to save a puppy. In the past he had pulled a girl from a hole in the ice on a pond without thinking that he too could fall in. He is fearless. It takes the wisdom of a fourth grade boy whom he calls Gree ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Joe Dearborne is my hero! At the tender age of ten, Joe already has more courage and integrity than most people twice his age! This is a delightfully inspiring story, full of adventure, excitement and chills! Joe proves himself to be a reluctant hero, continually fighting his internal self-doubt, which leads him to test his bravery in sometimes foolish ways. As he moves through his trials, he forgets to be brave and simply does what needs doing, and ultimately redefines for himself his own idea ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
I have a sixth grader, and I thought he’d enjoy this book. I happened to get it on a day that it was FREE on Amazon Kindle, so there was no cost to me. My kids have access to a Kindle E-reader app to read books, so I had it sent directly to their device.

The book began by asking them if they’d rather be fearless or courageous. I asked each child to write down their answer, read the book, and then write down their answer again. We’d then see if their answer changed after reading the book, why or w
Kirstin Pulioff
This is a story of a boy who struggles to stay out of trouble... and when he can't, finds himself in more than he ever expected.

After an unfortunate encounter with a coral snake, Joe changes. He is no longer "fearless." And to make matters worse, when he falls ill and needs extra care, his fearlessness is replaced with dread. Will he find bravery when all sorts of humorous, unbelievable, and quirky challenges are thrown at him.

One of the strongest points of this book is how it shows the differe
Cyndi  Flores
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great read!! Lot's of humor and a great moral to the story. As well as some great vocabulary at the beginning of each chapter with a meaning of the word and I found that very great for kids to learn a "real" word and the meaning that goes along with the story, they are not hard words but fit in with this story perfect. I really think kids can learn What being reckless is, and what can happen if you are, while still laughing and enjoying a great book, as well as being a true hero. It is a actio ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire book in one sitting. I just couldn't bear to put it down because there was never a dull moment!! I liked most of the characters and found myself wanting to know their entire back story, especially Green Beans'. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants an insanely quick read which offers a little bit of everything.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I loved this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to middle aged children as well as adults. It was fun and suspenseful while bringing a few life lessons to light. I enjoyed the lesson of learning the difference between being courageous or being fearless. The characters were delightful, quirky and fun. I loved his aunt to pieces and want my own Lambdoodle! ;)
Oh My Bookness
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just starting off, it would be hard to pass Fearless Joe Dearborne by Whitney Mitchell in a bookstore on a shelf if you saw it. The cover immediately grabs your attention with its dark neutral colors and the vibrancy of the cover. Not that you would even notice it first, the title commands attention to be seen, to be read and looked at in large, bold, white letters. It easily stands out against the books background, commanding attention.

Chapter one starts off with a word and by the definition yo
Kim Propp
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
HoaP would like to thank Lisa Mitchell for gifting us a copy of Fearless Joe Dearborne in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted on Heart of a Philanthropist Blog.

Joe believes he is brave. He does things that most moms wouldn't want to know about like saving a puppy from a burning building. His friend tells him he is not brave- just fearless. Joe intends to prove him wrong and picks up a coral snake he sees outside. (Coral snakes' bites can be deadly). Joe is bit by the coral
Naznin Azeez
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book cover is really nice, particularly the big, bold font used for the title. It carries the feeling of ‘fearlessness’ in it. I kind of relate it to some game I used to play when I was younger – Indiana Jones!. The devilish character in the background shown on the cover, is a coyote and I love how artistically it’s shown. The protagonist is a sixth grader, Joe Dearborne. He doesn’t have the feeling of fear in him!. That makes him do things like saving a puppy by rushing into a burning house ...more
MrsK Books
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"It had been ninety-nine days since Joe Dearborne last risked his life.
As his school bus slowed to a stop on a Friday afternoon in November, Joe thought,
If I can just get home without anything happening, I’ll make it to one hundred tomorrow.
That should make Dad happy."

This story is a delightful surprise, you know when you begin reading you realize that you are totally engaged and enjoying the story... well that's what happened with this fun read. The story line completely took me by surprise
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, 7 - 12 and adults
Recommended to Susan by: My nephew
I absolutely LOVED this book. This is my nephew's (10-years old) favorite book of all time, and after hearing him speak about it so often, I decided to read it. He talked about Mrs. Chill, the super creepy, very tall and uber skinny "house-keeper" who eats garlic smoothies to maintain her figure. And, every time he mentioned the Lambdoodle, I would crack up - still do! And then there is tiny Aunt Persephone (better known as Aunt P.), who believes everything should be the color lilac, including h ...more
Amy Miller
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a perfect book for a pre-teen. Fearless Joe is always at the right place and time to help someone in need. Not thinking if the dangers Joe always saves the day, leaving him the only casualty. During his last heroic duty his father is fed up with him. He grounds him and during his punishment he is bitten by a coral snake, landing Joe in the hospital where he nearly his life. After his experience he is learning his he is no longer Fearless Joe. He is now scared of many, many things ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

A boy called Joe and he is the hero of the book. This is a tale about being strong and keeping cool when things around you are falling apart. The name of the book Fearless Joe Dearborne tells us that the story is about a boy who is intelligent, brave, kind and adventurous.

The tale is gripping and leads us from one adventure to another. The icy, menacing looking Mrs Chill much like her name is a formidable enemy for Joe, as he is his habit of helping others first and thinking later. His father
Barbara Ann
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sixth grader Joe Dearborne has a reputation for being fearless. After all, he runs into a burning house to rescue a puppy, broke his leg while trying to rescue a cat from a tree, and rescued a girl who had slipped through the frozen ice. Joe’s best friend, known as Green Beans, tells all of this to Willy Randolph, a local reporter. In the event of danger, Joe is just not able to feel fear. But Joe has a big problem, he has promised his father that he would stop doing dangerous things.

When his fa
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Also reviewed on my blog!

My thoughts on the writing:

Signing up to review this book, I was a little skeptical. I didn't want it to be one of those books that had a brat kid as the main character. But, boy, I was dead wrong! The author developed such characters and plot that I couldn't put it down..even for sleep! One of my favorite things about the book was how at the beginning of every chapter, it defined a certain word for what would happen in that specific
Erika Messer
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Joe is just an everyday kid who does amazing things and is a true hero. He rescues animals and helps wherever he sees the need. Yet all the time he is always thinking about how upset his dad will be if he gets hurt in the process. Not many 11 year olds would run into a burning building just to rescue a puppy - but he does and the local news calls him "fearless" even though he doesn't see it that way. And when he gets bitten by a snake and a weird lady named Mrs Chill comes to take care of him wh ...more
Michelle Stanley
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Fearless Joe Dearborne is a story for preteens by Lisa Whitney Mitchell. Joe Dearborne earned the nickname “Fearless Joe” because he often does brave, but dangerous deeds, like rescuing a dog from a burning house. His father goes away, hiring the strange, intimidating Mrs. Chill to care for him, much to Joe’s dismay. He knows that Mrs. Chill is not as pleasant as she appears to everyone else. He is convinced that she spitefully hid his lucky shir
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just by looking at the book cover and the title, you immediately know that the main protagonist – Joe – is going to be placed in certain situations that will test him and cause him to overcome any internal or external forces pulling him to buckle under. I’m happy to say that this book does not disappoint!

Early on, we see multiple incidents where Joe displays his bravery. Against all odds, we see him entering a burning building to save a puppy. I liked the chapter where he goes into a dark and da
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Karen Bainbridge
Fearless Joe Dearborne is the story about a 12 year old boy, who does not know fear and does reckless things like running into a burning house to rescue a puppy, without thinking of the consequences of his actions. He is very reckless until he gets bitten by a snake and nearly dies, after which he changes for the better and learns the real meaning of courage! This is a quick, easy read for young children ages 8 to 12, deals with friendship and has a budding first romance(ick go the boys). It is ...more
Tonja Drecker
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This is a delightful read, packed with adventure and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor to keep 8 to 12 year-olds reading from one page to the next.

Joe is fearless. He even saves a puppy from a burning building - this alone will make readers adore him. But when one of his acts of bravery land him in the hospital, Joe begins to wonder how fearless he really is. Joe might start out as the hero most kids would love to be, but he also makes mistakes and sometimes second guesses himself. I
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Fearless Joe Dearborne is a fun read complete with strange, eccentric characters.

I wasn't sure where things were going at the beginning. The adventure sets off right away and it was a thrilling ride but the pace seemed to go slow after that. Then, a handful of eccentric characters seemed to be put into the story right then and there. As the story eventually unfolded itself, things started to clear out and I even found myself looking forward to what happens next. Although
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.

I loved this book and read it very quickly! It is such a great story that your middle graders will love!

Joe may be fearless, but is he brave? He's always doing things that seem brave, but he's really just not afraid of stuff. He rescues kittens stuck way up high in trees and goes into burning houses to rescue dogs. Joe wants to find out if he is really brave and not just fearless. So he picks up a poisonous snake! And you can guess wha
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here is yet another book that I wished I had my hands on when I was in the classroom. The main character Joe is in the 6th grade. So during my 10 years of teaching 6th grade, this would've been a perfect little read for my somewhat timid and scared kiddos as they entered the big world of middle school.

There are life lessons to be learned, and who better to experience those, but through Joe, a character that other kids can relate to. Something big happens to Joe. An event that doesn't happen very
Sally Lotz
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Fearless Joe Dearborne is action packed from the start. Joe saves a puppy from a burning house. We learn quickly that Joe does quite a few fearless things, but deep down he's afraid. Joe's father has to leave the country to save their ailing business, and leaves him in the carrying hands of Mrs. Chill. Joe thinks something is very strange about Mrs. Chill, who seems friendly to the adults - but not to Joe. Soon he's sleeping with his bedroom door locked and barricaded. There are quite a few quir ...more
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