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John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the rollicking tale of 3 boys at the dawn of America's involvement in WWII. John Bloom, and his best friends Joe and Chewie live, play, and get into adventures in 1940's era Appleside, NJ. Because children are generally joyful and tend to put more importance on the goings-on of their own worlds than those of grown-ups, the events of the ...more
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published October 16th 2014 by Amazon
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Alex  Baugh
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
When John Bloom, 10, woke up on Monday, December 8, 1941, he woke up to the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor the day before. America was now at war and John feels he needs to do something to support his country.

John thinks that forming a club with his friends Chewie and Joe so that they can do good-works projects is a good idea. His frineds agree and they name it The American Boys Club, or the ABC, for short. They decide their first project should be chopping firewood for a neighbo
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Cat Michaels
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Powerful WWII story for boys - history, food, and coming of age

Author Leigh Shearin’s John Bloom and the Victory Garden, the first of her John Bloom Series, is a sure-fire win for boys in grades 3-8, history buffs, and foodies. The author stirs these incongruent ingredients into a powerful tale that comes together like a perfect three-course meal, and it leaves the reader eager for more.

Characters, Setting
The story is a time capsule of life in a small, northeastern U.S. town on the eve of Pearl
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Lisa Foster
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review: (4.5/5 Stars) Title: John Bloom and the Garden of Victory | Author: Leigh Shearin | Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 195 | Recommended Grades: 3-8
Author Leigh Shearin's "John Bloom and the Victory Garden," the first of her "John Bloom Series," is a sure-fire win for readers in grades 3-8, history buffs, and foodies.
The story centers around three boys (John, Joe, and Chewie), all age ten, who are friends and live in the same small farming town commu
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Kay LaLone
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The book takes place during WWII. Three young boys deal with America going to war. Humor, friendship, and faith is woven into the story making it an entertaining way to learn history. Great for boys ages 9 - 14.
T. Clary
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle grade
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

BRIEF RECAP:
The story centers around three boys (John, Joe, and Chewie), all age ten, who are friends and live in the same small farming town community of Appleside, New Jersey. Up until December 7, 1941, the boys’ life consists of mischievous neighborhood pranks, and basically just being rambunctious ten year old boys. However, their mindsets, and life as they know it, suddenly change when they receive news of Japan bomb
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Lynda Dickson
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
The story starts a bit abruptly, but I wasn't aware until after I read the book that this is the second in a series. While it can be read as a standalone, you are probably better off starting with the first book.

John Bloom and his friends, Joe and Chewie, are three ten-year-old boys living in the small town of Appleside, New Jersey, in 1942. They are the founding members of The American Boys Club (the ABCs), and their mission is to help in the war effort. In this story, the boys establish a Vict
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Barbara Ann
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I used to live in a house that still had remnants of a World War I victory garden popping up between the flowers so I was immediately drawn to this book. So glad that I picked it up this historical fiction tale.

Shearin does an amazing job of capturing the spirit of the three main characters and best friends, ten year olds, John, Joe, and Chewie. The story opens in Appleside, NJ, a small town on December 6, 1941. These three boys and their families will suddenly find their lives turned upside dow
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Pam
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the story of John Bloom and his friends during World War II. The book is like a time capsule of sorts and gives us a glimpse of life back in the 1940s. As I read through the book, my mind forms wonderful images of friendship, family and food shared during those times. I am not very familiar with most American food being mentioned here (I am from the Philippines) but they all sound good and my mouth waters at the mention of dessert.

The story has a pretty slow
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Stephanie
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor, John Bloom along with his best pals Chewie and Joe spend their days having fun and causing trouble in their small town of Appleside, NJ. When news of the USA entering the war is heard, the boys want to do anything they can to help out. They decide to form the American Boys' Club- ABC. John sees that one of his elderly neighbors, Mr. Hutchins could use some help around his house, his friends aren't too sure about helping the grumpy older guy who wields a ...more
Jenny H.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is an imaginative story about John Bloom and his gang of friends. Readers will enjoy the adventures the friends share in their small town during the days leading up to and following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I was drawn to reading this book because my grandfather fought in World War II and often spoke of Victory Gardens. It is evident from reading this book that the characters in the story reflect individuals from the author's real life by the way the charact ...more
Dawn
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is historical fiction for children. It occurs in 1941-1942 right before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It explains how the United States got involved in World War II and how these events affected three 10 year old boys. Leigh Shearin also does a good job at depicting that era: listening to the radio in the evening, the typical foods people ate, most moms staying home to take care of their families, etc.

John, Joe, and Chewie are typical boys. John is the m
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Wendy
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

I found John Bloom and the Victory Garden to be a very enjoyable read. My 11-yr-old daughter enjoyed it very much, as well. It offered an opening to engage in an enjoyable activity together and to talk about history. She is a very good student and spent some time looking up information about the historical events discussed in the book. She has had mor
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Roberta
T. Clary's review is so well-thought-out that I don't know that there is anything I could add or say better. ...more
Emily-Jane Orford
John Bloom seems to be like any other young boy. He chums around with other boys his age and he collects all kinds of treasures, things found around his home and in neighboring fields, like the Indian arrowhead that he's planning to trade with his friend, Chewie, for a rabbit skull. John's best friends are Chewie and Joe and one of his favorite pastimes, other than finding treasures, is eating. Food seems to be a very important part of the boys' growing up years.

All that they hold dear is threa
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Stacie
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In is an inspiring historical fiction story that takes readers to small town America during World War II where they will experience first hand what life was like as the United States wages war on two fronts.

As John heals from his fall from the hay loft he becomes even more aware of America's struggles at home during World War II. Along with his friends, Chewie and Joe, John decides to make a difference. The boys organize a scrap drive and go from home
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Leigh Shearin is farmer, baker, teacher, and lifelong dreamer.

Leigh earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art at Maryville College and worked as a graphic artist before earning an ASS degree in Culinary Art. She has worked as a chef, baker and culinary arts instructor. Most recently, she and her husband bought rural land and are developing Winterrest, a small farm in central New York. Through all this,
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