Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III
Little Joe is a sweet coming of age story set during World War 2. Joe is only 9 years old when his parents are killed in a car accident. He goes to live with his elderly grandparents on a farm in Tennessee. Life is much different for Joe, and he has much to which he must adapt. As Joe gets to know his grandparents and makes friends in the small community where they live, he adapts to his new life.
I really liked this one. At first I thought it a little slow, and there were a few times I thought about giving up on it. But once I read into the story, I really enjoyed it.
Joe is a typical nine year old boy, and he goes through the typical adjustments that a nine year old would make when his life was turned upside down. Joe's grandparents are strong and resilient characters that are very likable. The time period and setting contributes to the charming feel of the story.
The story is written in a very matter of fact tone. I think that is why I didn't like it at first. It is mostly a retelling of events. There is little in the way of feelings or emotions of the characters. Once I became used to the style of writing, I enjoyed the story more.
This is apparently going to be the first of a series that takes place in the small town in Tennessee where Joe lives- Round Rock. I'd like to pick up the others and keep reading.
I give this 4 stars and a PG for content. (There is some occasional bad language, but it is infrequent.)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.