Nolichuck! TJ’s Wild Frontier Adventure Books 1 of the Green Book Series by Jackson Keene

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Nolichuck! TJ’s Wild Frontier Adventure Books 1 of the Green Book Series by Jackson Keene
Publisher: Treble Heart Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (281 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

TJ’s just an ordinary fourteen year old kid with extraordinary problems at home and school: A broken up family from his parents’ bitter divorce, evil bullies almost every afternoon, failing grades, boring classes, snobby girls, mean teachers, cut from basketball tryouts, few friends. Life is rough for TJ Cockrell.

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! Yup, it’s definitely not 2011 Knoxville anymore.

And he thought his present life was bad news! But TJ’s adventures are only beginning. Along the way, he fights off killer beasts and bandits and braves, gains a world of confidence in himself, finds his first real love, and meets a fantastic frontier family who really has it together. When he returns to the present, he’s a brand new person––ready to defeat deadly robbers in his own home, beat the bullies at school, win the girl, gain friends, and make great grades. He even gets his family back together again. Sort of. In the end, the little green book is really cool. And TJ can’t wait to go on another action-packed adventure into the perilous past!

Imagine being fourteen and unpopular at school. Many have had to go through that torture, the abuse, the ridicule, and the daily troubles. T.J. is a struggling 14-year-old. He’s upset about his parents’ divorce and the fact that him mom and sister—his best friend—moved away. He’s doing poorly in school and gets bullied.

Then finding the green book in his historian father’s home office changes his life. T.J.’s dad was once just an average historian until something strange happened and propelled him into great success. His knowledge of history became more detailed, from personal experience.

T.J., a nice kid, is about to experience the thrill of going back to the past, as his father did. He goes back to early nineteenth century Tennessee and experiences the wild times and people of that era. Danger is everywhere. T.J. faces wild animals and people out to hurt the innocent. Then he meets a kind man who takes him in and allows him to stay with him and his family. At their homestead, T.J. becomes one of the family and learns lessons about hard work, survival, and true familial and community closeness. He even has a romance with a girl who is down-to-earth. His experiences change him. He can no longer take the coward’s way out, not when others are depending on him.

When he goes back to his present, two killers have broken into his home. It’s interesting what he does, how he faces them. It’s also interesting how he faces his bully at school and the new girl.

This is a book about personal growth, but it’s presented in an entertaining, adventure-filled way. Sometimes there was a lot of telling instead of showing, but it was still an emotional read. T.J.’s character is well developed. The world of the past is drawn well. Readers of time travels and historical or coming of age books will probably like this one.

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