The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Tania Mills
Publisher & Pages: Scholastic, 135 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Josie and her dad have always been close; she is his little ‘Jojo’. Then one night the police come and Josie learns a shocking secret: her kind, gentle father is a criminal.
Now, against her wishes, Josie has to move to a new town to be near her father in prison. She dreads what her new schoolmates will say when they discover her dad’s a crim. How could he do this to her? How could he destroy her life? Josie swears she will never speak to him again. And as for his pet name . . . forget it.
Review: For most people, the police are the good guys, the ones that we turn to in an emergency. For Josephine Wilding – or Josie, and DEFINITELY NOT JoJo – the police are the monsters who have broken up her family and ruined her life.
Josie’s father is sent to prison for 9 months – nearly a whole school year! And if that wasn’t bad enough, they have to move to a ‘backwater town’ named Pleasant Valley. Josie worries at first – if people find out about her father, will she be shunned? As it turns out, Pleasant Valley is filled with kids whose father’s are in jail. She’s not the odd one out.
What I really love about this story is how at the end of her ordeal, she reflects back on her Pleasant Valley self and her city self. She’s happy being who she is now, but she feels some sort of loss for JoJo, the girl she was before her father went to prison. It also offers an interesting take on police.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars