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Fearless: A Middle Grade Adventure Story

Fearless: A Middle Grade Adventure Story

by Kristin Johnson
Fearless: A Middle Grade Adventure Story

Fearless: A Middle Grade Adventure Story

by Kristin Johnson

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A heart-warming tale about a girl who rescues a dog from a puppy mill.

It's 2010 and the War in the Middle East is raging. But back home in Minnesota, Jessie Nelson wouldn't pay the war much mind except that her mom is over there fighting. Jessie's dad moves them to Grandpa's tornado-torn town in Southern Minnesota for the summer. But the town has its own troubles having suffered loss from a historic tornado and loss of local war veterans, some having died and some living with PTSD.

Ever since Mom's letters from Afghanistan stopped coming, Jessie has been afraid something terrible has happened. Wanting to escape these tragic thoughts, Jessie bikes off.

She quickly makes two new friends: shy Oscar from a family of military veterans and Nicky, an outrageous theater-kid. While biking along a quiet country road, the sound of terrified howling leads the kids astray. In a backwoods barn, the kids discover a puppy mill with dozens of malnourished, neglected dogs.

Against the boys' protests, Jessie insists they have to do something.

While Jessie knows she can't save all the dogs, she can save one. Using a rickety wheelbarrow, Jessie and the boys cart an older yellow Labrador home. But Jessie soon discovers stealing a skittish dog from two bad dudes proves downright dangerous.

If you loved Wish by Barbara O'Connor, Stay by Bobbie Pyron, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, or Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, then you'll love Fearless.

Kristin F. Johnson is a former elementary media specialist and librarian. She has won two Minnesota State Arts Board grants for her middle grade stories. This is her tenth book for kids.

Will Jessie be able to bond with a damaged dog? Will Dad let Jessie keep the dog? Will Mom make it home from the war? Can the town survive another tornado? Click the ADD TO CART button at the top of the page to find out.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940160919409
Publisher: KFJ Books, LLC
Publication date: 05/08/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 616 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kristin F. Johnson is a former elementary school media specialist who worked for Minneapolis Public Schools. She enjoys doing school visits and inspiring kids (and adults) to write.

Johnson was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a business degree. She has won several writing awards, including two Minnesota State Arts Board artist initiative grants. She also taught creative and technical writing at Metropolitan State University for a dozen years.

Kristin was also a radio host for KFAI’s Write On! Radio program. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family and their rescue dog, a mixed breed who is mostly half Black Labrador and half Australian Shepherd.

Fearless is Kristin’s tenth book for kids. Learn more about her at

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