Joshua's Island: Revised Edition (James Madison Series, #1)

Joshua's Island: Revised Edition (James Madison Series, #1)

by Patrick Hodges

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Joshua is small for his age. He has been bullied relentlessly for years, and all of his friends have drifted away from him. Eve is a pretty girl who has just been recruited into the popular clique. The two couldn't be more different. 

As they begin their final year of middle school, the unlikely pair find themselves partners in Science class. At first reluctant to work with him, Eve soon discovers hidden truths about not only Joshua but their school that turn her world upside-down. 

The two form a relationship that will teach them both the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and love... a relationship that will end up changing not only their lives, but the entire complexion of their school.

Joshua's Island is Book 1 in the James Madison Series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153247014
Publisher: Patrick Hodges
Publication date: 06/03/2016
Series: James Madison Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 170,536
File size: 358 KB

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Joshua's Island: Revised Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Staci Black More than 1 year ago
Excellent representation of many children's struggle. So many schools are lacking in proper adult supervision. The ones that should have enough still fall short often. Many resources of past days are no longer in use due to funding. Sadly many children suffer these abusive situations daily. Only by raising awareness can we hope to end it. When the mass of children bind together against the bully there is no room for bullies.
NPODonnell More than 1 year ago
Absolutely powerful book! A must read for all ages, but this book is especially important for children, teachers and parents to read as it provides an incredible portrayal of bullying and its impact of children and families. From my own experiences I had of being bullied, this book successfully presents the depths of pain and despair a child endures. The author also shows the hope that is ever present and the resources available to those being bullied. As for writing style, I thought the authors two-person perspective, reflecting experiences from the two main characters, was effective in capturing the full extent of the turmoil, stress and courage of the characters. Great work that would make for a great summer read!
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* Joshua is the smallest boy in his eighth grade class. He’s been bullied for years and has had vicious rumors spread about him which has made him a loner. He’s tried to go to the principal but is dismissed each and every time which just makes the bullies that more aggressive towards him. The only thing he does is try to get through things day by day and during lunch hours, goes to a set of bleachers to sit and think about things and imagine it’s his own little island where nothing can hurt him. Eve will do anything to be popular. During summer break Eve runs into the most popular girl, Rhonda, at the mall and they start to hang out. Eve changes the way she dresses, the way she acts, and even stops talking to her two best friends Emily and Susan even though they’ve been friends for seven years. Joshua and Eve are put as science lab partners, even though Eve would rather be with anyone else. They don’t participate with each other like they are supposed to until Eve brings home a failed test. She asks for help from him with studying and after a few sessions she realizes that not only is he nothing like what the rumors are saying about him but he’s actually a sweet person. The story is told in duel perspective with each character telling what they went through and what they witnessed each day. Once Eve realizes all that Joshua goes through, and how long he’s been bullied, it was sweet that not only was she going to help him but how their relationship grew stronger every day. My heart just broke when I was reading how lonely Joshua was and that he felt that no one would ever want to be his friend until Eve came along. The story was very well thought out and very emotional. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joshua's Island is a no-holds-barred story about a thirteen-year-old boy's struggle with bullying and social isolation. The story managed to infuriate me, break my heart, make me want to cry, and give me the warm fuzzies. Needless to say, the author knows how to illicit an emotional response in his readers. While the extreme and violent bullying that takes place in the story isn't something I've seen or experienced firsthand, I still found Joshua relatable and his story believable. I know this type of thing happens, and unfortunately, it seems to be a growing issue. I love that this book is striving to raise awareness about it. The story is told from dual points of view, and it captures the thirteen-year-old voice very well in both cases. I liked getting to be inside the heads of both Joshua and Eve, as their experiences differed quite a bit in the beginning. Eve makes some not-so-great choices at first, and it's helpful to understand her motivations and watch her grow as a character. Also, I have to say it was really nice to see a story where females effectively come to the rescue of a male instead of the typical damsel in distress thing. That was a refreshing change! An easy read with loveable characters (Kelsey is pretty much the best ever), this book will resonate with readers of all ages, especially anyone who has ever been afraid to stand up for him/herself. Well done, Patrick Hodges!
BenitaJPrins More than 1 year ago
My goodness. This was some book. I spent a morning reading Joshua's Island, unable to put it down. Since fifth grade, Joshua has been bullied at school; it started with name-calling but by eighth grade it's become horrendous physical abuse. The only thing that's enabled him to get back up and keep going every time, is the thought of moving on from his middle school at the end of this year. However, when he becomes friends with Eve, a popular girl, he realises he needs to take proactive measures to defeat the bullies. Within the space of one page, Joshua and his life came alive for me. He and Eve felt like absolutely real characters – scratch that, all the characters had a genuine ring. I loved Kelsey and was definitely cheering her on during her big moment (no spoilers!); I can't wait to read Patrick Hodge's sequel, Ethan's Secret, to read more about her! I really enjoyed reading the story from both Joshua's and Eve's points of view – I always enjoy that type of storytelling because it allows me to get far more of a handle on both characters. Whilst this is a fantastic story, there is quite a bit of language and such, and the descriptions of the bullying are pretty graphic. I'd recommend Joshua's Secret to slightly older teens, perhaps fifteen and up. Definitely not a book for anyone younger than thirteen! I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.