Jack vs. the Tornado by Amanda Cleary Eastep Review


Adventures, friendships, and faith-testers . . . all under the watchful eye of a great big God.

The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.

In the first book of the Tree Street Kids series, 10-year-old Jack is shocked to discover his parents are moving from their rural homestead to the boring suburbs of Chicago. Full of energy and determination, Jack devises a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a shocking discovery, and tornado season. Will Jack find a solution? Or is God up to something bigger than Jack can possibly imagine?

My Thoughts:

When I saw that this book is set in the 90s, I knew that I had to read it. I was a 90s kid and it was such a fun time to be a kid. The author does an excellent job at conveying the time period and the book is filled with fun references that brought lots of nostalgia. This is great for fellow “90s kid” parents who are reading with their children…it has features that both the child and parent can enjoy.

The story was fun and I really liked Jack’s character. The illustrations were a nice touch and the story was a good length for reluctant or beginning readers. Overall, this was a great story with a clean, wholesome storyline.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pulse by Judy J. Walters Review


The world has no shortage of moral ambiguity, especially in the emergency room. Dr. Jackson is the emergency room physician who seems to have the big house, beautiful wife, and an impeccable reputation as one of the most respected emergency physicians in Dallas. As the author peels back the layers, Dr. Jackson’s life isn’t so perfect after all. Filled with unique twists, complex medical cases and personal issues, Pulse proves that there is always more to the story! Pulse is the first book in the Vital Signs Series. If you loved Netflix’s Queen’s Gambit, you’ll love this series.

My Thoughts:

When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2006, I discovered reruns of ER. I became engrossed in the series and watched it every morning. The emergency room setting is one that I really enjoy…there’s lots of action and plenty of drama. Pulse, by Judy G. Walters brought back those fun memories of spending time with Dr. Green, Dr. Ross, Carter, and all the other characters (I actually named my daughter Ella, which is the same name as Dr. Green’s daughter). Pulse follows Dr. Jackson…a very dedicated doctor with several issues in his personal life. Doctors always seem to live elusive lives so I always find it fun to see how they are human and make mistakes. The story was full of great snapshots from the ER…the reader meets several patients with interesting experiences.

Chess is also a big part of the story. I was never great at Chess, but reading so much about it made me want to dig my Chess board out of the game closet.

Overall, this was a very fun story to read with lots of surprises. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!

I received a copy of this book from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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