Furious Jones and the Assassin’s Secret represents a couple of firsts for me. It’s the first time I’m booktalking a title that hasn’t come out yet (but it’s going to be published in April!) It’s also the first time I’m booktalking a title by an author who’s also an inventor (check out Tim Kehoe’s website to learn more about him, his books, and his inventions).
But let me tell you about why I picked this book out of a pile of advanced reader copies. It’s because it had a boy protagonist, a cool cover, and an exciting story. This would be a good choice to share with any older children and younger teens who are looking for a page-turning thriller.
Furious Jones is about to become an orphan.
His mother is already dead; she was shot three times while standing on the sidewalk in a little town called Galena. Nobody knows who did it or why. That was seven months ago.
Tonight his father is going to be killed. Shot three times, just like his mother. And just like that, Furious Jones will be an orphan.
Furious Jones is a 12-year-old boy. He doesn’t have a lot of money, or friends, or power. But he is determined to find out who killed his parents and why. His first step will be finding some people he can trust, and his second step will be going to the town of Galena to find out why his mother went there, and what really happened to her. But he needs to do this very carefully, because his parents’ killers are still out there … and he’s just one of the people whose life is in danger.