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3-in-1 Review | Child’s Play, Annie’s Stories & WISH

Welcome to JoJo’s Corner!
Today I’m bringing you something totally new:

Book Review

There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a fun, quirky contemporary…
An enthralling historical…
Or a book to give you the “feels”…
JoJo’s Corner has just what you need!

*** Special THANK YOU to the publishers for providing me with review copies. My review is my own personal opinion.***

Child’s Play by Bill Myers

About the Book-

TIME: Fifty years in the future. Religion has been banned.

LOCATION: Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility


– A seer who has delightful conversations with tattoos, electric shavers, and janitorial supplies

– A wannabe superhero, complete with shower cap, goggles, and bath towel cape

– A prophet who sees 20 seconds into the future

– A janitor who every night burns lists the patients have

written of their daily shortcomings

– An amnesiac who opens a fortune cookie and reads:

“You are my favorite child. God”

Careful to avoid state scrutiny, these quirky characters begin to explore the amazing possibilities if such a statement is true. The thinking soon infects other patients and the government must tighten its noose until it is met with some startling surprises.

A quick and fun read, this first installment of The Last Fool series will make you chuckle while pausing to think.

My Thoughts-
With a quirky cast of characters and a very interesting style of writing, this book kept me enthralled. This is the first in a new series and definitely a different direction of writing for author Bill Myers, but I really like it a lot. I enjoyed getting to know the characters a little more and was intrigued by the nuggets of spiritual truths scattered throughout. I’m excited to read the next book!!! If you enjoy a book with a sense of humor, don’t miss Child’s Play.

Annie’s Stories by Cindy Thomson

About The Book-

The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.

But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.

My Thoughts-
I love books about books, and Annie’s Stories is not only that, but also a wonderful, historically rich story of friendship and mystery. Annie is a solid character that readers will be easily able to relate to and cheer for. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I loved her writing style so much, she really immerses you into the lives and world of the characters. If you love historical fiction, you’ll love Annie’s Stories!

Wish by Jake Smith

About The Book-

James McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.

As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime—a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players—and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.

A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?

Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

My Thoughts-
Get the tissues ready, y’all! Wish is one of those books that makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you feel good about life and believe that anything is possible. I fell in love with this family and felt I was there with them every step of the way on this heart-warming (and at times, heart-wrenching) journey. Simply put, Wish is spectacular. I dare you to read it and not cry…seriously!


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