Busting Walls

Secret Adventures of Foxfire

Young Adult - Coming of Age
186 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2018
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Author Biography

John Hope is a wanted international spy who often lives incognito, assuming aliases that include Frederick A. Space, Fluberbob, Hinderpop Jujuwinkle, and Dad. He sneaks around central Florida locales, popping his head into Paneras and Chick-fil-as where he can submerse himself in his own reality. When he emerges from his cerebral cocoon, he occasionally wins writing awards, publishes books, and gives presentations about short stories, children’s books, middle-grade fiction, local history, and running. His cohorts include his wife, Jaime, and their two kids, known only by the mysterious monikers J and L. Hope is an obsessive reader, a fanatical writer, a freakish long-distance runner, and a certified nutcase. Tell no one regarding the information you have just learned.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite

Busting Walls: Secret Adventures of Foxfire by John Hope is a terrific book for both young and older readers. This sounds like a generic statement but the story of Sebastien and his friends is filled with action, heartwarming moments, and a bonus adventure built by Sebastien himself. As he tries to sort out his life after his mother left him with his step-father, his imagination creates a comic hero named Foxfire. Small, the main character isn’t into sports or anything, it seems, that his step-father thinks young boys should enjoy, like football. This, coupled with a new neighbour who was a bully he couldn’t escape, means trouble seems to fill his life with more problems than he can handle.

John Hope’s writing in Busting Walls is sharp and witty, especially in the Foxfire story. It’s in this side story that Sebastien seems to pour everything he wished his mother was. She is smart, confident, and adventurous and gets the job done with flair and a clever remark. Nothing seems to get her down. Yet, she always takes the time to chat with Sebastien. Though this is all in his imagination, he almost becomes his own parent, trying to find comfort and happiness anywhere he can. There is never a moment where the writing or the characters become preachy. They all work through their problems in their own way, and the growth comes naturally through realistic situations, proving that families are all different and nobody’s life is perfect. The author, John Hope, has created a bunch of characters that readers will enjoy for a long time.