Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III – Review


When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companion—Little Joe begins to see that his new home offers the comfort and love he thought was lost forever.

Set against the drama of World War II and the first sparks of the civil rights movement, Little Joe’s new home is a microcosm of America in the 1940s. A frightening incident with a Chinese motorist traveling on the wrong side of town, the migration of troops across the countryside, and a frank discussion of Jim Crow laws are just a few of the local events mirroring the radio broadcasts that bring the news of the day into his grandmother’s kitchen.

Little Joe begins a four-part series from Michael E. Glasscock III that explores the intricate social cloth of Round Rock, Tennessee.


Though I was enthusiastic about reading this book, my interest was lost somewhere after that…But then I decided to pursue this book last week. I was looking for something simple and fast and this was exactly that way.

I believe this book has been inspired by author’s own life and is mostly related to his own childhood. There are details about war, civil rights, segregation etc which has been described as a part of everyday life in Round Rock. Little Joe’s grandparents especially her grandmother are described as liberal in their thoughts and actions which is pretty unusual for that era.

This was a breezy read and I finished the kindle version in one or two days, but I do think that it is a story which will appeal more to youngsters than adults in this era.

Rating: 3/5
Publisher:Greenleaf Book Group
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PS: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest opinion.

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