Francis Jones is a not
so typical high school student. He has a small circle of friends, is always looking for acceptance and has just assigned
himself the task of locating a missing person – who happens to be his best friend and football hero, Ted. Ted
disappeared without a trace and the adults in the community have remained very evasive when asked about his whereabouts.
The adults’ odd behavior and Firecracker Jones’ overactive imagination formulate several conspiracy theories that
just don’t pan out.
I liken Firecracker
or “F” – as his friends call him - to two figures from two different generations. Encyclopedia Brown;
for his uncanny investigative skills and unique techniques and Napoleon Dynamite for his awkwardness that does not sway him
from accomplishing the things that he puts his mind to. With this formula, you have a likeable character, with a very
active imagination and the ability to surprise you every time. We have access to his thoughts and his perception of himself
and how he fits into various situations.
As Firecracker and his
friend Oliver Chubinski (a.k.a. Chub) set off to find Ted, the laughs continue as this odd-couple finds themselves in one
mishap after another. One afternoon, there’s a break in the case and Firecracker uses his detective skills to locate
Ted. F, Chub and Chub’s large bag of food make there way across town and what they find will change them forever.
Jones Is on the Case is written in a style reminiscent of Judy Blume; where you get inside the character’s head
and start to have fun walking in their shoes for a few miles. You live in his inner thoughts and experience his distractions
and words from his imagination. This was one of the best books that I’ve read lately and I will look for the sequel!!
by Tyrone V. Banks