Book Review: The Ifs by J.D. Pooker

9-22-2014 9-17-05 PMTitle: The Ifs

Author: J.D. Pooker

Illustrator: Frank Walls

Publication Date: April 22, 2013

Pages: 146

Recommended Ages: 8 to 12


Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening…

Noises in their room that are not the cat.

Homework is mysteriously finished.

A broken shoelace repairs all by itself.

Clothes are put in the hamper on their own.

The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.


I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Landon and Broden are depicted as typical brothers. They love each other, will stick up for each other, and like to fight and tease each other endlessly. They have a great adventure with the Ifs after which they realize more than ever just how strong brotherly bonds can be.

This is a fun story for middle school age readers, especially since these are normal boys put in an unusual situation that could happen to anyone If there are truly Ifs. It would have been helpful if the author had somehow noted that Chapters 1 and 2 were the same day told in each boy’s point of view. 

Any young reader would enjoy The Ifs. I liked it and would have enjoyed it even more if there hadn’t been several misspellings and missing words. 

About the Author:

Jessica-Robinson-2-BW-224x300J.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Her sons are the inspiration for writing children’s stories. She wants to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be. She wants them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.


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