Jo-Kin Battles the IT blog tour – book review

Today I am happy to introduce Karen Tyrrell and her book Jo-Kin Battles the IT. She has written several books for children and is a well known speaker about resilience issues. I am delighted to be part of her blog tour.

Jo-Kin Battles the It on Amazon eBook link Jo-kin battles the IT Karen Tyrrell

jokin battles the IT cover

This is a great book filled with excitement and perils. Our hero, Josh Atkins, aka Jo-Kin, goes on a steep learning curve. It’s aimed at readers seven and up who are sure to enjoy the ride. I can see kids reading this imagining themselves in red cadet suits. They may picture themselves going out into the universe to battle monsters.

Against all the odds, Josh wins a competition. He has always dreamed of being a space cadet. Winning this could make it happen.

The surprises keep coming when he has to go to the secret academy to train. He meets Sam who is a fellow nerd. They have to learn to fight with their wits rather than strength. Some days Josh wins, and other days Sam does. Then they face a huge challenge and have to work together to defeat a terrible monster. Side by side they learn by their mistakes. They encourage each other. When Sam has trouble coping, Josh sticks by him. They work together to go and face their training and the monsters.  Josh as space cadet Jo-Kin and Sam aka Sam-Wich go into battle against alien monsters. Then the It captures their trainer Captain Astra. Will they figure out a way to beat the monster? Will they save the universe and rescue Astra before It’s trap crushes her?

The illustrations throughout the book and the header of each chapter, hooks the reader for what is about to happen in the pages to come. Kids will have a blast with this book.

Again, Karen has presented a story that kids will relate to. Showing how overcoming adversity and self insecurity can lead to your dreams coming true. Helping kids learn that even if you feel you can’t cope, having a friend to be there for you gets you through.Karen T and Jo-Kin cover red wig

I have to say that I admire Karen’s determination to spread the message of self reliance. Josh and Sam learn that through teamwork they can achieve over immense obstacles. She has battled some inner demons herself and triumphed to forge a career in writing. Each book has been a learning curve and she now presents her work with professional expertise. Karen provides teachers notes. Her web site is a showcase of her achievements. Her speaking engagements all enhance the experience for her target audience.

How could this book do anything but inspire young readers?

Don’t forget the Book Giveaway

Win one of two signed copies OR one of four eBooks of Jo-Kin Battles the It OR signed artwork from the illustrator.

To qualify please LIKE Karen’s Super Space Kids book series page on Facebook

AND then

Leave a comment on any of the Blog stops to win. Good luck :)

Jo-Kin Battles the It Blog Tour

19 Oct Dee White Blog

20 Oct Di Bates ReviewKaren T and Jo-Kin cover

21 Oct Alison Stegert Interview

Jackie Hosking

22 Oct Georgie Donaghey

23 Oct Robyn Opie Review

25 Oct Rebecca Sheraton Interview

26 Oct Sandy Fussell Interview

27 Oct Jill Smith

Melissa Wray Blog

28 Oct June Perkins Interview

29 Oct Sally Odgers

30 Oct Kate Foster Interview

I look forward to enjoying the rest of this great blog tour! Post your comment for a chance to win!


About jillswrites

I am a writer of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world'. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. Several of my short stories appear in a collaborative book for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales written in conjunction with my fellow members of The Ten Penners, this was a follow-up book to 'Shock, Horror, Gasp'. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales was released in 2009, now available in hard copy and on Amazon. We are currently in the completing our next adventure based anthology called 'Mystery, Mayhem & Magic' scheduled for release later in 2017. As a member of BookCoasters the Gold Coast Library blog, complementing my own blog, I enjoy blog being able to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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17 Responses to Jo-Kin Battles the IT blog tour – book review

  1. Great review Jill. Now I will have to read the book and find out what happens. 🙂

    • karenwrites19 says:

      Hi Marion, Thanks so much for being the first to comment on Jill’s review of Jo-Kin Battles the it.In Book 2 coming out in 2016, One of the main characters is Skyla. Her name is very similar to your daughters… Cheers, Karen 🙂

    • jillswrites says:

      It is a good one. I’ll bring it to the next Penners meeting to show you. You may even win a copy. xx Jill

  2. karenwrites19 says:

    Hi Jill,
    Thanks SO much for this awesome review of Jo-Kin Battles the It. I really appreciate you supporting my resilience books for adults and kids. I request your readers to read a comment to win free books and signed artwork … Thanks Karen x

  3. pearlz says:

    Wonderful review. Going to have to add this to my holiday reading, and see if my neices and nephews might like to read it.

    • jillswrites says:

      Hi Pearl, Glad you like the review. It is a great read for kids. Thanks Jill

      • pearlz says:

        Yes, wonderful to know authors. I must purchase some signed copies for the various relatives I think as pressies and also as thank yous for some of my beta activity tests for Magic Fish Dreaming. So many helpers to thank.

    • karenwrites19 says:

      Thanks June, That would be awesome. Can’t wait to hear more … Cheers, Karen 🙂

    • jillswrites says:

      You may be lucky enough to win a copy of the book!! I love your site. The illustrations are magical! You might like to get a copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales for them too. It’s now available at Bookface Pacific Fair, Broadbeach GC or I can get a signed copy to you.

      • pearlz says:

        Thanks Jill. Yes, building my reading stacks for the holidays. I think I would go for a signed copy from you and can email you my address. If you can let me know the best way to get the money to you as well, happy to deposit it for you first. Thanks!

  4. jillswrites says:

    Hi June, That would be great! Is $15 for the book and $5 for postage. My email address is Please email me and I’ll send you the bank details. I’ve sold all my copies but Marion Martineer is the co-ordinator of The Ten Penners has been suppling me with extra copies to sell. I’ll send you her bank details. Look forward to your email. Jill

  5. Tammy says:

    What a great review of Jo-Kin Battles the It. Karen has done it again, another great book.

    • jillswrites says:

      Hi Tammy, I’m glad you like the review. Karen certainly keeps giving kids entertaining reading while delivering her message. You will be in the running for a giveaway copy because you commented. Thanks Jill

  6. Lurline Ludbrook says:

    Karen has a wonderful skill and her work will improve the lives of many families . wishing her all the more support for her work

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