HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Purple Patchett
Author: Jarrod M. Jacobs
Publisher: Jacobs Publications, 2018
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 12-15
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Jacobs, Jarrod M. The Purple Patchett (published in 2018 by Jacobs Publications, Morgantown, KY). Jordan Thompson is a seventh grader at Woods Edge Junior-Senior High School who lives with his father Harold, mother June, younger sister Lisa, and dog Jim. Jordan is constantly being bullied by a couple of ninth graders Billy Morris and Jimmy Neff. However, one day the two older boys don’t tease him. They are more interested in a piece of paper that they were looking at. When Jordan finally asks them why no laughing at him or insults, they seem rather frightened of something, and all Jimmy does is to whisper the words, “P…Pur…Purple…Patchett.” The next day the two freshmen are both dead. It is rumored that they were found in the woods as pale as ghosts as if all the blood had been drained out of them.
Later, when Jordan tells the school counselor Mrs. Alsend what Jimmy had said to him, she becomes very angry at his using that kind of talk in her office and throws him out. Then she reports it to the Principal, who expels Jordan from school. Even his best friend Sammy Hoyle avoids him. That night, his dad, having received an e-mail from the Principal, yells and screams at Jordan that he is never to utter those words again. What or who is this “Purple Patchett”? How does it affect the rest of Jordan’s life? And will he ever discover its meaning? The author calls this short, suspenseful book a “ghost story.” All I’m going to say is that if you like to read tales from the macabre that leave you hanging in mid-air, The Purple Patchett is for you.