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In her first standalone middle-grade novel, the beloved author of the Keena Ford chapter book series delivers a funny yet moving story about fathers, sons, and criminal justice. Oliver "Spaghetti-O" Jones's dad is about to be jailed for a crime he didn't commit, and Oliver believes the only way to save him is with the help of his favorite lucha-libre wrestler turned action In her first standalone middle-grade novel, the beloved author of the Keena Ford chapter book series delivers a funny yet moving story about fathers, sons, and criminal justice. Oliver "Spaghetti-O" Jones's dad is about to be jailed for a crime he didn't commit, and Oliver believes the only way to save him is with the help of his favorite lucha-libre wrestler turned action star, Tito the Bonecrusher. Together with his best friend, Brianna (a.k.a. "Brain"), and their new ally Paul "Popcorn" Robards, Oliver devises a madcap plan to spring his dad from a Florida correctional facility. Heartwarming and hilarious, this book looks at what it takes to be a hero . . . and what happens when you realize that saving the day might not always be possible.


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In her first standalone middle-grade novel, the beloved author of the Keena Ford chapter book series delivers a funny yet moving story about fathers, sons, and criminal justice. Oliver "Spaghetti-O" Jones's dad is about to be jailed for a crime he didn't commit, and Oliver believes the only way to save him is with the help of his favorite lucha-libre wrestler turned action In her first standalone middle-grade novel, the beloved author of the Keena Ford chapter book series delivers a funny yet moving story about fathers, sons, and criminal justice. Oliver "Spaghetti-O" Jones's dad is about to be jailed for a crime he didn't commit, and Oliver believes the only way to save him is with the help of his favorite lucha-libre wrestler turned action star, Tito the Bonecrusher. Together with his best friend, Brianna (a.k.a. "Brain"), and their new ally Paul "Popcorn" Robards, Oliver devises a madcap plan to spring his dad from a Florida correctional facility. Heartwarming and hilarious, this book looks at what it takes to be a hero . . . and what happens when you realize that saving the day might not always be possible.

47 review for Tito the Bonecrusher

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was so much fun. The narrator is relatable and HILARIOUS. I really enjoyed Spaghetti-O navigating friendships and difficult family relationships. I laughed out loud several times when he described certain people in his family. The story is about love, family, and consequences. I wish Tito’s movies were real! I can’t wait for my 10 year old to read it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Fifth grader Oliver Jones loves his father and has fond memories of their shared passion for lucha libre. But when he and his sister Louisa learn that he won't be able to attend her graduation ceremonies after he accepts a plea bargain in a case against his boss, Oliver is determined to find a way to break him out of his Florida prison . Having seen his idol, Tito the Bonecrusher, get out out of numerous jams and lead plenty of escapes in the action films in which he stars, Oliver figures that h Fifth grader Oliver Jones loves his father and has fond memories of their shared passion for lucha libre. But when he and his sister Louisa learn that he won't be able to attend her graduation ceremonies after he accepts a plea bargain in a case against his boss, Oliver is determined to find a way to break him out of his Florida prison . Having seen his idol, Tito the Bonecrusher, get out out of numerous jams and lead plenty of escapes in the action films in which he stars, Oliver figures that he might be able to help them or at the very least provide some tips. Along with his best friend, Brianna (Brain) Gregory, he comes up with an outlandish scheme to meet Tito and ask for his help. Things don't go according to plan, but Oliver learns the value of loyalty and might have made another friend or two along the way. While the plot to enlist Tito's help is unlikely to work, it's just the kind of thing that someone in fifth grade might concoct. The author makes it clear that the youngsters love their father even while finding it hard to understand how he got himself into this mess. It's also encouraging that Brain isn't portrayed as yet another boy-crazy girl with a crush on a celebrity or musician.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Always looking for funny books for my readers, but I'm not sure that my students know what lucha libre is, so more description of that might be helpful. I also felt like I might have missed a first book in the series. At any rate, I think it's a bit more elementary oriented, so I think I will pass.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Castrique

    Great book for middle schoolers. Fun read for adults.

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    Colby Sharp

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    Jackie Marrs

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    Lindsay

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    Michelle

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    Carin

    Oliver loves the Mexican wrestler, Tito the Bonecrusher, who has gone on to have a wildly successful action movie career (while still wearing his mask). Oliver's dad moved to Florida recently to help a friend open a restaurant and... he has been arrested for some confusing things Oliver doesn't fully understand but might have to do with illegal loans. And of course Oliver knows it's all the friend's fault and his dad didn't do anything. Which means he shouldn't be in jail. And who is great at br Oliver loves the Mexican wrestler, Tito the Bonecrusher, who has gone on to have a wildly successful action movie career (while still wearing his mask). Oliver's dad moved to Florida recently to help a friend open a restaurant and... he has been arrested for some confusing things Oliver doesn't fully understand but might have to do with illegal loans. And of course Oliver knows it's all the friend's fault and his dad didn't do anything. Which means he shouldn't be in jail. And who is great at breaking people out of places impossible to break out of? Tito the Bonecrusher! Who is going to be in town soon as a guest at a charity fundraising event! Oliver just knows that if he's able to sneak in and talk to Tito, he can get his dad out of prison and save the day! Along the way Oliver makes some new friends, finds his own resourcefulness, and might figure out his father's not quite as innocent as he believes, but that life will go on nevertheless and things will work out okay. But the hijinks to get there will be pretty hilarious!

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