Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Jordie and Joey Fell From the Sky by Judi Lauren. When I was lucky enough to get an interview with Judi Lauren I immediately started reading to get some question ideas – I was immediately hooked! Scroll down for my full thoughts and interview with Judi! Also, make sure to check out the tour schedule for other content creator’s thoughts at the bottom.
Thank you to Judi Lauren and Jolly Fish Press for providing me with an ARC for this review.
Judi Lauren was born in the Midwest and misses those winters. She now resides in an area where the bugs are way too large. She has an unnatural obsession with Chicago, Dean Winchester, and Friends (the TV show.)
Judi is represented by Heather Cashman of Storm Literary Agency, where she writes books for kids and teens about family, friendship, and surviving impossible things.
In her spare time, she also works as an editor at Radish Fiction. You can connect with her on Instagram @judilauren.
About The Book
Title: Jordie & Joey Fell From the Sky
Author: Judi Lauren
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Publishing Date: April 19th, 2022
Page Length: 240
Age Range: Middle Grade
Twin brothers Jordie and Joey have never met their parents. Maybe it’s because they aren’t from this planet?
When another kid at school tried to force Jordie to show him the “crop circles” on his back that prove he’s an alien, it was Joey who took the kid to the ground. And when the twins got kicked out of their foster home because Joey kissed the other boy who lived there, it was Jordie who told him everything would be okay. And as long as Jordie and Joey are together, it will be. But when the principal calls their current foster mother about a fight at school, the boys know she’ll be done with them. And, from spying in their file, they also know they’re going to be separated.
Determined to face the world side by side rather than without one another, Jordie and Joey set off to find their birth parents. From Arizona to Roswell to Area 51 in the Nevada desert, the twins begin a search for where they truly belong. But Jordie’s about to discover that family isn’t always about the ones who bring you into the world, but the ones who help you survive it.
Content Warning: child abandonment, child neglect, and child abuse
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this – would aliens be real or not? I picked this up and quickly read it to get my answers. I was kept curious enough in Jordie, Joey, and Nadia with their friendship that I had to know where their road trip took them – an element I don’t usually enjoy. The main character is Jordie, although we travel with Joey and Nadia the entire time. We only get Jordie’s POV, which I think was important for the mystery element of the story. Jordie was an interesting character that felt like an outsider and needed answers and a place of belonging. I felt that Joey’s strong sternness and Nadia’s kindness towards Jordie allows us to see reactions to Jordie’s actions from both sides – Joey usually being stern and frustrated with Jordie (but in a loving older twin brother sort of way) and Nadia usually trying to get Joey to be easier on Jordie while at the same time getting Jordie to see Joey’s side. We spend very little time with other characters, most only being around for a chapter before we move onto the next.
I enjoyed the added UFO based entries between each chapter, giving us a little piece of trivia as news articles or blog entries which allows the reader to get a glimpse into the types of information Jordie has been reading. I also enjoyed the little research/interview journey they go on once they get to Roswell.
I haven’t read many books involving the fostering system, although this is the second book I’ve read recently with foster children. Unlike the other one, these boys haven’t had an easy time in life. They have been bounced between multiple homes – all at varying states of safe. I understand this is normal, but it was so sad to read. There were some moments in here that were rather upsetting and I did tear up – some of which I hadn’t been expecting.
Overall, I think it was an interesting middle grade that followed twins that were desperate to stay together and find their family. With the upsetting, but sadly realistic situation I would be more hesitant to suggest this to younger or sensitive readers without first telling them of the content/trigger warnings; however, I still enjoyed it and curious to see what else Judi writes.
In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers, what can readers expect from Jordie and Joey Fell From the Sky?
Road trips, found families, alien facts, ride-or-die sibling relationship
Without spoilers, what scene did you have the most fun writing and why?
Oh this is such a fun question! One of my favorite scenes to write is close to the beginning, when Jordie and Joey have a big fight over something Jordie did that caused a setback in their trip. Jordie and Joey very rarely have true fights, even though they bicker a lot. They spend almost every minute of every day with each other, so it was fun to write a scene where one of them was fed up with all the little irritating things the other one did.
If you could spend the day with Jordie, Joey and Nadia what would you do with each of them?
Definitely sight-seeing. All three are big explorers and have a wanderlust that would take them a lot further than just the Southwest.
If Jordie, Joey and Nadia could travel anywhere next, where do you think they’d like to go to next?
Given all the traveling they did throughout the book, I think they’d like to go somewhere that’s strictly for fun. Jordie and Joey have never been to places like Disneyland, so I think they’d start there and see what happened next!
Can you tell us about anything your working on?
I have my second contemporary MG out on submission with my agent about a boy who’s trying to become his own person despite an emotionally abusive father. And I’m currently working on my first MG fantasy!