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Pa Joe's Place by [Tucker, Clancy]
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Length: 300 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Boo is a seven-year-old Thai girl whose father is dying. She must leave home and travel 1700 kilometres to live in an orphanage, ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, run by a foreigner (farang). With a bag of clothes, some food and a mysterious envelope addressed to ‘Pa Joe’, she endures an adventurous train trip to Songkhla. On the way, she meets influential people who know Pa Joe, and a wise monk who gives Boo a lucky amulet.

Boo settles into ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, makes friends and inspires Pa; an American Jesuit priest who has cared for Thai orphans for 50 years. She and her friends establish a successful jam-making business to make money for Pa and Boo meets Jack Ryan, an Australian farmer she admires. Shattered by the death of her father, Boo runs from Pa Joe’s Place but is soon found by Pa and the Chief of Police.

Boo has survived four life-threatening situations since she left home: a train crash, snakebite, tsunami and a fire. Suddenly she takes ill and is rushed to hospital. Will her lucky amulet help her to survive?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Morris Publishing Australia; 1 edition (4 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KRY5G6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Pa Joe’s Place by Clancy Tucker is sweet story that speaks volumes. At only 8 years old, and with her father dying Boo Nawigamune is sent to live at Pa Joe’s Place, an orphanage far away from her parents and seven siblings. During her journey she survives a train derailment,a snake bite, tsunami and a fire.

Never before have I cried my way through a book like I did with Pa Joe’s Place. I cannot remember ever having cried so early in a book with the tears flowing at only chapter three. Within Pa Joe’s Place Clancy Tucker has created a book that moves you page by page. At times I felt that what Boo went through in such a short time was a little unbelievable but at the same time it sat true in my heart and it moved me. I could not do anything but love little Boo. Her strength and compassion as she travels 1700 kilometres from her home to live in an orphanage is inspiring. At such a young age this gifted girl teaches us so much.

Pa Joe’s Place is an exceptional novel that is not often seen. It is one of those gems that leaves you reeling with emotions days, weeks, months and years after you have read it. Still many months after I shed my last tear Pa Joe’s Place sits within my heart. As I write this my heart flutters and my stomach feels empty as I vividly recall the journey I traveled with Boo. I feel the loss of Boo as though she was a child of my own.

Pa Joe’s Place is a cultural journey through Thailand were the reader meets the people, the culture and the environment. It educates and it inspires. I cannot speak words powerful enough to do the content of Pa Joe’s Place justice nor the spiritual journey that it takes you on. Pa Joe’s Place gave me hope. It made me smile and it inspired me to be the best person I could be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional and very moving book! 8 June 2014
By Stefan Vucak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Boo Nawigamune, a little eight-year-old Thai girl, is poor, but smart, and wants to be a doctor. Her father had leukemia and will die soon. With eight children, her mother cannot support all of them and Boo is sent to an orphanage far away. Pa Joe meets her at the Songkhala station and takes her to the orphanage where there are homeless children of various ages. Everyone is friendly and although she misses her family, Boo feels she will have a wonderful life there. To surprise Pa for his birthday, Boo and the kids decide to have a large fish Pa caught stuffed. To pay for this, they make jam, which they sell to local hotels. Boo learns that her father has died and is devastated.

One day a young Australian, Jack, heartbroken because he broke up with his finance, comes to Pa Joe’s pace and Pa invites him to stay until he feels better. Soon, Joe makes friends with all the children, taking them on picnics. While on the beach once, a tsunami sweeps in and Jack drowns, but all the kids are safe. Everyone misses him and Boo loses interest in things after that, but her bubbling spirits quickly return. A dormitory fire traps several children and Boo helps them escape. With Pa Joe’s Place badly damaged, the local hotel owner insists the children stay there at no charge. To help rebuild the place, Pa’s army friend brings supplies. Many people in Australia who knew Jack write to her and send money to help Pa and the kids.

Hoei, Boo! With ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, Clancy Tucker has created an extraordinary piece of writing. From the first page, I fell in love with little Boo’s unpretentious yet endearing character, as will every reader, whether young or young at heart. Wherever Boo goes, she touches people in a special way. Told from a child’s perspective, the story doesn’t have much of a plot, but what Clancy Tucker offers will tug at every reader’s heartstrings, which more than makes up for that small deficiency. The novel has superb writing with excellent narrative and dialogue; a jewel. This book can be read more than once, revealing flashes of pleasure that may have been missed before.

‘Pa Joe’s Place’ also plunges the reader into aspects of Thai culture and the harsh life of its people struggling to survive in an environment tourists perceive as idyllic. Given this glimpse, the reader will be tempted to visit Singkhala for himself and see that land through Boo’s eyes. The ending is sure to leave the reader tearful. This is a story no one will forget soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INSPIRATIONAL TEAR JERKER 26 June 2014
By Vicki CASE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW! Where do I begin. PA JOE's PLACE is an extraordinary book that had me captivated from its inaugural page & retained my interest and total attention throughout. Its the story of an incredible Thai girl who gives so much to the world in such a short life. Although her life was short she touched the hearts and souls of everyone who came into contact with her. The world definitely lost an Angel the day it lost Boo. Throughout the pages of this amazing book I found myself crying; caught up in the inspirational and highly emotional story line which is based on a real life experience. We go through life just existing. Its not until someone such as Clancy TUCKER takes the time to write a great book about their experiences that we sit back and realize just how many people there are out there that selflessly give of themselves to others; never asking for any form of remuneration or recognition. PA JOE's PLACE is; without a shadow of a doubt; a MUST READ. I cannot remember ever reading a book where I found myself reading it through a tsunami of tears that just wouldn't stop. I found myself caught up in the story; feeling each and every moment of happiness, sadness and; especially loss. It is with great pleasure that I award this book 5 stars & if it was possible I would have given it 10 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So young... 23 June 2014
By VickiT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"With Poppa gone, Momma would have eight mouths to feed and, because I was the youngest, my parents decided that I should leave home." - Pa Joe's Place

It's hard to imagine what must've been going through 7-year-old Boo's head as boarded a train to an orphanage 1,700 kilometres away, leaving behind her family and all she knew. In this poignant and inspirational narrative told from Boo's point of view, we see a strength of character and resilience rarely seen in a child so young. She was obviously a special girl.

Through all this, the other person who really shone through for me was Pa Joe - the man who gave Boo wings.

Told with a deft but light touch, this is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages, but even more so for younger readers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous girl 27 June 2014
By clancy tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a heartwarming story of a very courageous young girl, courageous beyond her tender years, and mature in her outlook on life. She faces life's challenges with the same vigour and enthusiasm despite the obstacles. In the process she meets great people along the way who inspire her, and she in turn inspires them. The book is filled with action, surprises and is a realistic insight into the local culture and traditions of a child living in Thailand. The warmth of the people shines through. The heartbreak of the child's reality touches your soul. I recommend this book as a rewarding read for old and young alike.

Doctor Judith O'Malley-Ford, GP, Author, Artist, Queensland, Australia