Chicago, IL (April 6, 2021)
In her much-anticipated series debut, the Tree Street Kids, author and editor Amanda Cleary Eastep introduces middle grade readers to her amazing characters Jack, Ellison, Roger, Ruthie, and little sister Midge in Jack vs the Tornado, the first book in the series. Readers will quickly connect with this lovable band of friends and finding out how they came together on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine Street. Set in a 1990s suburban neighborhood, and located in the Chicagoland area, the characters find adventures, challenges, and God’s great big love in their own small neighborhood.

“Have you ever slid into home base a split second before the ball hits the catcher’s mitt to win the big game? I haven’t. But if I had, I’m sure it would have felt as amazing as it did writing this new middle grade series for kids 8-12 years old. As they read, I hope kids laugh, feel braver, and are assured of God’s great love for them. Writing books for children isn’t only a dream I’ve had since I was a kid, it’s an act of joyful obedience to the Lord?” says Cleary Eastep.

In Jack vs the Tornado, readers will see themselves in the adventures of ordinary kids who are going through things just like they are. Parents will love how this series carries the spirit of the well-loved Sugar Creek Gang books from their childhood. Just in time for spring, Jack vs. the Tornado will open the door to the Tree Street Kids Series, and have students diving into all of the adventure, friendship, and fun!

Book Summary:
The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.

In Jack vs the Tornado, the first book of the Tree Street Kids Series, 10-year-old Jack is shocked to discover his parents are moving from their rural homestead to the boring suburbs of Chicago. Full of energy and determination, Jack devises a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a shocking discovery, and tornado season. Will Jack find a solution? Or is God up to something bigger than Jack can possibly imagine?

Jack vs. the Tornado
Tree Street Kids #1
Amanda Cleary Eastep
Moody Publishers
Genres: Middle Grade Kids, Children’s
Release Date: April 6, 2021

ISBN-10 : 0802421024
ISBN-13 : 978-0802421029

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About The Author

Amanda Cleary Eastep is not related to Beverly Cleary but wishes she were. She is, however, a children’s writer, and the Tree Street Kids is her debut series. Amanda knows kids because she’s still one at heart. When she is forced to act like an adult, she edits nonfiction books by grownup authors.