Review: Fool’s Errand by Jenna Zark


Title: Fool’s Errand

Author: Jenna Zark

Genre: Historical Fiction; Middle Grade

Published: 20 November 2018

Publisher: Dragon Moon Press

Disclaimer: I got the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which surely doesn’t affect my opinion.

 When her best friend Sophie goes missing, 12-year-old Ruby Tabeata has a choice: wait for her friend to come home or defy her parents and find Sophie.
Set during the 1950s Blacklist era when writers like Sophie’s mom were being jailed or fired, Fool’s Errand sends Ruby out of her city and her comfort zone.
With nothing to rely on but her grit and determination, Ruby has to outsmart the men chasing Sophie and her mom—discovering that whether or not you succeed, trying to save a friend is never a fool’s errand.


“You can’t be anyone but yourself,” I remember her saying. “But if you figure out what you do best, you can get a whole lot farther than you think you can.”


Unlike the first book, Fool’s Errand have Sophie’s letters throughout the book which we can also see her perspective about what’s happening. I did say I like her because she’s funny, but I think I like her more now. In here, we can get to know herself a lot more than the previous book. Sophie is a witty person and is always the chirpy one. Even though she’s having a problem, she always keep a positive mindset with her; telling herself that everything will settled at the end of the day. She shakes all the bad energy and try to make everything is an adventure of her life which she needs to play along and explore it instead of getting away with it.

Not just that, I am also liking this style of Ruby here. I feel the author has stepped up her game with the writing style. Ruby’s mind is much more fun in here (not that the first book wasn’t fun) but this one, her perspective is much more carefree and enjoyable. I’m glad to say that I enjoy reading it.

What I like more about this second book is how I can see both Sophie’s and Ruby’s adventures. Sophie is somewhere else; definitely on the run but exploring new things and being adventurous, as they’d say. While Ruby is also somewhere else; trying to trail behind Sophie and also is having her own adventure. It’s really fun to see these two best friends having their own adventurous time but is also worrying about each other.

In addition, we also have some new characters, but the most appealing character to me is Etty. Etty is unbelievably a nice woman. Although she have nothing to do with all those problems, she is willing to help and get herself include in the trouble too. It is so nice to see a good character who isn’t selfish at all, especially in helping children because not many people take a serious matter when it comes to children, eh?

Last but not least, maybe I didn’t have the chance to talk about the Questions for Discussion at the end of the book from last post, but I admit they’re good ones. If I am still a kid, I’ll surely be brainstorming my answers for every single questions (not that I didn’t do it after I finished the book just now). When I was very young and loved to read, I always looked for storybooks that have questions at the end of it because it got my mind to think. And trust me, I liked to think. I will be so happy to get every questions right because it is such a success to remember the story line of the book and even thinking out of box.

Okay I promised this is the last. In my opinion, Fool’s Errand is a lot more intriguing. I can feel my heart is wobbling up at the rising action. And the part where Ruby can no longer see Sophie got me so emotional. Things has also been getting more serious in here and I like it very much! 🌸



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3 thoughts on “Review: Fool’s Errand by Jenna Zark

  1. This is such a good review. It reminded me of Historical Indian war fought to avenge the death of a patriotic friend. Old wise men called it Fool’s errand.

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