The Secret History of Tom Trueheart

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart

Boy Adventurer

Book - 2006
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Tom Trueheart wants to be an adventurer like his six older brothers. They're all employed by the Story Bureau to take the lead in any number of thrilling tales - tales which mean they have to rescue red-hooded young ladies or climb outlandishly large beanstalks. Each story is started off bythe Story Bureau and it's up to the adventurer to make of the story what he will. But this time something's gone wrong - none of the stories are being finished and none of the Trueheart brothers have returned home. Now Tom will get his chance to be a hero - he must set off to the Land of Storiesand find out what has happened to his brothers and bring them back.
Publisher: Oxford University Press,� 2006
ISBN: 9780192792037
0192792032
Branch Call Number: JF BECK

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FindingJane Dec 12, 2016

Where do stories come from? Why do the adventurers always seem to be brawny strong men? What’s with all those ladies lying in wait for their princes to come? How old does an adventurer need to be, anyway?

All these questions and more get answered in this delirious spin on old Grimm märchen. Somebody decides that stories shouldn’t always have he-men involved and that’s when things go terribly awry. When the timid Tom Trueheart sets off, it’s not to win a princess (he’s only 12, for goodness sakes!) but to rescue his missing brothers.

Tom is a bracing breath of fresh air. He’s not like his big, himbo brothers. He’s timid and fears that he’s not at all brave. He spends a lot of time with his mother and seems quite a sweet boy, especially compared to his rambunctious older siblings (all named variations of Jack for whatever reason) who think nothing of throwing food at each other even though they’re way too old for such nonsense.

His travels take him through familiar storyland territory and involve a magpie sensibility, careful thinking and the advice of a disguised crow. It’s a fun read for young children but older people might enjoy its twists on the old stories.

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