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Tom Trueheart and the Land of Dark Stories Hardcover – July 29, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Tom Trueheart
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061152137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061152139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`[Praise for The Secret History of Tom Trueheart, Boy Adventurer]: 'a delightful book, and one with a wide potential audience . . . a story with a timeless quality and great charm for bedtime reading upwards.' Marcus Sedgwick, The Literary Review

`This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story.' Julia Eccleshare,

`Tom's quest to discover his own story and his courage unrolls through an elegantly described magical landscape, in this skilful, highly inventive story about the way stories work.' Booktrust

`looks likely to become one of the hits of 2006' Amanda Craig, The Times

`Ian Beck's prose has a crisp and springy rhythm - a treat to read aloud to anyone over the age of six. His illustrations, gnarled silhouettes, are marvellously complex. If you turn them upside down, they change completely. A volume to treasure.' The Telegraph

`Another brilliant fictional concept is the Land of Stories in Ian Beck's The Secret History of Tom Trueheart... The book is guaranteed to enthral children, and adults will laugh at the sly in-jokes. Ian Beck's prose has a crisp and springy rhythm - a treat to read aloud to anyone over the age of six... A volume to treasure.' The Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Secret History of Tom Trueheart, Boy Adventurer. Many picture books and poetry anthologies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By KidsReads on June 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Twelve-year-old Tom Trueheart is not happy about wearing the all-white page boy outfit his mother has prepared for him. Since five of his six older brothers are getting married on the same day, Tom is trapped by obligation. But the youngest son of a family of adventuring men shouldn't have to wear blinding white knickers and white silk stockings when he could be out looking for his long-lost father, Jack Trueheart, the original Trueheart adventurer who used to work for the Story Bureau in the Land of Stories.

When their father didn't return from a Story Bureau assignment all those years ago, Tom's siblings took over the responsibilities. And then Tom had to rescue them when they were captured by the Giant above the beanstalk. But today is wedding day for the brothers and their princesses, and Tom can see no way out of his duties.

Being an experienced adventurer now, Tom doesn't leave home without his pack, magic birthday sword and supplies. He may be dressed in a silly white suit but that doesn't mean he's leaving the house without his equipment. The ride with his brothers, their princess brides and his mother appears uneventful, as does the start of the ceremony. The Master of the Story Bureau himself is saying the appropriate words for a wedding as he stands in front of Jacquot, Jake, Jackie, Jackson, Jacques and their lovely brides --- Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Princess Zinnia and Sleeping Beauty. (Princess Zinnia was the one who kissed a frog that was really Jackson Trueheart under a spell!)

As bad luck would have it, former Story Bureau scribe and outcast Brother Julius Ormestone crashes the ceremony and kidnaps all the brides-to-be and their husbands intended by binding them together with enchanted chains.
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