The Secret History of Tom Trueheart

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart

Book - 2007
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When young Tom Trueheart's seven older brothers all go missing during their adventures in the Land of Stories, he embarks on a perilous mission to save them and to capture the rogue story-writer who wants to do away with the heroes.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061152108
Branch Call Number: FICTION BECK
Characteristics: 341 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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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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