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The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby (The Toby the Trilby Series, #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Adventure Seekers, Young and Old, Join Toby, Small, but Bold ...

Born underground, at the edge of the world’s destruction, Twelve-year-old Toby has never seen the sun. Created by six scientists who accidentally gave him cat ears (and a tail), Toby decides to leave the safety of his cavern world to seek answers.
Did anyone survive the Great Destruction? Why has he been hear
Paperback, Second, 112 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by CreateSpace
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H.L. Burke
Oct 05, 2013 H.L. Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very reminiscent of the more allegorical works of George MacDonald, but written in a modern style easily understandable for young readers.

What originally drew me to it was the simple fact that the main character has cat ears, but I was intrigued by the meaning behind the prose and enjoyed the rest of the read as Toby takes a journey of discovery from the sheltered cave where he was created by scientists out into the light of a mysterious post-apocalyptic wo
Mick Mcart
Oct 24, 2013 Mick Mcart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I first started reading this book I thought for sure it was for a younger age. The cute concept of the main character charmed me and I was along for the ride. Angela has a lot of fun writing and it shows. I read this 81 page book straight through.

Sure, Toby the Trilby is fun, but it is also compelling. Toby is the protagonist in this story, but his fear is his antagonist. This is a cool way to show Toby's change of character as he goes through the story in search of his own soul. Nice.

Monica Mynk
Mar 17, 2014 Monica Mynk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toby the Trilby is a charming tale about a boy with a cat's tail born from a test tube to six scientists. He goes on an adventure to determine whether or not he has a soul. Toby is a great character, an underdog you root for from the very first page to the last.

I just finished reading this story to my eight-year-old son, and we enjoyed it so much we're planning to read it again. He laughed out loud at some parts from the vivid imagery, and we had great discussions about who God is and why we sh
Celesta Thiessen
Dec 30, 2014 Celesta Thiessen rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my husband and 12-yr-old and we all LOVED it! It's really sweet and a special story. A tale of a pure-hearted hero on his journey to find God. Super-glad we have the whole series to read. We've already started on the second book!
Toby was created in a science lab with a mixture of human and cat DNA. He was raised by scientists in a cavern hidden deep underground. When he turns twelve he goes on a quest to find out whether he has a soul. He discovers danger and friends in the world above ground. He mets the Father who loves him and gave him a soul.

This is a charming story of what ifs. What if the earth was destroyed as we know it? What would the survivors do? Does a child created in a lab actually have a soul? Most import
Wayne S.
Oct 01, 2014 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you have any idea what a trilby might be? Twelve year old Toby was created by six older scientists who had taken refuge in an underground shelter during something called the “Great Calamity” which caused extensive devastation on the surface of the earth. These caretakers, or “grambles” as Toby calls them, were lonely and wanted a grandchild, so they strung together human DNA, added some cat DNA to fill in the gaps, formed him in a test tube, and brought him to life in an incubator. He has ...more
Ingrid Hall
I will admit that I nearly cried when I picked up this book and saw that it was advertised as Christian Sci Fi and recommended for ages ten and up as I really didn't see how Christian and Sci Fi could fit in the same sentence and my mind was throwing up all kinds of weird combinations. I do however pride myself on being open minded in what I will read and I was determined that I would give it a fair chance.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself immediately drawn in. Toby the Trilby is an ende
Dec 07, 2014 Clarice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toby is a one of a kind. He is 12 and was created in a lab. He calls the six who created him, his grambles. Kind of like grandparents. Toby has mostly human DNA with a bit of cat DNA as well that has given him a few feline features like how he is rather short for his age, has a tail, ears, and a keen sense of smell. But he looks much like a human boy would otherwise. He lives underground with his grambles and has never seen what is on the surface. It was foretold that the end was coming for ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Annk rated it really liked it
I received this story through Story Cartel for a review. What first intrigued me was this little boy having lived all his life underground. I knew that he would have to venture out, and I wanted to know about what he would think of the world he met.

What I did not realize was that this was a Christian story, though this isn't something that bothered me, I just hadn't known it going in. The first "Voice" however, not knowing of its intent, did make me suspicious. But all in all, this is a very nic
S.A. Molteni
Mar 15, 2015 S.A. Molteni rated it really liked it
The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby by Angela Castillo is a unique tale of a test-tube baby with "mostly" human DNA who must deal with a post apocalyptic world along with his creators.

Toby, now twelve years old, lives underground with his "grambles" - a term her uses for his six creators, similar to grandparents. Although Toby is mostly human, he has cat DNA as well, which gives him feline features of pointed ears and a tail. Toby's creators are scientists who were told that there would be
S. Policar
Nov 03, 2013 S. Policar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

*I received this book from the Author via The Bearded Scribe in exchange for an Honest Review*

This was an interesting story. It followed a little boy who was half cat, named Toby. He was genetically created by six scientists who had survived the end of the world because they were lonely. Toby sets out into the remains of the world following a voice only he can hear, to find out if he has a soul since he wasn't created like normal people.
There are a handful of spelling errors in the story, noth

Marc Secchia
A profound exploration of what it means to be human seen through the eyes of Toby, a part-cat part-human creation of his 'grambles', or grandparents, who are hiding in an underground bunker in a post-apocalyptic world. Toby's humanity and his soul are in question; he must go out into the world and discover for himself whether he has a soul or not - and if this means to know pain, the feeling of being outcast, and of caring for another being, then this book answers that question. But there is ...more
V. Gingerich
As I read this book, a picture sprang to mind: a cozy living room with a crackling fire, maybe a cat on the hearth and a popcorn bowl on the table (might as well do it up pretty), a few children and teens scattered about, and Mom in the rocker with this book in her hands.

Because The Adventures of Toby the Trilby is a book for families.

Toby is twelve, with cat ears and a tail, so kids will find him captivating. The dystopian setting and details of the Great Calamity have a decidedly teen feel.
Charles Ray
Apr 02, 2016 Charles Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toby is a 12-year-old boy who was created in a bunker by a group of scientists who accidentally gave him ears and a tail. They call him a Trilby. He’s not sure what he is; does he have a soul, what does the sun look like, and is there anyone outside the bunker.
The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby by Angela Castillo is a heart- warming tale that will appeal to readers of all ages, although it’s intended for teens and young adults. The author’s descriptions, setting and characters, as Toby se
Jodi Woody
I received a free copy of "The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby" from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. This is such a lovely middle grade read! Toby was created by some aging scientists out of a need for a child to love. Those scientists had to use the DNA they had available after going underground, and unfortunately had to add some cat DNA. So lovable Toby has is smaller than most 12 year olds, and has cat ears and a tale. Toby ventures above ground trying to find out if he ...more
Susan Cotter
Aug 10, 2016 Susan Cotter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half-human, half-cat, Toby is a plucky critter on a mission. When a Voice calls to him to go and find ‘them’, he is ready and willing to go, even though he doesn’t know yet who ‘they’ are. As Toby explores a world completely unlike the one he grew up in, his spiritual and physical adventures teach him much about himself. Fast-paced with vivid description, the story keeps the reader engaged. The vocabulary and theme can sometimes be elevated, so parents may want to read Toby along with their ...more
Chris Bowlin
Nov 26, 2013 Chris Bowlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREAT!!!! This is a very eye opening book. It shows that just because you are different, does not mean that you can’t do anything. A trip to find your creator, the all-powerful. All you have to do is listen, hear what He has to say, and you can go on the trip of a life time. Toby is a really good role model for lots of people as he shows that you can do anything, if you trust in the right life mapmaker. I really enjoyed this book and would love to find out what happens to Toby and Mia! - Em age ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, mg-keepers
The beautiful writing drew me into this unusual but lyrical story, although it was a little confusing until a few pages into the story. Once I realized what was going on, I could not put the story down. Toby is a hero in every sense of the word, and yet his humility as he goes on his quest to find out if he, as a test tube creation, has a soul, is so touching. There is enough danger in this society to make the reader worry about Toby, but not too scary for middle readers. Wonderful affirmation ...more
Tim Howell
Nov 09, 2013 Tim Howell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this book on November 8 2013. Won it for my grandchildren. Read it before giving it to them. It quite an enjoyable book. Fun characters and situations. Easy read with good lessons for the kids. I am sure they will enjoy reading it again and again. Looking forward to more of Toby's adventures. Thank you for introducing us to a wonderful story and author.
Mar 06, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! It is interesting to the people of all ages.
Vaughn Ohlman
May 28, 2014 Vaughn Ohlman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-distopia
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Dec 07, 2015 Aimee rated it liked it
The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby is decent story about Toby who was born in a cavern, created by scientists who stayed underground amidst a Great Destruction. The scientists which Toby calls his Grambles are his guardians and he cares for them a lot. However, he often hears a Voice (representative of God) and feels there is something more out there so he requests to go above ground to go on a quest to find his purpose and who his Soul Creator is. His Grambles agree to let him go above ...more
Jamia stewart
I know we all feel bad when we can't write a glowing review when the author is kind enough to provide us with a free book. With that being said, I felt like this book just needed...more. Not much happened, it was really short, and it was never explained who the voice the character was hearing actually was. I know it is implied that it is god, but it just seemed like why did he need to go on this adventure when he was hearing the voice anyway and at the end he just kept on hearing the voice. I ...more
neal mirin
Nov 19, 2015 neal mirin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A child's story

Belief is strong, in this story ,So is the learning ,that was receive . I be live Toby was a child of God and did not know it in till the ending , A very good child book
Aug 05, 2016 Carl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
Pretty good read. Won as a goodreads giveaway. I liked the main character Toby. He was a kind of genetic mix human kitty on a journey outside, where his elders dare not go. He needs to find out if he has a soul. Probably a good story for the pre-teen or a little older, but I enjoyed it as well.
Rebecca McNutt
I would've been absolutely in-love with this book if I were still in the third grade. It has everything from a part-boy part-cat main character, to mad science. But despite it being a children's chapter book it can still be enjoyed by people of any age and the writing is very descriptive.
Joe Chiappetta
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Clare Barbee
Clare Barbee rated it it was ok
Nov 18, 2015
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Angela Castillo is a Work-at-Home-Mom with three small children. She lives in the small town of Bastrop, the city she grew up in. She studied Practical Theology and music at Christ for the Nations in Dallas. She has had many small works published in periodicals and one self-published volume of short stories and poems. She and her sister, Cherie Haines own several online stores featuring Cherie's ...more
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