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Tom Swift and His Flying Lab (Tom Swift Jr #1)

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Victor Appleton II. Tom Swift and His Flying Lab. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [1954]. Octavo. 208 pages.
Published (first published 1954)
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John Yelverton
I don't know why, but I absolutely adore these old science fiction books. Very much in the vein of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
The Tom Swift, Jr., books were a fun, upbeat, and interesting adventure series published for kids from 1954 to 1971 that promoted science, fair-play, patriotism, and team-work; they were good, positive books. The series served as a sequel to the original Tom Swift series that appeared from 1910 to the beginnings of World War II; Tom and his sister, Sandy, are the children of the first Tom and his wife, Mary Nestor; Tom's girlfriend Phyllis Newton is the daughter of Tom Sr.'s sidekick Ned Newton ...more
This is the first book in a series I adored as a pre-teen I recently revisited it and have collected most of the titles in the old, yellow, hardcover set. The last few of the series are so expensive now that I am kicking myself for giving them away to a friend when I was ten. Tom Swift, Jr. is set up as the son of the original Tom Swift, whose adventures happened in the early 20th century. The son and father duo work together in their lab and office, where they have cool drawing boards that slid ...more
The very first Tom Swift Jr novel featuring his best friend, Bud Barkley, Chow, the cook, Sandy, his sister. Tom builds an atomic-powered jet and has adventures. I read the entire series as a child, gave them away when I moved, and found a used copy.
I read the whole series as a kid. It was my introduction to the world of science fiction. I loved every book and was sad when I finished them all. My rating is for the series.
I own the whole Tom Swift Jr. series but had never read one. I decided it was time to try them. This is an early Sci-Fi series for kids. The things that Tom invented were pretty interesting but the background material left a lot to be desired. I'm also not sure if some of these things were unknown in 1954, when the book was published, or if it didn't matter to the author. I think that uranium, which Tom and crew were seeking, is a toxic metal. There were also some holes in the action and how thi ...more
I was given Tom Swift and the Race to the Moon, # 12 in the Tom Swift Jr. series, for my eighth birthday, and I ate it up. Got the Asteroid Pirates later on, maybe for my ninth birthday. When someone at a school book sale had the first 10 books or so for sale for like five bucks—aged plain blue covers with their original paper covers long gone—I pounced. Asteroid Pirates was more or less contemporary to me in the early sixties, and even Race to the Moon from 1958 felt contemporary; this first in ...more
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 16, 2012

This is the 3rd serialized bk targeted to boys that I've (re)read in the recent past in my project of revisiting bks I originally read probably between ages 7 & 9. This revisitation project started as a side-effect of answering an interview question posited to me by my friend the poet/essayist Alan Davies regarding what I read as a child. In answer, I mentioned the Tom Swift Jr series.
Along with the Hardy Boys mystery series, the Bobbsey twins, and (yes, I'll admit it) even the occasional Nancy Drew mystery, Tom Swift was an early favorite of my youth. I started reading these books by the time I was in second grade, and enjoyed them until near the end of my elementary school years. I'm sure they would be quite dated by now, so I don't know that I can recommend them to today's youth, but I wish there had been something similar for my children...interesting books that demonstra ...more
I've read this book out loud twice now, once to each of my sons. They love the story, even though some of the "science" is beyond their ken. I imagine that a young, boy genius inventor is always a favorite of young boys.

The only really disappointing part of this book, for me, was the hint of extra-terrestrial communication. It is highly suggested that a group of scientists from Mars are trying to contact the Swifts, and that we are to keep reading the series to find out when that contact is made
Ishmael Aerych
This goes for the whole series.

Essentially innocent fun with science (kinda-science) and some world travel. The series is a rinse-and-repeat serial of working on an invention, the invention gets sabotaged, then it gets fixed and someone gets knocked out or sabotaged again, and then the first crook is caught, who directs them to the bad-guy base where the characters get knocked out and typically use the invention to escape.

So it doesn't go anywhere, the technology develops more than the plot does
Rex Libris
This was notthe book I expected it to be. I thought I was getting the original Tom Swift Jr. Book written in the 50s or 60s. Instead it was written around 2000 and updated accordingly. Tom now had a CD player and the like.

What was most interesting was to make the timeline fit with the original Tom Swift series, they authors created a couple of generations to extend the family so that Tom Jr. could be a teen!

The plot devices were essentially the same, the giant flying lab and the alien satellite.
Norman Howe
Matt Newell
It was a fun read.
Peter Castine
At the time I liked it a lot and would have given it at least four stars. But it is pretty boiler-plate boys' fiction. If it weren't for the fond memories, I'd probably only give it two stars today.
Kids SF, after the manner of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and those series... I recall reading one or two of these at Camp Carolina in Summer 1973. I preferred comics!
The Tom Swift series was one of my favourites as a ten-year-old! Still love the punning style that started with them!
Read all the books in this series during late grade school/early jr hi.
Ralph Carlson
A fun read. A visit to my teenage years.
Mc Cool
the Tom Swift Jr series is awesome
Feb 12, 2011 Dotty added it
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Another favorite series
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The character of Tom Swift was conceived in 1910 by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging company. Stratemeyer invented the series to capitalize on the market for children's science adventure. The Syndicate's authors created the Tom Swift books by first preparing an outline with all the plot elements, followed by drafting and editing th
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