The Secret History of Tom Trueheart (Tom Trueheart #1)
Will Tom ever have a story of his own?
Tom Trueheart's six older brothers are famous. They go on exciting quests in the Land of Stories to complete tales the Story Bureau assigns them. Tom stays at home with his mother. But when his brothers fail to return from their latest adventures in time for Tom's twelfth birthday, a letter from the Story Bureau arrives . . . addres...more
Tom’s six older brothers are all adventurers in the Land of Stories. They go o...more
Here's how it works: Either Tom's father Jack (missin...more
I just finished reading this with my almost eight year old daughter. I thought it was a lame serving of leftover fairytales thrown into a lousy soup of a pointless story. It started out with what seemed like a clever idea and went absolutely nowhere from there. The pacing was limp, the stories are predictable with all the traditional endings and the original portions are sprinkled throughout very inconsistently.
The writing is mediocre at best. I wa...more
This story takes place in a story land where Tom's six older brothers (all named some version of Jack) go off adventuring with familiar fairy tale characters to live, then tell the stories which are so well-known to us.
When the older brothers do not return in time for Tom's 12th birthday, Tom is contacted by the Story Bureau to begin a resc...more
I read this book and really liked it. It was cute and funny and clever and suspenseful and around every turn you met a new fairy tale character. I enjoyed how Tom went from doubting himself to being a true hero - and even heroes are scared sometimes.
The boys in my family just finished reading it with their day. I asked...more
The book takes such a creative concept - the lives of adventurers behind all the "fairy tale stories" that are following scripts from the Story Bureau - and completely makes it a chore in its structure and pacing. zzazz.
It saddens me that I didn't love it as much as she did!
There are some very clever details, but the book seemed a little slow to me and the main antagonist was not very imposing or believable. The funny little takes and cameos from a dozen different fairy tales were the enjoyable parts.
This would be fun to read t...more
I see on Goodreads that there are sequels, and I will probably check them out. This is a book I would read with Hallie in ten years.
Great fun fairtytalish adventure! Kids Grades 3-5 live this book or having it read to them....warning you have to do really cool voices tho! Theres an audio available which is fantastic for long car trips! Assured peaceful journey!