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The Secret History of Tom Trueheart, Boy…

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart, Boy Adventurer (2006)

by Ian Beck

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This book is so good I'm doing it for my book report
  Aryboo33 | Mar 8, 2013 |
This fast paced fairytale adventure is easy to read, but feels like a real accomplishment for somewhat new chapter book readers due to the number of pages. If you don't mind experiencing new takes on old fairytales, then you will probably find this book enjoyable. ( )
  melopher | Nov 6, 2009 |
“‘You’ll need courage,’ is what the crow had said, courage. That meant he would really have to face danger and trouble, and he was frightened of danger, and he was frightened of trouble. But they seemed to have come calling anyway, both for him and his brothers.”

Our “once upon a time, long ago” story begins with Tom Trueheart on the brink of turning 12, the age when he’ll be eligible to follow in the footsteps of his six brothers–Jack, Jacquot, Jacques, Jackie, Jackson, and Jake. His brothers “were very tall, very beefy, very brave, and very noisy young men”; they are all famous adventurers in the Land of Stories.

Just before Tom’s birthday, his brothers are all called away on their respective adventures which all turn out to be familiar stories such as Cinderella, the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Jack and the Beanstalk. So off they go with promises to return in time for Tom’s birthday celebration while Tom remains behind with his mother (his father has been lost somewhere in the Land of Stories long ago which just cries sequel doesn’t it?).

Left behind as usual, Tom suffers from bad dreams about scary adventures, diffidence in himself, and worries about a secret he keeps locked up tight inside–”He was not at all brave“. When his brothers do not return, however, he is forced to confront his fears.

The normal way of things is that the Story Bureau assigns the adventurers a story with a beginning and the adventurers enter the Land of Stories to complete the tales. Unfortunately, this time Tom’s brothers have not returned because of the diabolical scheming of one Story Bureau writer, Julius Ormestone. Ormestone decides that he’s sick and tired of creating beginnings for which the adventurers get to complete the stories and he takes drastic measures to change things (i.e., kidnapping assorted adventurers with the last name Trueheart).

Fortunately, the Master of the Story Bureau appoints Tom to his brothers’ rescue. When the Story Bureau assigns a Trueheart a story, a Trueheart steps up to the task and discovers an ending for the tale. So Tom enters the Land of Stories where he will need all of the courage he can muster in order to save his brothers from the man who is trying to destroy his family and the Land of Stories itself.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart is full of adventures and adventurers, of familiar tales and new twists, of nefarious plotters with wicked schemes and helpful comrades with ready aid, of evil and of good, of greed and of generosity, of cowardice and of courage. For those who enjoy The Secret History of Tom Trueheart, the sequel, Tom Trueheart and the Land of Dark Stories is now available. ( )
  eagletlab | Jun 7, 2009 |
Taking the trend to fictionalize fairy tales to the extreme, author Beck includes Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Frog Prince as subplots when Tom Trueheart investigates what happened to his six older brothers in the Land of Stories. ( )
  mjsbooks | Jan 8, 2008 |
A little bit too long. After the first couple of Jack stories, I was bored and skipped to the end without feeling as if I missed anything. Predictable and monotonous. Fans of fractured fairy tales might be able to hang in there and enjoy it. ( )
1 vote parkplace05 | Oct 23, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061152102, Hardcover)

Tom's six older brothers take after their father. Tom does not.

The brothers are adventurers who go on dangerous quests in the Land of Stories. Tom stays home with his mother.

Tom's brothers are famous for the exciting endings they discover for the tales the Story Bureau assigns to them. Tom worries he will never have a story of his own.

But when his brothers fail to return from their adventures in time to celebrate Tom's twelfth birthday, a letter from the Story Bureau arrives . . . addressed to Tom. It is up to him to find out why his brothers haven't completed their missions.

Tom packs his bags and kisses his mother good-bye. It turns out that he has his own story after all—and you are about to read it.

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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.

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