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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Ian Beck is the creator of many picture books for children and of the novel The Secret History of Tom Trueheart. He lives in England.From AudioFile:
The Trueheart clan has seven sons, six of whom are often called on to enter the Land of Stories and bring stories to an exciting conclusion. Tom, the youngest, and the only one not named Jack, worries that he lacks the bravery to carry on the family's tradition of bringing exciting exploits and happily-ever-after endings to the Land of Stories. Ian Beck has woven several well-known fairy tales into this novel, putting a new spin on some of our best-loved stories. John Curless narrates with flair, humor, and excitement. His smooth transitions from adventure to adventure and his facility with accents will keep listeners engaged in identifying the source tales. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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