The Secret History of Tom Trueheart - Boy Adventurer by Ian Beck
  

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart - Boy Adventurer

Written by Ian Beck

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This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story about young Tom Trueheart, the youngest of seven brothers, who sets out into the Land of Stories to find out what can possibly have gone wrong for his six older brothers. Each has been sent off on a quest and none returns. Things have gone wrong in the Land of Story so Snow White goes on sleeping and Cinderella still waits with only one shoe. Does little Tom have the courage to become the hero who can bring the stories to an end? A celebration of make believe for all lovers of a good story.

If you haven't read it yet, be sure to also check out the orgininal Tom Trueheart, and Tom Trueheart and the Land of Dark Stories.

Synopsis

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart - Boy Adventurer by Ian Beck

Tom Trueheart wants to be an adventurer like his six older brothers. They're all employed by the "Story Bureau" to take the lead in any number of thrilling tales - tales which mean they have to rescue red-hooded young ladies or climb outlandishly large beanstalks. Each story is started off by the "Story Bureau" and it's up to the adventurer to make of the story what he will. But this time something's gone wrong - none of the stories are being finished and none of the Trueheart brothers have returned home. Now Tom will get his chance to be a hero - he must set off to the Land of Stories and find out what has happened to his brothers and bring them back.

About the Author

Ian Beck

Ian Beck was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art.

Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He's been involved in the record industry, and painted the cover of one of the most popular records of all time: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. One of Ian's titles, Lost in Snow, was made into an animated film for TV and his books have now sold a million copies worldwide.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?

3. What made you write this book?

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

5. What is your earliest memory?


6. What did you enjoy most at school?

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

13. What is your most treasured possession?

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

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Hardback

Author

Ian Beck
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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st June 2006

ISBN

9780192792037

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