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. Check out the latest tale in this series, Tom Trueheart and The Land of Dark Stories. The third in this swashbuckling series featuring brave Tom Trueheart - Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends is also now published.


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 thrilling tales. But something's gone wrong - none of the stories are being finished and none of the Trueheart brothers have returned home. Now, Tom must find out what has happened to his brothers and bring them back.


A delightful book, and one with a wide potential audience ... a story with a timeless quality and great charm for bedtime reading upwards. Marcus Sedgwick, The Literary Review This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story. Julia Eccleshare, Tom's quest to discover his own story and his courage, unrolls through an elegantly described magical landscape, in this skilful, highly inventive story about the way stories work. Booktrust Looks likely to become one of the hits of 2006 Amanda Craig, The Times

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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320 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

5th April 2007




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