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Tin Boy

Written by Steve Cole

Illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

LoveReading View on Tin Boy

Powerful and inspiring story to get children thinking about our world

Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | September 2019 Book of the Month

Short and, in Barrington Stoke style, accessible to all readers, Tin Boy is a powerful and inspiring story, and one that will get children thinking about the world and their place in it. The hero Tono lives in the Indonesian province of Bangka Belitung and, though he’s only a boy, goes to work to each day, swimming down to mine tin by hand from deep under sea. It’s dangerous work and caught in an accident, he’s lucky to survive. That luck, together with something he finds on the seabed, changes his life.  It’s a gripping story, that both vividly describes Tono’s life and plays with the idea of superheroes in a way that will resonate with all readers. 

Readers who enjoy Tono’s story should also look out for Kick by Mitch Johnson.

Andrea Reece

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Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

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Tin Boy Synopsis

Mining for tin in deep, dangerous trenches is the only life that Tono has ever known. Worked to the brink of exhaustion each day, his only escape is in the precious moments when he reads his dad's old comics. In a world of heroes and superpowers, he can forget the terrifying mining pits. But an underwater avalanche, a glimpse of something bright red in the sandy seabed, and a canny sidekick are about to transform Tono's life forever ...

Fate collides with a stark reality in this truly unique and unforgettable story.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

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ISBN: 9781781128725
Publication date: 15/09/2019
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128725
Publication date: 15th September 2019
Author: Steve Cole
Illustrator: Oriol Vidal
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 120 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About Steve Cole

Steve Cole was our Guest Editor in November 2011. Click here to find out more and see some of his favourite books.  He is a bestselling children's author and lifelong fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond. His other book series include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs, with collective sales of over three million copies. In other careers he has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages. To see more author information click here.   You can see more Steve videos on his YouTube channel - click here.  

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