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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Beck Narrator: John Curless Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780061376047
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Tom Trueheart yearns to be an adventurer like his seven older brothers, who travel to the Land of Stories to rescue princesses and defeat villains. He gets his chance on his twelfth birthday, when all of his brothers have gone missing from their adventures, leaving the Story Council deeply concerned. Tom's the only one who stands a chance at saving his brothers, capturing a rogue story–writer, and salvaging the newest tales.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beck’s story is a quick read that at once pays homage to its chosen milieu and also serves as a worthy addition to it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This charming fantasy…is notable for a refreshing lack of violence and dragons—and an abundance of dry wit.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “This is a novel that goes deep into fairytale lore. Familiar stuff, with a twist,”

    Gaurdian

  • “A delightful book, and one with a wide potential audience…a story with a timeless quality and great charm for bedtime reading upwards.”

    Literary Review

  • “A refreshing and humorous take on traditional fairy tales.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The bridge between chapter books and novels is as important as the one that takes new readers from picture books to chapter books. It would be difficult to find a better traveling companion for that journey than Tom Trueheart.”

    BookPage

  • “Ian Beck…reinvents timeworn tales of irascible giants sleeping beauties, magic beans, ect., with vivacity and sly humor.”

    Denver Post

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 2/6/2014

    " This is a cute book. There isn't a ton of deep thinking that went into it. If you have a child that loves fairy tales then I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 1/30/2014

    " Tom is the youngest of the Trueheart adventuring brothers, and the only one whose name is not some variant of Jack. When a malicious storyteller devises a way to trap all six of his brothers mid-story, Tom is sent by the story bureau to rescue them and help them bring all their stories to a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lschulzy | 1/24/2014

    " This is a truely amzing book that gives a spin on classic fairy tales in a very unexpected way! The story breates new life to old dusty fairy tales by giving Tom's brothers jobs or roles to play in each story. Each boy whose nmaes are all Jack, recieve a letter from The Story Bereau and is then wisked away to be a prince or maybe a lowly peasent. All the boys except Tom are sent on missions, but promise to be back for Tom's birthday. When Tom's birthday arrives none of his brothers are home, so Tom is sent on a quest of his own and weaves his way between classic fairy tales to find his brothers... :-) Great Book! I would suggest it to young boys who like to read and are looking to find a place in this world. Tom is a very relatible character! ~ Luke "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anai | 1/18/2014

    " Good brave boy having to save his brothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Cignoli | 1/17/2014

    " If you want to think about a child's book....I am reading this to my Third Graders. It lets the kiddos try to remember the Fairy Tales from long ago that they are no l.onger exposed to. They are exposed to a genre unknown...etc.. Great...I love to see them wonder, question and think outside the box. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/16/2014

    " This is a super fun book. My boys loved this book. This is the perfect family book for ages 6-10? Lots of adventure and princesses needing rescued. A fun book if you like fairy tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 1/9/2014

    " It had potential to be developed into a much more gripping read but that potential failed to materialize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " I met the author of this book and was given a signed copy by him. I loved this story, I also like stories that are based on old fairytales, you can't go wrong really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 12/23/2013

    " Very creative! Adventureous too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/4/2013

    " Read for my children's book club, it's an OK adventure story, clever concept, seems to want to be made into a movie and certainly is a set up for a sequel. I don't think I've ever read a final chapter that was so set up for a sequel. We'll see how the kids liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/30/2013

    " Another book on fairy tale fantasy. I am a sucker for these and this is good, but not like Sisters Grimm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 11/19/2013

    " This is a fabulous read-aloud book. I was hooked the whole time and everyone loves it when Mom wants to keep reading to the kids! :) Great writing, fun story and clever details. Our family loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 8/24/2013

    " My children really loved this story. They would listen carefully to see which fairy tale they were hearing about. A cute take on fairy tales. Each night I would be begged for more. I have to admit. I couldn't wait to just read it with the kids, I'd read ahead after they would go to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 12/9/2012

    " I love this book! Highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/9/2012

    " The kids loved it. It didn't love it, but it was nice entertainment for a drive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Talitha | 7/23/2012

    " Interesting idea. A good adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/6/2012

    " it was a book that i would enjoy to read again it is creative it's fantasy cause fantasy is my favorite kind of books there cool like the sisters grimm and many other books that i really liked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecily | 1/22/2012

    " This is a clever take on the traditional fairytales without being too unique. I'm excited to read it to my boys when they get a little older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyra | 12/24/2011

    " If I were a critic, i'd say "A delightful twist on fairytales known to young and old. Wonderful imagination, and beatiful storyline." But since I'm not a critic, and I'm just a kid, I'd say "it was good." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/3/2011

    " Cute story but I think the author could have done more to develop the plot further. Kids will enjoy it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/23/2011

    " This was a really great book for the young, or the young at heart. It was all of our favorite fairy tales told sort of behind the scenes.

    I see on Goodreads that there are sequels, and I will probably check them out. This is a book I would read with Hallie in ten years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 4/2/2011

    " My children really loved this story. They would listen carefully to see which fairy tale they were hearing about. A cute take on fairy tales. Each night I would be begged for more. I have to admit. I couldn't wait to just read it with the kids, I'd read ahead after they would go to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 7/30/2010

    " This was a great listen with my son! Great characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anai | 7/4/2010

    " Good brave boy having to save his brothers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodee | 5/27/2010

    " Cute story. Kids will love it. Simple to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 4/10/2010

    " I love this book! Highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McKenzie | 3/4/2010

    " This was a super cute book that incorporates our favorite stories-Cinderella, Rapunzel, etc. I'd love to read this outloud to my class! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/2/2010

    " Recommended by Jonah Grieser. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Beck

Ian Beck is the creator of many picture books for children and author of the novel The Secret History of Tom Trueheart. He lives in England.