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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:
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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,”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Anai | 1/18/2014

    " Good brave boy having to save his brothers. "

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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.