A superb book. Tommy Turners adventures are well written and the fast pace draws the reader in to see how each element works out. THis first book bodes well for further books as his travels in this book cover a variety of subjects in historical time as well as established myth. NIce family back story for the reader to get involved with. Absolutely recommend it.
Tommy is a boy who yearns to be a hero, desperate to escape from his tedious home life and wanting to be accepted at school.
A chance encounter grants him his wishes and propels him on a voyage of self discovery where he finds magical worlds within fantastical quests. Adventures with Perseus and fighting the Gorgons! Flying away and escaping on the back of Pegasus to encounters with the Anjulongs and other worldly places. Tommy even finds himself at the World Cup final.. Tommy then must complete his most dangerous quest and time travel to Russia. Can he save that which is most precious to him? This is a delightful book that is superbly illustrated and will spark the imagination of any reader. You won't want to put this down! Let's hope for more adventures with Tommy!
A really great read for both adults and children. So many childhood memories came flooding back. It's a real page turner filled with factual information making it educational as well as entertaining. I can't believe this was Allison's first book, it is very cleverly written and well researched. I am really looking forward to more books in this series. Well worth every penny and I am very happy to recommend it to parents whose children have hungry minds.
A real page-turner full of vivid imagery transporting readers between modern-day Britain, Ancient Greece and Stalinist Russia, among other times and places. The relationships between the different characters are touching, and it's a pleasure to watch Tommy Turner grow as a character. A great book for children - and perhaps adults too!
Tommy doesn't have a great life until...a (not so) coincidental meeting with Mr Petrovsky plunges him into a series of action packed adventures both in the past and the future. What we liked best about the book was the balance between Tommy's family/school life and the adventures he goes on, which were both humorous and kept the pace of the book going well.
My 8 y.o. and I read the book together (the chapter's are just the right length for one a night!) and both she and my 10 y.o. loved the story and they got to learn something from it too. I would highly recommend this book for 8 to 12 year old children.
What a fantastic story, the right literature to feel again a child. It was my best book during my bus travelling on tour in Europe. It will be the next gift for my nephew as well! I'm more than sure that this story of Tommy will become famous all over the world!!!!!
I want to thank Miss Ali Seegar for the advanced copy of her debut novel and for the opportunity to read it.
Tommy Turner’s Tremendous Travels by Ali Seegar tell the story of Tommy, a 12 year old boy and his adventures in a difficult period of his life. When Tommy’s mother announces that they will be moving from his little town to another, Tommy feels that his world is ending. Forced to leave everything behind including his best friend and fellow adventurer Digby, the 12-year-old struggles to adjust to a new life, a new school and the constant favouritism of his sister Sally. But his life changes when he enters ‘Petrovsky’s Toy Store’, where his double-life starts. During the day, he’s a student at the High Brooms, struggling to fit in, make friends and survive encounters with bullies, and at night he’s an adventurer that travels to different planets meeting aliens, fighting mythical monsters and even winning the World Cup. When real life catches up to him, will Tommy be able to become the hero of his story?
First of all, I want to congratulate Patrick Hawkins for the brilliant illustrations in this book, they really helped me in imagining Tommy’s world and to fall deeper into the story. Secondly, for Miss Ali Seegar, I want to say that you are a wonderful writer with an amazing talent. The writing is very nice, it flows perfectly and the simple vocabulary makes it very easy to understand and follow. The story-line is incredible, very rich in imagination and creativity.
In this novel there aren’t just adventures but lessons as well, lessons that come with life experiences. I loved to see the evolution of Tommy’s character from the lost boy desperately wanting attention and struggling with a new life to the boy against all odds overcomes his fears and insecurities and starts his own path in life. I fell in love with Tommy, with his courage and his ability to face his fears. It was very easy for me to identify some of the challenges Tommy faced to ones that I had myself when I was younger, and that’s why I think this book isn’t just for children but for adults too. Mr Petrovsky, the toy store owner, represents the past and he’s there for a reason. The lessons that he teaches are the horrors of past wars, their consequences and that we should value what we have in our lives and the people that are important to us.
An amazing story with brilliant and memorable characters that will leave a tear in your eye. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages and for adults would like to remember that it’s like to be a child. I can’t wait for Miss Ali Seegar’s next novel!
"There are three important lessons to learn in life, Tommy,’ he started. ‘The first is courage—courage to accept a situation without knowing what the future will bring. Courage is the ability to face the unknown without giving way to fear."
Tommy Turner is twelve and a half years old when his parents move house and he has to leave his friends and start at a new school. But this is just another dose of misery in Tommy's life. His sister Sally is the special one and gets all she ever wants. Tommy is always the one left out. Until the day they go to Mr. Petrovsky's toy shop.
This is a really engaging tale of a young boy who feels pushed out of his parents' affections by a younger sibling with epilepsy who thus demands all their care and attention. The sad situation in which any child with a disabled or ill sibling can find themselves - and one which is so hard for such a child to understand and cope with. But Tommy learns how to do so and the story shows a way that it can be done - even without the magic Tommy has to call on.
'I’ve been up there, he thought. I’ve sailed the solar system and seen lands that no one else in this lifetime will ever know exist.'
This is a very well written and enjoyable story. It has a dash of science-fiction, some fantasy and some history all woven together to make the tale complete. It has a great character in Tommy although many of the others he encounters - such as the bullying twins - are little more than stereotypes. The adventures he has are enjoyable and the very philosophical reflections in the book are often deep, but in a way that would hold interest for a young reader.
For me the downside was that a bit too much of Tommy's life was standard fare - the having to move house, the not feeling like the favoured child, the unkind teachers, the wise old man. They were all used well, but all were well used - overused even - long before this book.
I would recommend this book for children around the age of the hero - especially any who have been having issues similar to the ones Tommy has.