a wild adventure, a mad thought-provoking comedy
set in 2096 when Earth's
climate has completely changed due to The Great Climate Enhancement*. By
now adult Earthlings know that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Milky
Way, but they keep this secret from children
because they fear they will be scared.
The book opens with an
invitation to Earth to send five children to a training
school on the far side of the Milky Way, populated by children from all over the
galaxy. The purpose of this training is to prepare participants for a mission
that is "too dangerous and too secret to divulge."
|Tommy Storm (aged 11¼) is a big loser with no friends, who gets teased all the time. For twisted reasons, he is chosen as one of the five to represent Earth at the training school run by Wisebeardyface, Miss Zohfria LeWren and other fantastical characters. Here, Tommy learns how to wield a flashscimitar, to fly a jegg and to jump through wig-holes. Thrown into a dorm with 4 kids from other planets, he makes the first real friends of his life and then finds himself in a desperate bid to save Earth from obliteration.|
Aimed at adults on one level and at younger readers (10 years+) on another, the Tommy Storm books have the epic adventure of Star Wars, the philosophical impact of The Little Prince and the mad, unpredictability of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory... They are stories about what it means to be human. Check out the reviews.
Check out the Wikipedia entry for Tommy Storm
If your school is in Ireland, you can arrange for AJ to come to your
classroom to read from
Tommy Storm and answer questions. The session can be part funded through the Writer's In Schools
scheme so it doesn't cost your school very much. Simply ask your teacher to contact AJ or Poetry Ireland to
organise it (see Poetry Ireland
(c) 2009 A.J. Healy