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Naturally he is ridiculed by his peers and his teachers, but the ridicule just spurs him on even more and when he gets home he makes the same announcement to his parents. Whereas most parents would nod sagely and then explain the impracticalities of such a venture for a ten year-old, Tom's mum and dad make him some sandwiches, dig out the family tent and before we know it they are waving him off as he starts his epic journey. Tom then goes on to cycle through Europe, the Middle East and the whole length of Africa.
Unbelievable, yes, but also a great deal of fun.
Alastair Humphreys has himself cycled around the world, and he has drawn on his own experiences whilst writing this book. As such, it is full of really interesting facts about the countries, cultures and people that Tom encounters on his journey. Some of these are built into the narrative, whereas others are presented in the form of Tom's handwritten journal. As well as the facts there are also the underlying themes throughout the story of facing your fears and aspiring to achieve your dreams.
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These various elements to the story would make great discussion points for primary school kids if used as a class reader, and it is also cross-curricular, covering subjects such as geography, religion, languages and a number of other subjects. My thanks go to Alastair Humphreys for sending me a copy. Newer Post Older Post Home.
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