Shroud of Sorrow | Tommy Donvaband | BBC Books | April 2013
Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US.
His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).
See more about the #TommyVCancer blog tour and why we’re all taking part at the bottom of this post!
About The Book
It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere.
PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream… and push through into our world.
As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?
When picking a book to review out of the many Tommy has published, there was almost too much choice! So, in the end I went with one that matched one of my other favourite things Doctor Who!
It’s also been a while (probably back to my teens) that I’ve read a TV tie-in book. So I was particularly interested to see what the experience would be like.
I have to say I really enjoyed it. It did take a little while to get back into Matt Smith’s character as the doctor, after getting used to Peter Capaldi’s version for the last couple of seasons. That said, once I did, I loved the interplay between The Doctor and Clara. Tommy Donbavand makes sure there is plenty of laugh-out-loud dialog between the two!
The monster is suitably creepy. The Shroud, twists people’s memories and fears so it can feed off them. Potentially, taking out whole planets in a very short period of time.
The Doctor, Clara, and their new friends must travel though a wormhole to find a way to defeat The Shroud. Without giving too much away, it was nice to see Tommy flip the usual trope of clowns being the scary thing. 😉
But it is going to take more than a little frivolity, for them to win. The Doctor must delve deep into his own past and fears, for them to succeed.
The Shroud of Sorrow was great story and fantastic fun to read!
Like many children’s authors, the large portion of Tommy’s income comes from holding speaking events and writing workshops in schools – two things he is currently unable to do as he battles cancer. We’re all taking part in the #TommyVCancer blog tour to help raise awareness and donations as Tommy battles his illness.
Or maybe you could buy one or two of his fantastic books!
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