Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions - by Anthony D Grate & Anthony J Rapino (Hardcover)

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Suggested Age: 8-12 Years
Number of Pages: 392
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: General
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Author: Anthony D Grate & Anthony J Rapino
Language: English
Street Date: October 18, 2022
TCIN: 86722655
UPC: 9781626349667
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-2628
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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"Sometimes our greatest moments of enlightenment come from our worst mistakes. When life supplies eleven-year-old Tommy Grant with some unfavorable circumstances intruding on his otherwise tranquil life in Ohio, he retreats into the spell-binding Order of Cosmic Champions. When he discovers that the largely successful animated program and toy line is holding a nationwide "Create-A-Character" contest where applicants submit their action figure designs, Tommy knows he has to enter as surely as he knows his own name. But when Tommy's character design fails to win the contest, he finds his world crumbling from all sides. And there is only one way he knows to fix it"--



Book Synopsis



Sometimes our greatest moments of enlightenment come from our worst mistakes.

​When life supplies eleven-year-old Tommy Grant with some unfavorable circumstances intruding on his otherwise tranquil life in Ohio, he retreats into the spell-binding Order of Cosmic Champions. When he discovers that the largely successful animated program and toy line is holding a nationwide "Create-A-Character" contest where applicants submit their action figure designs, Tommy knows he has to enter as surely as he knows his own name.

But when Tommy's character design fails to win the contest, he finds his world crumbling from all sides. And there is only one way he knows to fix it.

What follows is a whirlwind coming-of-age adventure of righting wrongs, overcoming perilous obstacles, confronting our inner demons, and challenging the limits of reality. In this waxing nostalgic and imaginative fantasy, readers will discover what excitement lies waiting when you take risks and conquer your fears. Only one question remains: In the final hour when you heed the call, the courage to give your all, will you stand or fall?



About the Author



About Anthony Grate:

Anthony lived through the '80s, from ages six to sixteen, by surviving on steady doses of Masters of the Universe, Kool-Aid that he put way too much sugar in, and BarNones. Occasionally he puts pencil to paper and create comic strips to entertain his friends. He dreamed of one day working for Marvel or DC. Once out of college, however, he found himself selling furniture. Life sure is funny.

After a few failed attempts to use a new thing called "the internet" to find a nice lady to share life with, a nice lady found him. They married and soon found themselves raising four children together. Meanwhile, in his spare time, Anthony tried desperately to appease the creative spirit dwelling within him. Comic strips, websites, books, board games, interactive online games . . . you name it, he probably gave it a shot.

Nowadays, Anthony juggles the responsibilities of a husband, father, business owner, and creator pretty well--or at least he thinks so. He lives in the same quiet corner of Ohio that he always has, with no plans of changing that. The guy's not much for change, which is probably why he still watches Masters of the Universe and eats too many BarNones. He did ditch the Kool-Aid, however.

About Anthony Rapino:

Anthony J. Rapino resides ion Northeastern Pennsylvania with his cats Luna and Poe. When he's not writing speculative fiction, Anthony can be found in the classroom teaching English or crouched in dark alleyways sculpting horrific autumnal creatures out of clay.

His work has appeared in On Spec, Acapella Zoo, Black Ink Horror, Madhouse, Liminal Spaces, and others. His novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, and story collection, Greetings from Moon Hill, are both available now.

Proof of psychosis and a full bibliography can be found on his website: www.anthonyjrapino.com

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Estimated ship weight: 1.39 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

A Fantastic Adventure and Coming-of-Age Story for ALL Ages!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Kevin - 4 months ago
Having heard about this book coming well over a year ago, I’ve been eagerly anticipating diving into the story. In preparation, I’ve gotten my hands on most of the associated merchandise found on their website, and finally sat down to read with the soundtrack playing in the background and action figures in hand! What I experienced was somehow equal parts what I was expecting and not what I was anticipating, but what I can say without hesitation is that I LOVE this book! Having been Tommy’s age, living in Ohio, in the 80’s, and having been a huge MOTU fan (Tommy’s analog being the OoCC), I assumed I’d enjoy a fun love-letter to that era and world. And, that is certainly part of the experience. However, what surprised me was the narrative journey that left me (like Tommy) not sure what to believe about what’s real or imagined. The book is so well-written, with characters that all feel very real and relatable. The authors have done such a good job at presenting Tommy and the others in a believable light, that when the unbelievable begins to happen, you are fully engaged and swept along for the ride! While the story may have some fantastical elements, what’s best about this book is how thoughtful a journey it is through a period of life that we all must go through. As the aforementioned 80’s kid, I thought I would be the target audience, but the experiences shared are truly timeless and universal. Although I did not experience many of the same specific things as Tommy, I could empathize with his plight because more importantly perhaps than the particulars, he’s dealing with a period we all face: the moments when the simplicities and wonders of childhood begin to give way to the often harsher realities the world offers as we grow up. It’s magical and inspiring to see Tommy take risks, make mistakes, and ultimately learn what’s important and how to hold on to the things that matter and carry them with you as you grow up into the person you wish to be. Tommy’s connection to the OoCC did not come across to me as a place for him to escape his troubles, but rather as a foundational element of his childhood innocence and understanding of good and bad; and the story does not involve him ”growing out of” it, but rather “growing from” it. There are shades of “The Neverending Story” as well as “The Wizard” and even “Scott Pilgrim”, but this story is original and a wonderful read that I can’t recommend enough to anyone with even a passing interest in anything I’ve said above. I read it all in a single day, as I didn’t want to put it down. And, I look forward to reading it again and again, as well as sharing with my own 13-year-old daughters, as I think they will get something enjoyable and meaningful out of it as well. Also, (here’s hoping!), this would translate into a wonderful film!
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