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Adventures in Darkness: Memoirs of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy [Hardcover]

By Tom Sullivan (Author)
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In Adventures in Darkness, Tom Sullivan takes readers through the adventures of his monumental eleventh year. Blind since birth, Tom lived in a challenging world of isolation and special treatment. But he was driven to break out and live as sighted people do. This book is a hair-raising, heart-warming experience that culminates in Tom's reliance upon God to realize his dreams of a "normal" life.

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In Adventures in Darkness, Tom Sullivan takes readers through the adventures of his monumental eleventh year. Blind since birth, Tom lived in a challenging world of isolation and special treatment. But he was driven to break out and live as sighted people do. This book is a hair-raising, heart-warming experience that culminates in Tom's reliance upon God to realize his dreams of a "normal" life.

From Publishers Weekly
Sullivan, blind from birth, learned a lot at the Perkins School for the Blind. But as his 12th birthday approached, he desperately wanted to break out of his sheltered environment and live like other kids. His father, a hard-drinking Irish bookmaker and tavern owner, understood the boy's need to prove himself. So during the summer of 1959 he pushed his son to attempt the impossible pitching in a Little League game, boxing the neighborhood bully while Tommy took risks that appalled even his dad. Sullivan, an actor, musician and motivational speaker, knows how to spin a captivating yarn, and his can-do enthusiasm leaps off the page as he writes of "the unlimited capacity of the human imagination." Readers may wonder, however, if his talent for storytelling exceeds his recall: are there too many hair-raising but ultimately successful adventures for one short summer? Though an inspiring motivational book, especially for young readers, this is not remotely about "Tom's reliance upon God," as Nelson's marketing copy indicates. Sullivan learns to have faith in himself, not God, and the few lines of God talk in the last chapter and the epilogue sound like an afterthought. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Adventures in Darkness: Memoirs of an Eleven-Year-Old Blind Boy by Tom Sullivan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Foreword - 03/01/2007 page 59
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/16/2006 page 45
  • CBA Retailers - 12/01/2006 page 39


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  078522081X  
ISBN13  9780785220817  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Sullivan, who lost his sight as an infant, is an actor, singer, author, and producer. He has been nominated for Emmy awards and has written nine books for youths and adults. Betty White is an Emmy award-winning film and television actress whose diverse career has spanned sixty years. White is well-known for her advocacy for animal health and welfare - including her work with the Los Angeles Zoo - and is currently appearing as "Catherine Piper" on ABC's law comedy, Boston Legal."

Tom Sullivan was born in 1947.

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Seeing Childhood  Jan 28, 2007
Tom Sullivan has "seen" more in a lifetime of accomplishments than anybody I know (come on: how many folks do you know who've played Augusta, run the Marine Corps marathon, appeared on Carson, sold out Vegas, built a blessed family life ... you get the point). It's a breathtaking record that blows away the boundaries most of us assume apply to the lives of the blind or people with similar physical challenges. Adventures in Darkness is the story of seemingly smaller successes - it tells of his pivotal 11th summer, when Sullivan's fierce desire to experience life as a "normie" led him into a series of adventures that make for hilarious, uplifting and deeply affecting reading.

Every child has felt alone, misunderstood and deeply conscious of not belonging. For most of us, it's a transitory part of growing up that hopefully leaves us with humility and empathy as character traits, and shallow enough scars that we're in no way disfigured. We know that the blind experience entirely another level of separation. We know, but with the mixture of embarrassment about our own good fortune and an unwillingness to delve into anything that might sadden us, too often we may hesitate to pick a story about someone who lives with a disability. So here's the good news about Adventures in Darkness: it's a tremendously fun read.

Sullivan's tale will feel familiar to every reader, but it's his storyteller's artistry that has you racing through the book, connected to the common smells, milestones and challenges of growing up, and to the special sense of how indomitable this particular human spirit was and is. What separates Adventures in Darkness from the "up from the bootstraps" mainstream is that it is a good story, well told and from an unexpected perspective. Sullivan is blind; he will make you see. You'll see his deeply loving and disastrously damaged parents; and most of all, you'll see a real kid. Tom Sullivan, as a boy and as a man, has a crushing disability ... and he deals with it. With humor, without pretense, and acutely conscious of human limitations well beyond his blindness, Tom Sullivan makes us share his conviction that while he may have unusual talents and a frightening handicap, he is deeply connected to each of us.

At 11, in the summer that propels him into Adventures in Darkness, Tom Sullivan learns that each of us is independent, dependent, and interdependent. We are defined by what we bring to the world and how we deal with others, and the sighted no less than the blind find ourselves depending on others. It's a lesson of a lifetime, and you'll seldom find it more convincingly or enjoyably brought home.
 

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