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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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)
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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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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 078522081X ISBN13 9780785220817
Availability 0 units.
More About Tom Sullivan
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."
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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.