I have been staring at my computer screen for the last ten minutes, trying to find the right words on how I can start this particular blog post. I mean, how can my words help? Honestly? They can’t do much except help spread awareness. TWG is part of a very special blog tour that has been organised for a very brave man named Tommy Donbavand, and his family. Tommy was diagnosed with throat cancer in March of this year, so this tour is to raise awareness for Tommy, his family, and the battle he is up against. Several of the tour stops are hosting giveaways and at the end of the tour on the 30th June between 8pm-9pm, Vivenne and Chelley will be hosting a Twitter chat. To get involved in any of the Tommy chat and discussions use the hashtag #tommyvcancer!
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).
In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films). As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister. Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.
Visit Tommy’s Website here.
Follow Tommy on Twitter here.
Another reason for the blog tour is to shout very loudly about Tommy’s books because, as mentioned above, he has written a number of books for the YA/child audience and I am about to tell you about just one of them! It was incredibly hard to choose a book to review for this tour as Tommy has written so many incredible books.
Buy Tommy’s books here.
‘ “AAAYYYOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW!” Stunned awake by piercing screeches from next door, Jamie, newly arrived in the neighbourhood, is certainly experiencing the scream in Scream Street. Favel has an infected tooth and Dr Skully fears the worst – the young banshee needs medicine, and fast! With the help of Luke, Resus and Cleo, Jamie must track down the ingredients for a life-saving remedy. But the four friends are dicing with death: if they’re not careful, Favel won’t be the only one biting the dust…’
I will hang my head in shame for a few seconds because I hadn’t read any of Tommy’s books until this tour! However, I had heard of them over the years, especially with the TV shows. I think ‘Scream Street: Wail of the Banshee’ has got a fantastic amount of detail with enough events throughout the story to keep young minds entertained! What is even better, is that this book is part of the Scream Street series, so once any YA/adults have finished reading this particular book, there is many more to choose from! ‘Scream Street: Wail of the Banshee’ has excitement and mystery running right the way through it. Nothing too scary but enough to make the mind wander. I may be 26 but it certainly made my mind wonder!
Tommy’s writing captures the essence of the story and the magic that is there in front of you if you look hard enough, and believe. The enthusiasm that he has incorporated through his own words, into the story, is mind-blowing. Because the book is intended for younger minds, although many adults will enjoy it I’m sure, Tommy has still managed to create a flurry of light-hearted fear within the story. If i’m honest, I never thought that was possible to do, but it is. The story even has skeletons, but he makes them funny skeletons. I am in awe of this man’s talent and I urge you to buy several of these books for your own children, or for any child that you know. If your child isn’t a bit reader, I am sure that will change once these books are read!
Thank you to Viv at Serendipity Reviews and Faye Rogers for allowing me to be involved in such a special tour. Thank you to all of The Writing Garnet’s readers for reading this post and supporting Tommy and his family at such a difficult time in their lives.
I will leave you with one more thing. TOMMY KICK CANCER’S BUTT. #TOMMYVCANCER!