Tom's world was as small as his backyard with its tall chain-link fence, but it was as large as a boy's imagination. Blind since birth, this eleven-year-old boy would listen to the sounds of the world beyond his reach. In his mind's eye he became a ballplayer for the Boston Red Sox, a sidekick to the Lone Ranger, but the fence would remind him that his dreams and schemes of adventure would never come to pass. Until he decided to break out and experience the world. Tom Sullivan recounts with wicked wit and captivating clarity the hair-raising adventures of his eleventh year in 1950s New England...escaping from his blind school, relief pitching in the neighborhood league, and boxing in a backyard bout with the neighborhood bully.
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.
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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