Book Review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions
Sponsored | All opinions are our own
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Anthony J. Rapino and Anthony D. Grate
Ages 10+ | 392 Pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group | ISBN-13: 9781626349667
What to Expect: Coming of age, overcoming obstacles, friendships, family conflicts, and bullying.
Told with brutal honesty and insight into the problems of adolescence, Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions explores divorce, broken friendships, lost childhood, and bullying through the metaphor of comic book heroes and villains.
Tommy is having the worst summer. His parents have transitioned from fighting to separation. His best friend has ditched him for someone else and has topped off the betrayal by sabotaging his twelfth birthday party. The only ray of hope that Tommy can see is the contest. “Create your own OoCC character and win!” (p. 41).
Order of Cosmic Champions has been Tommy’s obsession for years, and he knows that if he can just win the contest, everything will be okay again. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t work the way comic books do. When things don’t go to plan, Tommy realizes it will take a different sort of imagination to decide who he will be in this new and strange reality called adolescence.
Although it is far from being an easy read, this is a novel that readers will be unable to put down. Tommy’s struggles for hope and joy despite the adult problems he shoulders are infectious. Readers will want to be aware that there is some profanity and violence in the story; nevertheless, the novel is both thought-provoking and uplifting and well worth the emotional investment.
Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions is a challenging but rewarding heart-warming coming-of-age novel.
Buy the Book
About Anthony J. Rapino
Anthony J. Rapino resides in 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 the story collection, Greetings from Moon Hill, are both available now.
About Anthony D. Grate
Anthony D. Grate 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 put pencil to paper and created 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.
Dedicated Reviews allow authors and illustrators to gain prompt visibility for their work. This is a sponsored, non-biased review of Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions. Learn more about getting a book review …
How You Support The Children’s Book Review
We may receive a small commission from purchases made via the links on this page. If you discover a book or product of interest on this page and use the links provided to make a purchase, you will help support our mission to ‘Grow Readers.’ Your support means we can keep delivering quality content that’s available to all. Thank you!
August 13, 2022 at 12:34PM Dr. Jen Harrison