I used to try hard to come up with books my little brother would read. He actually tried a few of them, but I can’t say I had a ton of success. One that I had given him that he enjoyed was called T Model Tommy by Stephen W. Meader. I’ve recently been trying to encourage his godchildren to read and when he objected to my latest suggestion, I was surprised when he said they ought to read T Model Tommy. He remembered the book in detail (it’s been at least 15 years since he read it) and was positive they would too. I looked online and original copies seem to be going for about $80. However, I was absolutely delighted to discover it’s back in print, courtesy of the Historical Construction Equipment Association. They seem to have as fond memories of it as my brother. They have reprinted it in softback for $20 and hardback for $35. See it here: http://store.hceastore.com/2514a.html
It’s the story of a young man named Tommy who rescues a Model T truck from the scrapyard in the 1930s. He restores the truck and eventually creates his own trucking business. It really speaks to all those who love mechanical things. I read it too (15 plus years ago) and I really enjoyed it. Please share the word it’s back in print.
UPDATE 2014: I just found that the new link I had here, while it still got you to Southern Skies, the company that currently has T-Model Tommy in print, it no longer brought up the link to all the authors books, so here is the direct link they now offer to T-Model Tommy. If for some reason it goes bad, please leave a comment so I know to search more and fix it. Or if it still gets you to Southern Skies, put T-Model Tommy in the search box and it should come up.
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