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When Tom's grandfather goes off the road, Tom is sure Gandy has gone mad. Tom knows that beyond the wall lies the Outside, a wild place filled with barbarians and unimaginable dangers. He also knows that Oldies are weak-minded. So Tom summons all his courage and goes after Gandy, who obviously doesn't know what he's doing. Or does he? Tom's experience in the strange, messy, emotional world Outside, where so many things prohibited to Insiders are taken for granted, quickly shakes all his certainties. Who is crazy,...
When Tom's grandfather goes off the road, Tom is sure Gandy has gone mad. Tom knows that beyond the wall lies the Outside, a wild place filled with barbarians and unimaginable dangers. He also knows that Oldies are weak-minded. So Tom summons all his courage and goes after Gandy, who obviously doesn't know what he's doing. Or does he? Tom's experience in the strange, messy, emotional world Outside, where so many things prohibited to Insiders are taken for granted, quickly shakes all his certainties. Who is crazy, the Oldies who are sent to the Memory Theme Park, or the families who let them go? Is the Wall meant to keep the Outsiders out, as Tom has always been told--or the Insiders in? Master storyteller Nina Bawden, known for stories in which secrets from the past emerge in the present, has created a spellbinding adventure set in a future society with secrets that make it a chilling mirror of our own.
Nina Bawden is the author of many acclaimed novels for adults and for young people. She lives in London and Greece.
In 2040, eleven-year-old Tom follows his grandfather through the Wall and into the forbidden Wild, where they seek to find his grandfather's boyhood home.
Posted January 13, 2006
In the book Off The Road by Nina Bawden, the main characters are Tom and his grandfather Gandy. Tom is 12 years old and lives with his mom Penny and his dad William in the Urb. This book takes place in the future where a wall has been constructed around the Urb, that is said to keep out barbarians, dragons, protects all of the people and trees that are alive. In the Urbs, there was no play or exercise and everything has been deodorized. All of the Urb residents were vegetarians and families had only one child. The region on the other side of the wall is called the ¿Outside¿. Gandy is 65 years old and is sent a letter by the Protectors that states that he is to go to a Memory Theme Park, permanently, that is, until he passes away. So when Tom¿s parents say they that they are going to an amusement park they are really dropping Gandy off at a retirement home. When they pull of the road to go to the bathroom, Gandy sneaks under the wall. Tom, fearing for Gandy¿s safety. follows him under the wire. He finds himself in another world where life is very different than where he comes from. Tom has heard stories about the dangers of the Outside. He finally catches up to Gandy, but Gandy is seen being talked to by three rangers. Tom fearing that they are barbarians he rams his head into the stomach of one of them. The ranger starts to laugh and tells Gandy and Tom that they have to go straight to the ranger¿s office, so that they can return home. Gandy ignored the ranger¿s request and he trudged on with Tom at his heels. They then meet Simon Watkins the local carrier, Postman, and News bearer and he agrees to take them to see Gandy¿s brother in Owlbury Hall. When they arrive at Owlbury hall they are greeted by Gandy¿s brother and all of his family. In his family they include all of Tom¿s first, second, and third cousins. Living with all of his cousins and their family¿s was hard at first because he had to learn a lot of new rules. First, in his world kids were respected the most, but in this world oldies (people past 60) were respected the most. So Tom had to help work on the fields, sine he wanted respect he worked till he couldn¿t work anymore. He gained respect from Gandy¿s brother and that made Tom proud. Then all of a sudden someone started screaming for m out of nowhere. It was his aunt Tess, and she couldn¿t find her youngest son Joshua. Tom decide to go look for Joshua at night and by luck he followed a mysterious person all around the city, then when he disappeared behind a hill, Tom was so tired that he fainted from exhaustion. When he awoke he found himself near a tree with Joshua close by. He then carried Joshua about a mile then got a lift from Simon Watkins. He then returned Joshua to Aunt Tess and slept. All of this time Tom was very homesick so he decided to go back home to Penny and William, but he didn¿t go alone. He was accompanied by his cousin Lizzie saying that she like his world ant wanted to check it out. So, they crawled under the wall and returned to his house on the inside of the wall. The main character of the book was Tom, who had lived his 12 years in the very protected Urb, and he suddenly found himself in the Outside while trying to rescue his grandfather. He struggled with understanding the rules of the Outside because in the Urb, children are respected the most while ¿Oldies¿, like Gandy, are sentenced to Memory Parks. Tom adjusted to life on the Outside, with the help of his cousin Lizzie and even became a hero by saving his baby cousin Joshua. The title of the book refers to Tom¿s adventures and the problems he faced in a very different world than the one that he was used to. By going ¿off the road¿, he was disobeying the laws of the ¿Inside¿ and he went beyond the limits of the hygienic and sanitary life that he knew, to another lifeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2005
I don't usually like sci fi books or books about the future, but I loved this book I read it in 3 days. I like this book becuase it is not so far fetched that you can't relate to it, and the characters are much like us except they are from the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2001
Tom leaves the safe world he has known on 'The Inside' when he slips under the electrified fence to try to bring back his grandfather. Life on 'The Outside' is not at all what he expects when he meets family he did not know existed. The ending is a nice twist. A thoroughly enjoyable book. If you liked 'The Giver' you will like this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2001