Truckers (Bromeliad Trilogy Series #1)

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The first title in the hilarious fantasy trilogy about the nomes.

Reluctant to believe that there's a world outside the department store in which they live, Torrit, Dorcas, and the other nomes look to Masklin, a newly arrived "outsider," to lead them to a safe haven when the store goes out of business.

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The first title in the hilarious fantasy trilogy about the nomes.

Reluctant to believe that there's a world outside the department store in which they live, Torrit, Dorcas, and the other nomes look to Masklin, a newly arrived "outsider," to lead them to a safe haven when the store goes out of business.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British author Pratchett's first YA novel is a rollicking tale about a race of ``nomes''--little people who came from outer space and now live under the floorboards of a department store. Since the store is about to be demolished, the nomes must be convinced to move out, even though most of them don't believe in such a thing as Outside. After all, the store has ``Everything Under One Roof!'' In a story reminiscent of Mary Norton's The Borrowers , Pratchett has added distinctive touches of his own to the hilarious complications that ensue. One of the novel's greatest strengths is the depiction of the civilization the nomes have built for themselves, including an intricate religion based on advertising signs. hung in the store. Truckers is funny enough to warrant sequels (at least one more tale is promised), but a clearer resolution would have made this a more satisfying read. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly
Led by young Masklin, a small band of four-inch-tall nomes join a larger society of nomes living in a human department store. When they learn that the store is to be destroyed, rival factions come together to find safety, and learn the surprising truth about their origins. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Originally published in 1989, this first book in the Bromeliad Trilogy traces the experiences of a group of nomes struggling for survival. Masklin, the novel's hero, and his band of other nomes live in the wild world of humans just outside a convenience store located along the highway and frequented by semi-trucks. Their difficult life inspires them to go in search of something better. They hop a truck and they are dropped off in a department store inhabited by more nomes than they ever believed existed. These store nomes, however, possess a limited vision of reality and do not believe in the world beyond the walls of the store. After all, their sacred text notes that their maker, Arnold Bros. (est. 1905), created a place that contains "All Things Under One Roof." Masklin and his crew find themselves in a community rife with conflict, as each department is run by a different group hell bent on maintaining its status. When the nomes learn that the store is soon to go out of business, they are forced to trust Masklin in the formation of a plan that requires a daring escape and leap of faith. Filled with wry humor that calls into question the nomes' blind faith in Arnold Bros. (est. 1905), the novel encourages readers to ponder the larger issues of truth in their own lives. Inclusions of the sacred text lend authenticity to the struggles faced by the nomes as they wonder about their fate in the eyes of their master. 2004, HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Ages 12 to 17.
—Wendy Glenn, Ph.D.
ALA Booklist
“A wry tongue-in-cheek fantasy…which unhesitatingly lampoons the ingrained habits and complacent attitudes found in any society.”
Lloyd Alexander
“Terry Pratchett has created a wild adventure, a fable, a fantasy, an elegant satire.”– Lloyd Alexander
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"Catapulted the reader into (a) world of complete and absorbing fantasy."
"A brilliant adventure story that'll make you laugh out loud."
Young Telegraph
The Horn Book
“Fascinating and funny.”
“Witty, funny, wise and altogether delightful.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552140058
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Series: Bromeliad Trilogy Series, #1
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.


Welcome to a magical world populated by the usual fantasy fare: elves and ogres, wizards and witches, dwarves and trolls. But wait—is that witch wielding a frying pan rather than a broomstick? Has that wizard just clumsily tumbled off the edge of the world? And what is with the dwarf they call Carrot, who just so happens to stand six-foot six-inches tall? Why, this is not the usual fantasy fare at all—this is Terry Pratchett's delightfully twisted Discworld!

Beloved British writer Pratchett first jump-started his career while working as a journalist for Bucks Free Press during the '60s. As luck would have it, one of his assignments was an interview with Peter Bander van Duren, a representative of a small press called Colin Smythe Limited. Pratchett took advantage of his meeting with Bander van Duren to pitch a weird story about a battle set in the pile of a frayed carpet. Bander van Duren bit, and in 1971 Pratchett's very first novel, The Carpet People, was published, setting the tone for a career characterized by wacky flights of fancy and sly humor.

Pratchett's take on fantasy fiction is quite unlike that of anyone else working in the genre. The kinds of sword-and-dragon tales popularized by fellow Brits like J.R.R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis have traditionally been characterized by their extreme self-seriousness. However, Pratchett has retooled Middle Earth and Narnia with gleeful goofiness, using his Discworld as a means to poke fun at fantasy. As Pratchett explained to Locus Magazine, "Discworld started as an antidote to bad fantasy, because there was a big explosion of fantasy in the late '70s, an awful lot of it was highly derivative, and people weren't bringing new things to it."

In 1983, Pratchett unveiled Discworld with The Color of Magic. Since then, he has added installments to the absurdly hilarious saga at the average rate of one book per year. Influenced by moderately current affairs, he has often used the series to subtly satirize aspects of the real world; the results have inspired critics to rapturous praise. ("The most breathtaking display of comic invention since PG Wodehouse," raved The Times of London.) He occasionally ventures outside the series with standalone novels like the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, a sci fi adventure sequence for young readers, or Good Omens, his bestselling collaboration with graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, in 2008 fans received the devastating news that Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He has described his own reaction as "fairly philosophical" and says he plans to continue writing so long as he is able.

Good To Know

Pratchett's bestselling young adult novel Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted for the British stage as a critically acclaimed musical in 2004.

Discworld is not just the subject of a bestselling series of novels. It has also inspired a series of computer games in which players play the role of the hapless wizard Rincewind.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Pratchett:

"I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat…colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up."

"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener and it's in the blood. Grew really good chilies this year.

"I'm not really good at fun-to-know, human interest stuff. We're not ‘celebrities', whose life itself is a performance. Good or bad or ugly, we are our words. They're what people meet.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence David John Pratchett
    2. Hometown:
      Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
    1. Education:
      Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Fun story by a great author

    This is a fun story about a group of "nomes" who live (in hiding) in a department store and must escape to "Outside" when they discover the store is closing. We loved Terry Pratchett's other books for children/young adults, particularly The Wee Free Men on audio as read by Stephen Briggs. This one is similarly clever and tongue-in-cheek to please Pratchett fans, but I would say not his best. This audio version is, I think, from the UK and is a bit disconcerting because it starts with no introduction or anything, and ends just as abruptly. Still, the cassettes were in fine shape and the reader was reasonably good. We enjoyed this on a recent car trip (kids ages 8-12) and would recommend it, just would recommend Pratchett's other work even more highly.

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  • Posted April 5, 2015

    Fun fantasy for children The nomes live parallel with us humans.

    Fun fantasy for children
    The nomes live parallel with us humans. they are only four inches (10cm) tall. Masklin is the leader of a group nomes and he convinces them to leave their home and go into the Outside as their numbers are dwindling and it is becoming harder to find food. This tells of their adventures, how they meet other Nomes and the further adventures that ensue as he has to help them escape from their doomed home. Intrigued about what happens next? Well, you’ll just have to read this hilarious book to find out!

    This is told from the point of view of the Nomes and it is great to read how they interpret the human world. Their interactions with other animals, including humans, their fascination with humans and the way in which the author makes the characters and their surroundings so believable make this a great book for children. His wacky sense of humour and love of fantasy are evident throughout the story. I believe this story was originally released on September 21st, 1989.

    Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

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    Oh, I love The Little¿s. I used to watch this show and wished th

    Oh, I love The Little’s. I used to watch this show and wished that my house had these little people living among the walls. I remembered leaving items out hoping that they would sneak out while I wasn’t looking and snag them up and take them back inside their homes. Pieces of string, match boxes, my Barbie cups, pieces of foil and snippets of fabric were all placed in a pile; these were my offerings I hoped to give to my new friends who never did make an appearance at my house.
    As I read part of this book at school one afternoon, it brought back childhood memories and I wanted to see what happened to my nome friends who reminded me so much of The Littles. I loved how it made me think about how something I can do easy and natural can become so difficult and time-consuming: each activity thought out step-by-step. Yet, for the nomes being small has its advantages also. The nome population is dwindling and four-inch high Masklin has been left in charge as the younger generation has left, in search of a better location. Time is passing, the group has not returned and Masklin decides it’s time that this group leaves their current location. It’s a big feat as moving a group of nomes is not easy and the arguing as already begun. They are delighted when they find another group of nomes, this group has settled into The Store. The Store, who wouldn’t love to live in The Store; the place that holds everything and has lots to see and hear. There are two issues with this new group of nomes, the first being that they know nothing about the world outside The Store and second, The Store is being torn down and both groups must now find another place to live. These nomes have lots of different ideas on how to approach their new dilemma but denial will get them nowhere. They must all leave before the walls come down. It’s a great adventure and very entertaining story.
    The books! So many books, so little time. I loved this part of the book. The Store has lots of books at their disposal and the nomes realize that they are all filled with knowledge, knowledge that they will need to survive outside The Store. The nomes start to get frantic, they realize they can’t let this wisdom go to waste, it is their insight on how important these books are to their survival, that the nomes try different ways to find a solution to the book matter. It’s comical but they are clever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Definitely worth the money

    A hilarious novel about nomes who live in a department store. Some of this hilarity involves the seemingly dydlexic four inch tall nomes plotting to use a gnu( not a typo) to threaten humans and wondering why there isn't a sign to say the road doesn't work instead of " road works ahead". Great book and definitely worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014


    These books are great! I'm a frog! .-.mipmip.-.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012


    This is a very good book

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