The Adventures of Toby Wey

The Adventures of Toby Wey by Gavin Scott is a coming-of-age tale of a young boy who struggles to find his place in the world. Reminiscent of Huck Finn, young Toby embarks on his way to make his own life after the dissolution of his family. Toby meets an eclectic group of friends and rivals while on the road. From Alistair, Dr. Sage, and Charles Dickens to George and Robert Stephenson. The story is divided into two parts; one is the history that historians put together based on documents found in a chest in an old attic. The second piece is about what is located in the chest’s false lid: Toby Wey’s diary.

My perspective of the book was that Toby’s greatest desire, above all else, is for knowledge. During his earlier years, he spent time with a friend named Jonathon. Jonathon and Toby become extremely close and spend most of their time in the library reading and sharing their interpretations of the stories. Later, he used his study of the Bible to work with Dr. Sage to learn about history. When he was around George and Robert Stephenson, Toby became interested in engineering and the construction of machines. He was always in pursuit of gaining more and more knowledge, and I loved that about Toby’s character.

The additional character’s flitted in and out of Toby’s life, but I still found all of them very well developed and engaging. I also really enjoyed that the author would preface most chapters with world events to keep the reader aware of the timeline. The Adventures of Toby Wey is an exceptional read. I think the dual perspective worked well in this case because it gave the reader a well-rounded view of Toby’s life. This book was overall a great read. It is a story about family, friends, love, adventure, and most of all, learning. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Toby’s life and look forward to reading more from Gavin Scott.

Pages: 430 | ASIN : B00275EWTQ

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