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Tommy V Cancer

In today’s world there aren’t many of us who can say that we haven’t been affected by Cancer in one way or another. But, did you know that many people who are directly affected experience financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis?

This blog tour is to raise awareness and hopefully inspire donations to one such individual. The author Tommy Donbavand. Huge thanks go to the wonderful book bloggers that bought this tour together.

Tommy has been blogging about his experiences with honesty and humour and you can find the link to his blog, and links to donate, below:



Patreon Link:

Paypal Link:


The Man Himself


Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).


In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).


As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.

Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.





For each stop on the tour we could pick any book of Tommy’s to review, and there were plenty to choose from – check out his list of publications on Goodreads. There were two that caught my eye so I got them both on kindle.

Fang of the Vampire (Scream Street 1)


Yes, I went for the the first volume of his 14 book middle grade series Scream Street – I do love my supernatural tales of vampires and ghouls.

This book was lots of fun and I will be checking out the others – though due to the illustrations I think getting hold of print copies might be the best way forward.

Scream Street is a place that supernatural creatures are sent to avoid them being a problem to humans, so when Luke turns into a Werewolf, him and his human parents are sent there, with no way out. Not so fun for Mr and Mrs Watson who can barely stop trembling when in a room with their vampire neighbours. Scream Street is also controlled by the nasty landlord Otto Sneer who takes pleasure in confiscating people’s things…including the electricity.

Luke makes friends with a vampire, Resus Negative and a mummy, Cleo Farr and together they start a search for a way out of Scream Street. This trio is great together and get into a number of scrapes in this first book. There is a whole host of characters that kids and adults alike will enjoy – like the farting goblins and the very laid back zombie Doug.

Great for bedtime stories.


Ward 13 (Teen Reads)

Ward 13

I was intrigued by the synopsis of this one where a teen, Mark Jackson, ends up in hospital with a broken leg, after a skateboarding accident. Whilst there he notices that patients who don’t seem to have any relatives visiting, don’t seem to come back from surgery. As a boy in a group home Mark fits that description and his surgery is scheduled for the next day…

This story was only 49 pages, which I didn’t realise when I bought it but that is because it is aimed at teens who are still developing their reading skill. A bit like the new Quick Reads series. Plots relevant to that age group but with slightly less challenging language. There was a nice bit of suspense and I liked the two young characters. It also made me feel queasy – in a good way?! Tommy has written a few creepy books in this series.


Do let me know in the comments which book(s) of Tommy’s catch your eye and make sure you check out the rest of the blog tour (some of the stops are hosting a giveaway) and do come and join in Vivienne and Chelley’s twitter chat on Thursday 30th June 2016 8-9pm using the hashtag #TommyvsCancer

Tommy Tour 4


Coming Up – May – June 2016

A somewhat lengthy post (#sorrynotsorry) to let you know about some coming attractions!!!

I’ve joined the #bookstagram community and am having fun taking photographs of my collection – you can follow me here if you wish. The picture I’m happiest with so far is this one – thank you for that, Sunlight!

Blog Tours

Sat 7th May – Andy Briggs – The Inventory: Iron Fist (I’m so excited to share this interview with you). Check out this post by @daydreamin_star for handy links to the other stops on the tour.

Iron Fist blog tour banner


As part of the 2016 Debut Author’s Bash at I will be interviewing the following two authors. Check out the sign-up post here to see the amount of amazing authors (and their books) that will be taking part.

Fri 3rd June Jennifer Mason-Black ‘Devil and the Bluebird’

Sat 11th June  Kiran Millwood- Hargrave ‘The Cartographer’s Daughter’

Debut Banner copy


Sun 26th June – Tommy vs Cancer – I will be reviewing two of Tommy Donbavand’s books – Ward 13 and Scream Street 1: Fang of the Vampire – Tommy has cancer and this blog tour is designed to help support him pay his bills – check out one of his blog posts here and please consider donating. Do read the rest of the blog too. Thanks to @Serendipity_Viv and @daydreamin_star for organising.



I’ve done lots of reading and have some reviews to catch up on.

Just a note I’ve decided to leave star ratings off reviews though you can still see them on my Goodreads Profile if you are interested.

2016 Classics Challenge

Feb – The Art of Happiness/A Force for Good, Mar – 1984/Brave New World, Apr – Anne of Green Gables, May – The Handmaid’s Tale, June – The Catcher in the Rye

Our Shared Shelf

I’m a little behind on the Emma Waston feminist book club reads but have all the books I’ve not yet read on my May TBR pile

Jan – My Life on the Road, Feb – The Color Purple, Mar – all about love, Apr – How to be a Woman/Moranthology/Moranifesto, May – The Argonauts, June – TBC

2016 Most anticipated

So far I’ve read 9/16 books I was most looking forward to this year and will be reviewing:

Morning Star, How Hard Can Love Be?, The Sleeping Prince, 13 Minutes, Desolation, Geek Girl 5: Head Over Heels, Rebel of the Sands, Kindred Spirits and Mind Your Head.

YA Book Prize 2016 Shortlist

When the 10 books that made the shortlist were announced I was very happy to see that I’d already read 5 and owned an additional 3. Since then I’ve bought and listened to One! on audiobook so just have 1 to acquire and 4 left to read. This will be the first shortlist I WILL have finished reading before the prize is announced. I think as Melvin Burgess is getting a special prize I should really add Junk to my list too.

Book Boxes

I appear to be expecting 4 book boxes in May – oops – so I’ll share an unboxing and review of each one.

They are, in alphabetical order: Fairyloot, Illumicrate, My Bookish Crate and Owlcrate.


New Feature

Finally, in my interview with Andy Briggs I asked him a somewhat nasty question – which he very kindly answered and I’m thinking of making it a feature.

Repeat, Rewrite, Remove

The question is ‘Which of the Characters in your book would you Repeat, Rewrite, Remove and why?’

I’m looking for brave authors who’d like to explore this to get in contact – please use the form below.

Ummm – just realised it looks like I have a busy couple of months ahead. What have you got coming up?



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