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Timothy Other's birthplace has always been a mystery. 12 year-old Timothy lives at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage where he was abandoned as an anonymous infant. Timothy’s world crumbles when the orphanage is repossessed by the bank and comes under the strict rule of the horrid Mr. Sterner and the scaly-skinned Ms. 'Fishy' Finn. He escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage andTimothy Other's birthplace has always been a mystery. 12 year-old Timothy lives at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage where he was abandoned as an anonymous infant. Timothy’s world crumbles when the orphanage is repossessed by the bank and comes under the strict rule of the horrid Mr. Sterner and the scaly-skinned Ms. 'Fishy' Finn. He escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage and travels to the bizarre world of Marzipan Mountain, where he befriends some amazing creatures. Timothy seeks to discover his true origins and becomes embroiled in a matter of life and death, facing the evil forces that crave the secret of 'Golden Life'....

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Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain Reviews

  • Linda Todd
    2018-11-13 20:44

    A truly yummy story I couldn't put it down. I would give more than 5 stars if I could. A fabulous book that was wonderfully written the characters are imaginative and wonderful . & fun. This book is truly a outstanding piece of literature my heart felt thanks to the author L. Sydney Abel & my thanks for the privilege and pleasure of reading this wonderful book I would be very happy to recommend this wonderful book to my friends so happy reading to all and keep smiling from wee me. xxx♥

  • Aly
    2018-11-23 19:08

    I think this book is great for the imagination! This book is great for any age and I would read more from this author. This author was great at taking me to a different world all in my living room. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2018-11-29 23:53

    Timothy Other The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain.Timothy Other's birthplace has always been a mystery. 12 year-old Timothy lives at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage where he was abandoned as an anonymous infant. Timothy’s world crumbles when the orphanage is repossessed by the bank and comes under the strict rule of the horrid Mr. Sterner and the scaly-skinned Ms. 'Fishy' Finn. He escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage and travels to the bizarre world of Marzipan Mountain, where he befriends some amazing creatures. Timothy seeks to discover his true origins and becomes embroiled in a matter of life and death, facing the evil forces that crave the secret of 'Golden Life'.A very enjoyable read with some great characters. There was some characters i didn't like. 5*. Tbc on fb.

  • Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
    2018-12-11 18:49

    Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.From a captivating and really sweet beginning this story turns into one that is filled with adventure, puzzles and mysteries, and a lot of other elements that are a combination of magical, bizarre, and delightful.The narrative is interesting, it is cryptic and elusive, with tiny tit bits dropped throughout that pique your interest. The tone is light and casual, conversational almost like that of a storyteller, but it soon settles into an almost regular narrative style while still maintaining its deliberate style. There are also multiple points of view which allow an understanding of all angles and character intentions, both good and bad, and Abel makes use of these nicely to propel the story along.Characters are interesting, unique in their own way, and a mix of quirky, eccentric, and strange with a few stereotypical figures like jolly cooks and maternal housekeepers, but Abel has them in a place that suits them, and makes it a nice environment. There are some darker characters who are not just mean but a tad threatening, but there is restraint in their behaviour and while the actions can be quite dark, Abel doesn't make it too disturbing.Plot wise there were a few odd things that were explained strangely or just accepted, even with a magical reasoning. Though this does add to the quirky and mysterious nature of the story, and while it feels like a few things haven't been answered as much as you'd like, it doesn't affect the story too much. Where the story shines is towards the end when after all the dropped hints and secrets and puzzles Abel does a great job of bring the story to a close, solving many of the riddles and offering wonderful surprises while still hinting at further adventures. I wouldn't call this a Young Adult book; it is more down the Junior Fiction 10-13-year-old bracket, though admittedly not unenjoyable for older readers. There is adventure and mystery, with fantasy mixed in but there is also a sweet story as well. There is a slight paranormal element but it is pleasant rather than scary, and coupled with the magical and fantasy components it works really well.Overall it is nice, complex and delightfully cryptic with secrets to reveal and a fun bunch of characters in a detailed but not over the top adventure story.A longer version of this review was published on my blog

  • Just_me
    2018-12-09 19:59

    I really wanted to love this book. The description sounded great and The premise of the story is fantastic but I am concerned about the age group it's aimed at.My 12 and 13 year old boys would have had an initial interest due to the subject being a 12 year old orphan boy who when mistreated runs away, goes on to have an adventure, meets new friends, before finding his way home to faces his enemy's and live happy ever after. But the first few chapters would have annoyed them straight away with the condescending narrator - luckily this narrator disappears after the first 3rd of the book. Secondly, although fun and imaginative, Timothy's friends are come across as completely unbelievable and excessive.My 8 year old daughter would enjoy this story, although it would need to be edited to suit her age. I was actually angry when the book stated that Father Christmas wasn't real and was glad I read it to myself before I read it to her. She would love the giant mouse and butterfly, she would also be championing Bergerov - the lonely protector. The use of language would also fit her age with descriptions such the biggerty blackbirds and ticky soffee puddings. She would also love the two Olives and their caring manner and the descriptive orphans christmas would have her bouncing about.So I have a dilemma. The premise of the book is great but when aimed at an YA audience it doesn't work but it also doesn't work for the 8-11 category without editing. I so don't want to overly criticise this book as with a few tweaks it could be great.

  • Sarahkmartinuk
    2018-12-10 21:07

    I promised the author that I would read this book and review it a couple of months ago and to be honest I put it on my to read pile and forgot about it. The author got in touch last week and I finally picked it up and began to read it. I absolutely loved this book! Which surprised me somewhat as my usual read is horror and thrillers. Right from the start it had me hooked reminding me of the great childhood books such as Alice in Wonderland and the many great books by Roald Dahl. I loved the names of the characters in the story and enjoyed a chuckle to myself with the imagery that they created. I did get a little confused over how Cordelia was related to the original owner of the house but eventually fathomed it out. I hope there will be a sequel to this book.A really great read for both children who are competent readers and adults alike and I would most definitely recommend. My only criticism is the title as it does not convey how good the book is. Sorry I haven't got a suggestion for a different one but it just doesn't seem to do it justice!

  • Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
    2018-12-03 20:48

    Published: 2/10/2014Author: L. Sydney AbelRecommended for: Young AdultsEdition: KindleThis is the sort of novel that will stretch your imagination and make it grow further. When reading this book it took me to a completely different world altogether, it was very hard to stop reading it kept drawing me back too it. I thought that it was incredibly well written by a very talented author. It has great characters who are all well described and realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

  • Maxine
    2018-12-09 23:47

    I was given this book by the author for an honest review.I really tried with this book and I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get through it.I read 60% of it but had to give up. This could be a really good book, and I loved the story - but it needs a really ruthless edit. The characters are great, well formed and vivid, but there is far too much description. It needs to be cut down by at least half.I think that the author is afraid to trust his writing to convey the story, and so feels he must explain every aspect of the tale.

  • Della Rainey
    2018-12-02 00:09

    Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain is a great fantasy story. It's written well and the descriptive storyline absorbs you and transports you into a world of loss, heartache, friendship and loyalty, deceit, magic and hope. I really enjoyed the escapism and getting to know the characters. A very enjoyable read.

  • Emma
    2018-11-22 22:44

    Lovely story of an orphan boy on an fantastical adventure!Full review here‪Screen Wipe... TV ,MOVIE and BOOK Review: Timothy Other- The Boy who Climbed Marzipan Mounta...‬

  • Hobart
    2018-12-04 22:54

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---A nameless boy is left at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage (and don't think I didn't have to concentrate really hard not to flip those two every time I read/wrote the name) and is named Timothy Other -- which is not the most interesting name in the book, trust me -- where he spends the first twelve years of his life happy, healthy (insanely so) and cared for. Until the man who ran the orphanage dies and the bank takes ownership of the mortgaged-to-the-hilt facility. The people that take it over might as well have been Miss Hannigan and Dolores Umbridge.Not surprisingly, Timothy wants something else in his life, runs away -- and straight out of Candide ends up at Marzipan Mountain (his name for it); befriending a giant mouse, caterpillar and Sasquatch-like creature; and on the trail of his birth parents (something he learns much later); and a way to rescue the orphanage. Meanwhile, back home we learn about the nefarious schemes that are behind the takeover of the orphanage and the various motivations behind them.Some of the subject matter and way it's depicted seem a little more "adult," dark or whatever than is acceptable for kids' literature. On the whole (there might be a line or two I wouldn't defend), this is silly and doesn't give kids enough credit. It also ignores the history of these kind of books -- from Lewis Carroll and J. M. Barrie to Rowling and Gaiman -- kids can handle this stuff if presented right. Frequently better than adults can.Eventually, Timothy and one of his new friends come back home to save the day, right wrongs, and give many the happy ending you expect given the genre and setup. There's a bit of redemption, a bit of justice, and a lot of hope and love at work here -- Dreams and Hopes, I guess you could say, as these various characters pursue the Golden Life and launch Timothy on further adventures in the sequel(s). All the makings of a good introductory novel for a series.There's a nice hat-tip to another British children's fantasy series that should tickle everyone who catches it -- and mean nothing at all to those who don't.With each major character (and most of the minor) there's a moment or two, a couple of lines, or a scene that doesn't seem to fit with what we've been told/seen about the character. It'd take too much space to illustrate this, but when you get to that scene (and you'll recognize it just about every time), just shake it off and move on, Timothy or Edwin or Itling or whoever will get back to themselves soon.I had a hard time nailing down the feel of this one, there's sort of a fairy-tale feel to it. Not Grimm Brothers' fairy-tale, but the warm-fuzzy kind (with a hint of the other), like J. K. Rowling-light. Even a dash Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle at the beginning. Later on, it morphs into a Neil Gaiman-esque children's book feel. Now, Abel never quite hits the Rowling/MacDonald/Lewis/Gaiman tone exactly -- which is good, he's doing his own thing, but it's in those ballparks. The one thing that would help his tone is a bit more economy of words -- he takes a few too many to pull of the whimsy, the sense of play, that he seems to be going for. Actually, that goes for pretty much the book as a whole -- Abel could've trimmed just about everything a bit. It's a slow read, which is not necessary a bad thing, I've got nothing against them. But I think it works against what he's trying to do and I think I have a little more patience than the target audience would. I'm not saying it needs to be a hundred pages shorter -- but it could read a little smoother, quicker. Really -- how many people noticed the length of Goblet of Fire? You didn't because of the way it was written (not just the exciting parts, either).I want to be clear, I'm not saying the writing isn't good -- but the pacing and language are so close to being very good, the fact that he misses the target by a little emphasizes the fact that he missed it. This is a winsome and charming book that should enchant younger readers, if they just give it the opportunity. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for this post/my honest thoughts. I'd like to thank him for the book and for his patience, I took far too long with this.

  • Sue Clement
    2018-12-08 18:57

    Gosh where to start. This book made my head hurt. I could imagine it on the big screen with all its colours, talking caterpillars, large mice and a blue boy! However as a story I just couldn't follow it. I wanted to give up from page one but my heart went out to the young 12 year old Timothy and the children of Hopes and dreams. I imagine if this book was read to a young child at bedtime they would have amazing dreams but as an adult who likes to read my books quickly within 3 days my head was spinning. My review doesn't do the authors writing style justice though as it was so well written with excellent use of language throughout.

  • Book Gannet
    2018-11-12 21:01

    This book is definitely one for the boys, ages 10 and up, and for confident readers. I say this because although the chapters are nice and short, there are over fifty of them and the book itself is over 350 pages – which is a lot if you’re not J K Rowling. Almost all the characters are male too, apart from a couple of stereotypical motherly older women (one a cook, the other the housekeeper), and one of the villains, the Fishy Ms Finn.There’s plenty of humour to be found, though I’ll admit I felt the T.W. Itling joke was hammered into the ground and Edwin was pretty annoying, but Timothy is a fun character for the most part, usually upbeat and interesting.However, I definitely think this book is too long – not just because of the high page count either. One of my main issues is that Timothy doesn’t actually do anything. He’s not the hero. He’s just a character that we follow around for most of the story, who gets into interesting scrapes from which others rescue him. The actual action takes place back around the orphanage with T.W sorting through Timothy’s history, first on the orders of the nasty Mr Sterner, then to fend of the again nasty Mr Hargreaves, then on the orders of the two Olives and finally because he wants to protect Timothy.Meanwhile Timothy is busy climbing into removal vans, crawling out of crashed planes, befriending giant talking creatures while walking up a mountain for absolutely no reason. Then he comes home again. That really is all he does. There are a few mysteries along the way, but they’re not really answered by the end. Stuff just happens. More than half the book is taken up by the adults, which as a child I think I would have found quite boring. As an adult I found Timothy’s little excursion pretty pointless. A child should be the hero in a children’s book. Imagine if Lupin had rescued Sirius while Harry just stood by and watched?On the whole this is a readable book with some likeable characters, plenty of unlikeable ones and a plot that unfolds slowly and ponderously. At the start I thought we’d get to know more of the orphans and quite looked forward to it, but we don’t. We get Timothy, a giant mouse and Edwin who… well, you’ll have to see for yourself what Edwin is. I think I would have liked it more if Timothy’s mother had been allowed a personality beyond that of the beautiful one everyone fell in love with, and Ms Finn hadn’t been permanently judged on her looks (T.W. decides she’s pretty, so she must be worth saving despite the horrible way she behaves). Sterner and Hargreaves also overlapped too much in the villain stakes and Mr Penny didn’t leave enough of a mark for me to have been as important as he seemed.It’s not a bad book, but I didn’t find it very memorable either. In all it’s okay, but definitely more aimed at boys than girls.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Tony Parsons
    2018-11-16 22:59

    Timothy (12) abandoned as a infant now lives at the Dreams & Hopes Orphanage (D & HO) run by Mr. Nigel Penny. Mrs. Tidy (house-keeper) & Mrs. McDuffie (cook) were employeed there. Other children were: Marmalade Peel (1, orphan girl), Tony Plaster (deaf, orphan boy), Helen Earth (orphan girl), Belle Scrubwood (orphan girl), & the newest arrival Timothy Other (10, orphan boy). Mr. Nigel Penny was told by Mr. T.W. Itling (Four Farthings branch bank mgr.) the bank no longer would renew the loans on the property of Dreams & Hopes Orphanage.Forclosure/repossessed.Mr. Thomas Itling was giving Mr. Maxwell Sterner (property developer) a ring.Ms. Cordelia “Fishy” Finn (daughter, Flint’s niece) now looked over the Dreams & Hopes Orphanage what was left of it.Edwin (caterpillar) & Leopold (Giant mouse) were observing the Gigantic Blackbird wreckage close by Marzipan Mountain.Timothy had been on the plane, but by some miracle he survived.Later Edwin, Leopold & Timothy become quite good friends. What is the Eye-Ripper-Outer Edwin & Leopold keep referring to? Will Timothy finally learn of his past?What were Mr. Steven Hargreaves & Mr. Penny discussing? What happened to Leopold?Timothy was going to miss Marzipan Mountain.His mind was made up. He, Borgerov (solicitor) & Edwin were off to Dreams & Hopes Orphanage (D & HO).The 3 of them took the Iron Worm.What was Ms. Cordelia “Fishy” Finn up to?What did Mr. Thomas Itling speak to Mr. Maxwell Sterner about?What is the Golden Life?Timothy received a letter from his mom, what did it say?I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written MS age-up fairy tale adventure book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great fairy tale adventure movie, animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. A easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Teresa
    2018-12-07 23:11

    Title: Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan MountainAuthor: L. Sydney AbelPublisher: Speaking Volumes, LLCISBN: 9781628152968 Buy Link: http://speakingvolumes.mybigcommerce....Reviewer: Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb:Timothy Other's birthplace has always been a mystery. 12 year-old Timothy lives at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage where he was abandoned as an anonymous infant. Timothy’s world crumbles when the orphanage is repossessed by the bank and comes under the strict rule of the horrid Mr. Sterner and the scaly-skinned Ms. 'Fishy' Finn. He escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage and travels to the bizarre world of Marzipan Mountain, where he befriends some amazing creatures. Timothy seeks to discover his true origins and becomes embroiled in a matter of life and death, facing the evil forces that crave the secret of 'Golden Life'. Total Score: 5/5Summary:Timothy may have started life as an orphan, but his life at Dreams and Hopes Orphanage was as happy as can be. Mr. Penny and the other people working their loved and cared for each child as their own. That was until the day Mr. Penny died leaving the children at the hands of the new owners who only wanted them gone New new caretaker Mrs. Finn was not only heartless, but took pleasure in forcing the children to do her bidding or face the consequences. Timothy's refusal to right bad things about the former owner and staff led him to spending many hours in the windowless room where she put all her “bad” children. One day Timothy hd the chance to escape and took it. What he didn't know was that one decision would lead him on an adventure to far away places that would give him answers to his past that in the end would lead him home. This was a wonderful story filled with plot twists, adventure, friends form unexpected places, but most important love. Timothy's life would never be the same his past was revealed through his new friends bringing happiness to all those around him. Mrs. Tide and Mrs. McDuffie 's love, understanding, Acceptance, and most important constant hugs gave the children all the happiness they needed. Mr. Penny's open door policy to help all the children is as it should be in all such agencies. I for one will be waiting for the release of Timothy Other: the Marzipan Mountain Promise.

  • Tonja Drecker
    2018-11-26 22:10

    When I read the title, I had to read this book, not for a logical reason though. Simply the idea of Marzipan Mountain and the beautiful cover page did said, one never knows what grabs the attention.This is a story chucked full of fantasy, not the magic throwing/dragon flying type, but honest to goodness magic of the lovely child type sort. There are fantastical creatures, but the characters, mystery, friendships and delightful life messages thrown in make this so much more. I was captured up into the book from the very first pages by the fantastic narration and writing. It's humorous and pulls right in with just the perfect twist on names, actions and details, reminding a bit of Dahl or Snicket.The characters are well done, each with their own personality and purpose, and it's impossible not to fall in love with a few of them. The story is told from several view points, which seems to get a little muddled in the middle, but by the end, the purpose of the different directions becomes clear. There's simply so much involved--a little mystery, a little fantasy, a little friendship and danger. In many ways, it pulls elements from genres together and molds them into a delightful tale kids ages 10+ are sure to enjoy.One of the things I appreciated about this tale was the slight sense of darkness. Timothy is not a perfect character of roses and sunshine but has his sharp corners. But this suits him just fine and makes him easier to sympathize with. After all, the story does have to go somewhere. There are some harsher comments and moments too, which might bother some (quick mention of throat slitting), but it's by no means concentrated on or taken to a degree inappropriate for the intended audience. I found the sayings and thoughts often very meaningful and simply a delight to read. They are worded in such a way which is fun to read, but still, makes one stop to think because the messages are deeper than they first appear.Summed up, this is a lovely tale with tons of delicious magic, fantasy and mystery. It's the type of adventure kids can fall into and get lost in. Humor abounds in subtle details, creating the perfect balance for the more darker corners. In other words, I can highly recommend this to kids ages 10+.

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-11-15 23:03

    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).(This review may contain spoilers).I found this book to be a really entertaining read. Although I felt it was aimed more at a younger audience, that didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the book.I thought the writing style was interesting, with the sense I was being told the story by the author. It was also interesting to see that there was a mix of different genres. Although there was a lot going on, I didn't find myself getting confused very much.I would have liked to be able to see more of the different children in the orphanage. It wasn't until towards the end that I was given the opportunity to see a few more of the children.I really liked Edwin. Even though he was a bit dim at times in the book, I felt sorry for him and I didn't think he was treated very nicely at times. I also thought it was interesting to see parts of the story from Leopold's and Edwin's POV. It was quite amusing to see how they viewed things like planes.While it was interesting to be able to see what was going on back at the orphanage at times, I did get a bit thrown by how fast the scenes kept changing. I also found it difficult to see many of the other characters as a bit more well-rounded.I did think the plot of this book had quite a unique spin to it. I wasn't sure I particularly liked the two Olives for a while, since they didn't seem to fight very hard to stay with the children. I did like Mr. Penny, even if I didn't get to see a lot of him.I liked the slight element of mystery and there were quite a few bits of tension in this book. I found it easy to read and it did succeed in drawing me in. I thought that Timothy in particular was a well-rounded character... but Edwin was especially amusing, even if he was a bit pitiful at times.I found that Thomas's character did grow on me, even though I didn't like him at first. It was good to see how the plots connected to each other and although I don't think parts of this book are suitable for young children, I think older children might get something out of it. In the future, I expect I'll be happy to read more books by this author.

  • WordsAPlenty
    2018-11-28 23:04

    WordsAPlenty was given a copy of this book by L. Sydney Abel in exchange for an honest review.Timothy Other was left on the doorstep of the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage like so many before him. Timothy never remembered the touch of his mother’s gentle caresses or love in her eyes, nor that of his father. Instead he had Mr. Penny, Mrs. Tidy and Mrs. McDuffie and all the kids at the Orphanage to love and love him back. Until Dreams and Hopes is repossessed by the bank and becomes the property of Mr. Sterner.The good times came to an abrupt end with the arrival of Ms. “Fish Face” Finn and Mr. Sterner. Timothy had an idea and took off on his own. Smuggling aboard a plane, Timothy set forth on what he believed and hope to be an exciting adventure.Timothy looked at this Christmas Cake shape and his eyes grew wider with a realization of fate. “Marzipan Mountain!” he cried outright and without hesitation. “I’m going to Marzipan Mountain.”Little did he know that this was just the beginning; and little did anyone else know how Timothy and his friends would change their lives!Sydney Abel has written a captivating story for children ages 10 and up. He captures their fears and inquisitiveness accurately and reminds his readers of what it was like to be a child. The ease in which children can make friends, have hope and teach others to love unconditionally.His story flowed smoothly while building his characters and suspense. His dialog was realistic and fun. He strongly developed the characters so that they too became realistic and connected with his readers. Abel’s audience was able to grow their like/dislike for the appropriate characters without confusion.I enjoyed this book as it was fun and explored the different feelings and emotions children experience and sometimes adults. I read a few passages to my grandchildren and they loved Edwin and Leopold but Boregov was their favorite! They hoped that Boregov or the “Hairy Eye-Ripper-Outer” finds his family and meets new friends.WordsAPlenty gives this author a 5 star review for this book for creativeness and connecting with his audience.

  • Erica
    2018-11-12 17:02

    Timothy is an orphan whose world is turned upside down when his caretaker passes away and the orphanage falls to an unsavory headmistress. He runs away to find adventure, and himself.This is a wonderful story with some delightful characters, and beautifully written passages. Marzipan Mountain has a Wonderland feel to it, complete with magic berries (that make animals grow large and smart), and imaginative scenery that can sometimes be deceptive. I enjoyed a glimpse at this world, especially seen through the eyes of a child. Timothy is a wonderful character, brave and intelligent, but not going overboard in his heroics. His companions Leopold, Edwin, and Borgerov were wonderful additions, and I enjoyed their banter. I must also say that Edwin the caterpillar’s transformation was nicely done.I will say that though there isn’t any graphic violence or inappropriate content, I felt there were almost two intertwining stories here. Timothy’s trip to the mountain and his subsequent chapters are perfectly suited to a middle grade audience, ages eight and above. The scenes featuring adults seemed almost too adult at times in their themes. For example, Itling’s burning desire for Ms Finn, phrases such as “living hell,” loveless marriages and affairs. These things are alluded to but aren’t overly detailed, so most younger readers won’t entirely understand it. But I felt like there were two adjoining stories, one for the adults, and one for the kids, all within the same book. However, that makes it suitable to a much wider audience. I just felt a little awkward reading certain passages with the knowledge that this is a middle grade book.With supernatural elements, and a Dolores Umbridge style villain (among others), I found this to be quite entertaining. I also found many of the phrases to be quite beautiful: “Our bodies are gone but our love remains, eternally whispering amidst the trees.” I enjoyed reading this one very much.I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • M.E. Hembroff
    2018-11-28 00:06

    This is an unusual and exciting story about Timothy Other's adventure. Timothy lived in an orphanage and his life changed when the owner Mr. Penny died of a heart attack and the place is placed under new management. Timothy had enough and decided to run away when he sees a load of furniture sitting outside of the doctor's residence. The furniture is loaded onto a cargo airplane that crashes in route.When Timothy scrambles out of the wreckage he makes a couple of unusual friends, a giant caterpillar, Edwin, and a four foot mouse, Leopold, that talk. When Timothy looks around he has no idea where he is but sees a mountain that looks like a Christmas cake and decides to climb it. He sets off with his new friends but unknown to them they are being followed by a big furry beastie. When they reach the narrow ledge near the top Timothy falls after being banged on the head by some falling rocks. The mouse tries to save him but is unsuccessful and falls. The large furry beastie comes quickly to the rescue and saves Timothy but can't catch the mouse. Timothy makes friends with the beastie who also talks.While on the mountain Timothy hears a story about Mr. Penny and learns that he is his uncle. As the story concludes Timothy learns things about where he was from and who he is.While Timothy spends time on the mountain with his new friends another part of the story unfolds when the bank manager starts to look into Timothy's past and who his parents really were. A man meets with the bank manager requesting permission to open the safety deposit box that Mr. Penny had stored things in. The bank manager is looking for proof that this man is indeed Timothy's father.This is a good read for anyone who likes fantasy and adventure. There is suspense and many twists and turns throughout the story. As you read you can decide whether it is real or not. This is a book for teens and adults.I received a free PDF from the author.

  • Fiona
    2018-11-30 00:11

    What a strange, weird and fantastical book this is! I veered between loving it and hating it. On the whole I enjoyed it but I couldn’t quite work out who it’s aimed at. I’m assuming it’s a Children’s book, maybe 10-12, but it’s quite a complex plot so I think they would have to be confident, competent readers. The book is funny, quirky and warm but I agree with some other reviewers that it needs editing to tighten some of the action up.

  • Olivia
    2018-11-18 19:09

    This book is a wonderful mix of fantasy and real life which is really the best of both worlds.It follows the life of Timothy Other as he first escapes from the orphanage, Dreams and Hopes, and ends up crashed into a mysterious island with and even more mysterious Marzipan Mountain. Along his journey, he is joined by a four-foot mouse and an eight-foot long caterpillar. Throughout the journey, he unexpectedly learns of his past and the people around him. As he returns to the orphanage to look for what he believes is his by right, he is presented with a surprise which is not exciting in the least. This book touched on the lives of children in orphanages and the different managers found in them. I daresay not all owners are fond of the abandoned children they take in. As in Mr. Sterner’s case, his only interest seems to be the land and what Mr. Penny. A greedy man and a glutton, his only concern was to stuff himself with food and to get rid of the remaining children in the orphanage.The live of Ms. Finn is also just as sad, when her father treated her with contempt just because she wasn’t born a boy. He even blamed her for the death of her brother when it had been a very unfortunate accident. The only consolation she had was from the ghost of her brother, Claude, who remained by her side through all those years. But she grew up a hardened woman and she detested children.Although Timothy found himself on the island alone, I’m glad that he found two really good friends, no matter if one was a four-foot mouse and the other was a caterpillar turned human? He found his past and he succeeded in filling the empty space in his heart which was intended for family. I think that part was really touching and emotional. I’m really happy that Leopold didn’t die from the fall, although I would very much love to know how he managed to survive.

  • Yvonne Davies
    2018-11-19 23:08

    When Timothy was left on the doorstep of Dreams and Hope Orphanage, a young baby in a wooden box, no one could imagine that 12 years on he would go on an adventure that would change so many lives.Even though Timothy was abandoned and lived as an orphan, he had a good life, cuddles when he wanted and the most amazing pudding. He was growing up to be an amazing young man and even when events caused his life to worsen, he still was a caring child. However, the story was also about the other characters all had their own story to tell and the little details like how the children got their names, made this story more interesting. As the story progressed so did Timothy’s adventure, with the help of his new friends, he finds out more of his past and the true meaning of friendship. But where he found love, he also found danger as he was a wanted boy. This book is perfect for any age, the fantasy element will capture children and adult’s imagination. The action is family friendly making this a book that you can read to your little ones. Once you start this book you will not want to put it down, as you want to know what happens to Timothy. The writing style was descriptive and when Timothy arrived at the Marzipan mountain, you could just picture him looking at in awe. Throughout the book I was imaging the characters voices especially when Timothy met Edwin and Leopold. There are some great comedy moments which children and adult will enjoy, and I did have a few laughs to myself. Whilst I have read some of this author’s work before and saw the great reviews for this book, I was still pleasantly surprised, how good it was and that is was for any age group If you are looking for a fun, adventurous read then this is the book for you, I hope there will be more of Timothy’s adventures

  • Matt
    2018-11-24 17:02

    Twelve-year-old Timothy Other has lived at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage since he was abandoned there as an infant, and life at the orphanage is good, until the popular owner Mr. Penny dies of a heart attack at the bank. Then, the orphanage is repossessed and sold to Mr. Sterner, and he brings in his own staff, including fish face 'Ms. Finn'.Then, Timothy escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage, and was boarding a plane, when the plane crashes to the world of Marzipan Mountain, where he discovers a talking four-foot mouse and an eight-foot caterpillar, the truth about his allusive past, and the mystery of the 'Golden Life'.This was a very enjoyable book to read, and was a great break from all of those physiological crime thrillers that I keep reading about. It was definitely refreshing to read a young-adult fantasy book, especially one that I enjoyed reading.However, I'm still confused as to whether it's YA or not. Personally, I feel that the writing of this book is absolutely brilliant, and perfect for YA; however, I feel like the actual storyline itself would appeal to a slightly younger audience, in my opinion. I'm not saying that older people can't enjoy it (like myself), I just think children aged 8-12 would enjoy it better, in my opinion.Nonetheless, this was still an enjoyable read for me. I thought that the plot was well-written and kept me interested in the latter parts of the book, and the characters had different unique and interesting personalities, albeit a little annoying at times. But it was fun to read, and this would be a perfect book for a young child to read.Overall rating: 3.5/5*I should also add that I received a signed copy of this book from a recent Goodreads giveaway, and I would just like to thank Lawrence for giving me the opportunity to read Timothy Other for free :)*

  • Valentina Markasović
    2018-12-01 01:11

    First of all, thank you to the author for giving me this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. And, again, sorry it took me so long to actually write it!The title, the cover and the summary of the book promised me a fun fantasy novel. The one thing I noticed when receiving the book was how long it is. I thought nothing of it, it's not of any extraordinary length, maybe only slightly so considering its target audience. Still, I dived into the book and it really captured me from the start. The story was interesting and fresh, I couldn't wait to see the titular Marzipan Mountain. However, my attention began to weaver at some point, probably because many characters were introduced at once and with all the bank and legal talk that made its way into the book. In the end, I think the novel would have benefited from being trimmed down, again, keeping in mind it's supposed to be middle grade.There were at least 3 different story-lines and that felt a bit over-whelming at times, too, but then everything slowly begins to make sense and the puzzle pieces fit together. The book had a cozy overall feeling, despite the dark themes it deals at times (death, murder, mental illness - or was Claude truly there? Such a grown-up question, isn't it). What I found really innovative and fun was the way the kids at the orphanage were named. On the other hand, what I didn't like was the toilet humor. I guess kids would find it funny.Still, the book sends a nice message and sets up a sequel at the same time.My favourite quotes:"Be strong and keep a good heart, life is whatever you make it.""That's why tears are keep your heart from becoming hard and crumbling to dust."

  • Sarah
    2018-11-24 20:48

    Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain is very much a children/young adults book but can also easily be enjoyed by adults also.Dreams and Hopes is an orphanage where children are named by where they are found or what they are found in. To start with the homely and lovely orphanage is ran by Mr Penny who is the one that names all the children. Unfortunately for some children the names they are given are ones that you would certainly never give anyone. Timothy is quite lucky though as his name came from a box where the only letters visible were Timothy Other. Believe me, compared to some of the other orphans, his is a very normal name!Unfortunately after Mr Penny's death, there is a big change around in staff and where once there were lovely mother figures there are now battle axes that have little or no regard to the children that they are supposedly looking after. Timothy decides to run away when an opportunity arises to get out and that's when all the adventures begin.This is very much a story of escapism. It actually reminded me a lot of Lewis Carolls, Alice in Wonderland. Timothy's adventure to Marzipan Mountain had me wishing that a porthole would miraculously open and transport me to Timothy and his new friends. It certainly is a wonderful book to get yourself lost into.It has a whole array of characters, some nice and some definitely not so nice but yet some characters did take me by surprise as my opinions of them did change.If you love a story full of adventure and fantasy then this is the ideal book for you.Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ashley Tomlinson
    2018-11-22 20:43

    This was a fun, light read. After a scary book I read the other day this was a perfect book to counter that. There was a good sense of adventure there the I think could be fun for all ages though it's probably more suited for younger readers. That being said as mostly a young-adult reader I still found this book interesting to read and kind of fun. There were things that I didn't really understand and it wasn't explained throughout the book either. That's okay though because the ending was still good enough that I didn't mind the unanswered questions. There was a magical element to it that was a nice aspect to have, especially for a paranormal lover like myself. Timothy is pretty awesome, I mean he survives a plane crash and just continues on his merry way. I really enjoyed his character and after all the other kids names I thought his was the best but that is pretty obvious. I mean, Belle "Scrubby" Scrubwood... that poor girl having to grow up with a name like that but I guess growing up in an orphanage isn't easy to begin with. The ending of the book was great and really made me a fan of this author. Most of the book almost felt like it was a story being read to me and I always love when that happens. By the time I got to the end of the book I wasn't really paying attention to how the narrative was to be honest, I was too wrapped up in the story by then.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-07 20:51

    I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review.I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Timothy has lived in an orphanage all of his life and it’s not so bad until the man who owns it, Mr. Penny, dies. It’s bought by a horrible man and he hires Ms. Finn who is evil and abusive to the children. Timothy decides to leave the orphanage and that’s when his adventure begins. He ends up on Marzipan Mountain and meets some amazing, and weird, friends. By the time he returns to the orphanage, several people are looking for him.Timothy is 12 years old and doesn’t know anything about his past. If Mr. Penny hadn’t died, he may have never had the desire to leave the orphanage. He ends up meeting a giant talking mouse, a giant talking caterpillar, and a creature who could pass as Bigfoot. Many of the characters are funny in their own way.Timothy Other could be a great book if it weren’t so long. It has adventure, fun characters, and a bit of magic. I believe 8-12 year olds would like it best but I don’t know if readers that age would stick with such a long book. The author had this book edited and re-released. I didn't get a copy of the edited version, but a good edit would make this good book a great book.

  • Jessica Bronder
    2018-11-24 23:59

    Timothy is an orphan living at the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage. Things are not really going well there and Timothy makes an escape. While on his adventure he meets several different characters and goes on many adventures. All the while Timothy learns more about his life then returns to the orphanage.I really enjoyed this story. Timothy goes on such adventures and meets strange characters. He is trying to find out more about his past. But that is not that only thing that he finds. I loved the different locations he finds himself. It kind of reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.In the end most of our questions are answered but there are some that are left open and I think that there could be a sequel. I do think that this would be better geared to mid-grade readers but I think that for the most part anyone that does read Timothy Other would like it. In the end I enjoyed this book and I think that kids would really like it too. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Patricia Walker
    2018-12-03 19:53

    This is a fabulous read - very easy going but with lots to keep the attention and a lot of unexpected twists and turns throughout. While it is intended for younger readers than myself the story is very readable and the attention is held in place as things happen and events seem to come together, understanding dawns only to be ripped away when the twists start to fall into place and a wonderful kicker that has the reader grasping right at the end for the truth, that all is as it should be.Each of the characters is wonderfully crafted by the author and the reader can picture the story flow along as the words describe each part of the tale and the characters interaction with each other during and following all that happens. We see the different characters grow throughout the story, all very plausible in the roles set out for them whether they be 'good' or 'bad', and the interactions are lively throughout.I heartily recommend this to anyone who loves a good adventure!