The Weird and Wonderful Adventures of Tim Wessurp, 'TWERP'

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
320 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2013
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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite

The imagination and inexhaustible humor of a 14-year-old boy is not to be trifled with. Derek Adie Flower in The Weird And Wonderful Adventures Of Tim Wessurp introduces us to a British hero boy named Tim or Twerp. This exceedingly tall tale begins oddly enough with a classroom lecture on sand. Schoolboy Twerp daydreams and he is transported to a sun-drenched, sandy beach... The teacher interrupts this gift of ubiquity, where he can be present wherever his imagination takes him. Twerp's first adventure involves the conspiracy of the smokeys. These sinister puffs and clouds of smoke can infiltrate your life and control your every thought. If caught unawares, you could be a SCH, or a smokey controlled human. In his second adventure, there are diabolical, shapeless rag dolls that are created and marketed by Twerp's aunt in the United States. The dolls have an evil, button eye which promotes negative thoughts.

In Twerp's final adventure, there are two-dimensional space aliens called Nethites who want to dominate the earth and regain their third dimension, as would be expected. Twerp is able to harness his scientific and imaginative gifts to protect the earth from these three dire threats. Twerp has help from his teacher Mr. Ratcliffe, who is also affectionately known as Ratface. The tone of acute silliness and biting sarcasm still somehow has an underlying innocence.

The plot and the tone of the story have no earthly limits. The story is geared for young adults but more mature adults should enjoy it too. There are large and impressive issues of smokey conspiracies, and world domination at the hands of deranged dolls or wafer-like space aliens. But there are also Twerp's light-hearted fantasies for the freedoms of adulthood, luxurious travel, and treats of hamburgers and ice cream. The Weird And Wonderful Adventures Of Tim Wessurp by Derek Adie Flower has flights of fancy and loads of laughs.

Lit Amri

How did he manage to listen and learn everything the teacher had been saying while he was also somehow miles away on beach that he visited last summer? Tim Wessurp, aka Twerp, finds out that he is able to be in two different places at the same time while daydreaming during science class. This gift of ubiquity would further lead him to three strange but risky adventures: his encounter with the wisps of fiendish smoke aptly called Smokeys, an unnerving experience with Mourag the rag doll, and meeting the flat Nethites that need his help. The Weird and Wonderful Adventures of Tim Wessurp: Twerp is written by Derek Adie Flower.

Young protagonist Tim Wessurp, or Twerp, is simply lovable. He is curious, mischievous, smart but at times a clot, as his uncle would call him, like any other normal 13-year-old boy. Clearly his ubiquity gift makes him more accountable. I’m quite fond of his grumpy Uncle Oliver too, who makes mundane situations hilarious with his sharp tongue. Twerp’s chilling second adventure, involving his Aunt Gwen’s rag doll, Mourag, is the one that stands out the most for me. The scene where Twerp heard his aunt’s conversation with Mourag is brilliantly written, and frightening. As space travel is involved, Twerp’s third adventure would be a delight for sci-fi enthusiasts. The alien Nethites have an eerie, ghostly appearance, but their request for getting their proper bodies back is comical.

This is a YA sci-fi/fantasy fiction laced with entertaining, paranormal suspense. Along with its unique premise and flawless plot, Derek Adie Flower’s Twerp is humorous. Its highly readable prose strikes right at the heart of stories that excite both young and mature readers alike. The charm, the quirkiness, and the quiet originality of Twerp are greatly engaging to those of us who love the classic possibilities and styles of young adult literature.

Anna del C. Dye

What a ride it has been reading The Weird & Wonderful Adventures of Tim Wessurp: Twerp. It really was a great read and a great adventure to the final pages. I felt that I was transported to the middle of this tale and saw what the characters saw. I enjoyed them from the first page to the last. I think it is a wonderful style of writing that will really have readers turning pages with this refreshing kind of tale. Three different tales, all excellent stories, to keep you guessing and going to the end, comprise this book.

Twerp with The Smokeys is about a race of beings comprised of smoke that decide to take over humans and the world. Twerp discovers their plans and has to convince adults that they are all in danger. Twerp with The Rag Doll is about a man who creates dolls with souls that are adopted by rich people. All is well until one doll decides to create havoc and uses the guardian to get it done. Twerp with The Nethites is all about ghostly appearances that come from another planet and their problems. Being ghostly has cost them many things, as well as their planet.

The stories are very well thought out and entertaining. The talents the characters have are very interesting and not that common. It will be well liked by teens, preteens, and adults alike. Great job.