With the last few words, tears form in her eyes, and she starts to weep. Conor put his arm around her, "Grandma, it's going be okay. I don't know what you two are talking about, but I'm sure it will be all right." Just then a small voice is heard coming from the counter top just behind Grandpa's head. "Maybe I should explain things to him." Conor looks from Grandpa to Grandma, then back to Grandpa, wondering where the voice is coming from. Then, from behind the coffeepot, comes the smallest man Conor had ever seen.
The O'Brien family has hidden and protected this secret in the hills of eastern Tennessee, generation after generation, for nearly 100 years. Now that it's young Conor O'Brien's time to take charge, the teenager will soon discover this is no small task. When a threat is posed from an angry English businessman, something has to be done to protect the Tinys from being exposed to the rest of the world. How will young Conor handle his newly discovered responsibility? What will happen to the little community?
This story, filled with action, intrigue, and a little bit of romance, will keep listeners guessing at every turn. Who are the Tinys? How will Conor and the Tinys evade this powerful family in Europe that has been searching for them for generations? Find the answers in this first book in the Tennessee Tiny series.
The narrator for this book was fabulous. I •might• check out the rest of the series because he has narrated all of them.
Even for - or especially because it was for - elementary aged children, I found it dragged too much. Like Greybeard and Grandfather talked/explained too much; long winded buggers!
I could compare the Tinys (sic) to the Littles, but the Littles were short stories and more enjoyable.
Also, religion was not brought into the picture in The Littles, but over a handful of mentions in this book.
I'm still scratching my head about how The Telling told the young Tinys (being under 1 foot tall) to beware of Bigs (our sized people). The reasoning was how Tinys would want to play with animals, we would want to play with them ... most animals would be too BIG even to them, for that analogy to make any sense!
It's better than a lot of books written for our younger readers.
I found this book to be more tedious and dry but I hope a future relationship with the author, editor, copy editor could polish up this gem could-be and deliver it with more finesse.