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Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes

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Imagine that all around you, hidden from sight, there are thousands of tiny people.
They are four inches tall, brave, stubborn and resourceful.
They are the nomes.

The nomes in this story live under the floorboards of a large Department Store and have never been Outside. In fact, they don't even believe in Outside. But new nomes arrive, from - where else? - and they bring with them terrifying news: the Store is closing down and Everything Must Go . . .

The fantastically funny first book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Published: 12th March 2015
Number of Pages: 320

ISBN-13: 9780552573337

Age Ranking
  1. #47 of 1512 books for 9 year olds
  2. #143 of 1614 books for 8 year olds
  3. #368 of 386 books for 12 year olds
  4. #778 of 1136 books for 10 year olds
  5. #1295 of 1816 books for 7 year olds
10 Book reviews
13th May '16
Bethan read it aged 10
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
This book is the first of a trilogy so there are another 2 books to read after it.

It tells you about a group of nomes and their attempt to escape from a hard life living in a hole by the motorway by hitching a ride on a truck. They arrive in what looks to be nome paradise in a store but the nomes who live there are different and strange. They have to work together with the new nomes to survive as they have to leave the store which is being torn down.

Even though the book was written a while ago it still relates to things that are happening today

I liked:
The story - it's different to other stories 
The different characters - I like how you can imagine the characters as like real people and relate them to some people you know
The ending - even though its a trilogy and the story is going to go on it ends in a good place so even if you didnt read the rest of the books you wouldnt have lots of questions
it's really funny in parts and made me laugh
I didnt like
not knowing how to pronounce some of the names - a guide at the back would be good
that some people die in it

Overall i really like this book and could read it by myself - it's not a big book and I read it all in around an hour and half over 3 nights before bed.
I am now going to get the next book to read
20th October '16
I read it to Ollibath aged 9 & to Zacbath aged 9
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
A fabulous book with all the charm of Terry Pratchett, the characters are full,comical and the boys loved them!
This book is about a bunch of Nomes (gnomes) who live in the walk of a store. They have been around since humans have even though they never show themselves to humans.  Things become interesting when another group of nomes appear from the outside (a place no one knew existed!).  The two groups of nomes are very different and the plot is intriguing and intricate.   A great read. 
24th May '16
Lydib read it aged 9
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
This story is full of adventure. It is quite strange but brilliantly entertaining and funny in places. Masklin is my favourite character he leads a group of nomes (tiny people) they hitch a ride on a truck to a department store where they find more of their species. This is the first in a series of 3 books and i really want to read the rest of them. A brilliant book for boys, girls and adults.
2nd November '16
I read it to Ollie aged 9
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
Apologies if this is wrong but we have just finished the trilogy, Truckers, Diggers and Wings and Ollie has declared Terry Pratchett is now his favourite author! The Nomes Trilogy is just a fabulous new way of looking at human behaviour and the world from a different angle. All the characters have their own personalities and 'grow' as the trilogy develops. 
If looking for something new and exciting, try these three books!
26th May '16
Little Mr A read it aged 7
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
I really enjoyed this book.  It is a really fun story to read and I love Terry Pratchett stories.  There is lots of adventure and excitement.  It is a good length and was easy to read.  I read the book in a few nights by myself.  I definitely want to read more Terry Pratchett books now.
18th June '16
I read it to Anastasija aged 9 & to Sofija aged 8
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
We read this at bedtime over a few weeks, with me reading it to my 8 and 9 year-old girls at bedtime. I have been a fan of Terry Prachett's books since I was young, but at the time he hadn't written any children's books, so it was great to introduce my children to his excellent writing, which had been aimed at their age-range. 
My children loved the world of the nomes and the way in which they saw the world we inhabit. They laughed at the way they saw and understood us, like when the nomes saw a sign saying, "Road Works Ahead" and they discussed why on earth we would have a sign explaining that the road was working and that they felt it was more important to have a sign if it wasn't working! 
For the adult reading this with their child/ren, Terry Prachett is as perceptive as ever, shining a light on curiosities of religion, beliefs and religious practices, to the manner in which people (whether nome or human) can interpret things that they see and the way in which beliefs can influence society through established routines and even fear. 
Some nomes from running from hunger, danger and an aging community, hitch a ride on a lorry and find themselves transported to the world of "the Store", which has become the entire world of a group of well-established nomes, who do not believe in "the Outside" or even if they do, are terrified of what it might hold. As the Store is closing down, time is running out to find a plan to save all of the nomes and find a new home. 
My daughters were totally gripped by the story and loved the different characters amongst the nomes and are looking forward to starting the next book in the trilogy, Diggers and then Wings 
9th May '16
CCR06 read it aged 9
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
I really liked the sense of adventure and the unknown in this story. I liked that it was set part in the real world and part in a land of make-believe. I don't want to give too much away, but I did laugh out loud lots!
The illustrations at the start of the chapters, that are dotted throughout the book, are funny and remind me of Quentin Blake illustrations. 
I'd like to read more of Terry Prachett's novels.
9th August '16
I read it (an adult) & to Ollie aged 8
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
5 stars
Ollie really liked this book from the start and we have brought the second of the trilogy to read. 
It has taken a while to read as we liked going back over some of the 'discoveries' the nomes made and laughing at how they see humans
3rd June '16
Boy read it aged 12
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
4 stars
'Boy' has gone off of books and someone recommended Pratchet to me and we were lucky enough to win a copy of Truckers.  It has taken some time but he has finished it - he didn't want to write the review - hence me writing one for him.
He enjoyed this book and actually had a few laugh out loud moments while reading it.  At first he thought it would be like the Borrowers but he said this was better.  He said that his sister 9 would enjoy it, but then said I probably would as well. (Maybe some more reviews coming up).
Overall he gave it four stars and when I asked if he would read the other books (I think this is part one of a trilogy) he said 'probably'.  Sorry he wouldn't review but he's reading again, so Thank you.
19th May '16
Mads1811 read it aged 8
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes 9780552573337
4 stars
Ive not read anything by this author before but i think he was very good. This book is an adventure book and i never knew what was going to happen next. there was also some funny bits that made me laugh
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