16 Copies to Cornerstone Christian School

The Troth
Just delivered some books to a seventh grade class in Manchester, Connecticut. What a great bunch. They had some great questions about what makes a book fun to read. Hopefully they’ll like THE PURLOINED BOY!

I’m of the opinion that in order for a book to be considered truly good it has to be: entertaining, well-crafted, and enriching. What do you think? Is there something I’ve missed?

Hey kids, if you were in class and you have some thoughts on our time together, go ahead an leave them here. If you’ve already begun to read the book and have some thoughts on the characters or what you’ve read you can leave them here or on one of the pages listed on the right.


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19 Comments on “16 Copies to Cornerstone Christian School”

  1. 1life1lord1choicex3 Says:

    Hey Morti!
    It is such a privilege to be able to read this book!
    I am so excited. When talking in class our teacher made us look at the cover, and determine what we thought would happen in the book. There are many different things that people thought up of. It was very interesting though! Many people had extraordinary ideas! I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL WE READ THE PURLOINED BOY!
    An excited student

  2. idontknowwhattowrite Says:

    Hi Mortimus. I can’t wait to read your book. The teacher said we couldn’t read ahead, and a bunch of people said that it would be hard not to. I was one of those people. Anyway,I think we are going to start reading tomorrow.

  3. Great to hear from both 1life1lord1choicex3 and idontknowwhattowrite!

    I’m lookingforword to hearing your thoughts after you’ve had a chace to read a little of the book!


  4. 1life1lord1choicex3 Says:

    Hey Morti!
    We just read chapters 1 and 2 today! You used GREAT adjectives! I especially loved how you described Media, haha it was funny. Can’t wait to read more!

  5. Glad you liked Media. She comes back later on in the book. Before that you’ll meet some other interesting characters.


  6. idontknowwhattowrite Says:

    Hey Morty!
    Yea, we started reading it today. I wanted to keep reading so bad! I like the charecter of Epticuptis. (I think I spelled that right!) He is so mysterious though. I also have a question. How do you pronounce Reno? We didn’t know in class today. Talk to you later!

  7. Hi idontknowwhattowrite,

    Glad you like Epictetus! (Pronounced Epic-tea-tus — think “epic’ like in a movie epic then think “tea” as in the drink — then just add “tus” to the end and you’ve got it.) He’s a personal favorite of mine. You’re right about mysterious — he’s also really cool.

    Meno is pronounced Men-o. It is actually a very old Greek name. In ancient Greece Meno was a friend of the philosopher Socrates. The real Meno was a nice guy, but my Meno sure isn’t.


  8. idontknowwhattowrite Says:

    Thanks for the pronounciation!

  9. 1life1lord1choicex3 Says:

    hi again!
    I just finished chapter 6 and part of our homework was to write about Zephyr.
    Zephyr is so cool. With him, you could do anything! I love it how he helps Trevor fit through the small hole and how Trevor is able to do the unthinkable and impossible! So far I think Zephyr is my favorite!

  10. 1life1lord1choicex3

    Great! Glad you like Zephyr! He’s quite special. You’ll see a lot more of him in the book.


  11. alpha866 Says:

    Dear Morty,
    I finished reading chapter 7 and like how everything is being tied togeter. I am starting to get really interested in the book. Why did you give the mouse the name Zephyr?

  12. alpha866,

    Glad you like it!

    Check out what I said about the name Zephyr under the page entitled: “Write about Writing” on the right side of the blog.


  13. bobbyjoehanson52 Says:

    hi you probalbly read my comment already but dont know if fellow classmate will see it so please answer on this page

  14. Mortimus Says:


    Thanks! I’m glad you like THE PURLOINED BOY.

    First question answered — yes. If you look closely at the cover you’ll see leaves and the trunk of the Troth — the Great Tree behind Epictetus. The “gold thingson the cover” are the fruit of the Troth.

    “Troth,” by the way, is the Middle English root of our contemporary word “Tree.” It is also the origin of the word “betroth” — like in betrothed to be married. It means good faith or fidelity.

    As to your other question — Zephyr never told me who he is. He’s a very mysterious fellow.

  15. idontknowwhattowrite Says:

    Hey morty! I read the next reading assignment, which was chapters 9-11. I thought it was cool how they call people fishers that save kids, just some of the disciples were fishermen, but they saved people in a different way. Did you think of that while you were writing the book?

  16. zackvonawsome Says:

    Just read chapters 20 and 21 (THE BEST CHAPTERS SO FAR). This book is one of the best books i have ever read. I love the descriptions. In chapter 20, Maggie goes through the wrong tunnel, and meets the bogey and the trader. It kinda reminded me of life, how you can take the wrong path, and lead to horrible things. Thanks for letting us read the book.


  17. Mortimus Says:


    So you liked the battle, eh? COOL!

    I like battle scenes too. I had fun writing those chapters. What did you think about Epictetus? Where did he learn to fight like that?

    Your thought about taking the wrong turn is a good one. Why did Maggie do what she did? Do you ever feel the way Maggie did?


  18. zackvonawsome Says:

    Sometimes. I Cannot believe Epictetus dies. UNBELIEVABLE(in a bad way) He was like the best character. I have a feeling it will turn out good though. Zephyr and Epictetus were saying that Trever was “the one”, i wonder what that means. I cant wait to read on more!!!!

  19. Mortimus Says:


    I know; I know, but what do you think happened to Epictetus’ body? Any ideas?

    You’re right about a special mission for Trevor. Do you have any clue what it is all about? What is the Fay Brand?

    Here’s a couple of clues: look up “Fay” and “Brand” in the dictionary and tell us what you find.


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