An Exclusive Excerpt from Lillian Nader’s Book, Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space

Thoughts are things, say Theep and Thorpe inside my head. It’s funny how sometimes I hear one or the other, and often I hear their voices together.

What does that mean; thoughts are things? I send the question to them with my mind while continuing to wolf down the breakfast lest it magically disappear.

Weren’t you thinking about your mom’s pancakes recently? And aren’t those things you’re eating called pancakes? They say in unison.

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Book Synopsis:

It’s the year 2160. Fourteen-year-old Jonathon Curtis lives on Planet Earth until he breaks the law and is sent to Juvenile Space Camp on Planet Staruus. The planet houses troubled kids from an overpopulated Earth and is thought to be uninhabited, but is it?

Theep and Thorpe are enlightened Staruians who are invisible to most humans. They establish telepathic communication with Jonathon because he needs their guidance to gain control of his gift—the power of manifestation. It was misuse of his power and his show-off tendencies that got him there in the first place!

Hazel is a thirteen-year-old girl at the camp who becomes friends with Jonathon. She has incredible talent for telepathy and wisdom beyond her years. Jonathon and Hazel discover it’s up to them and their friends at Space Camp to rescue kidnapped teens being held on the planet against their will. They enlist the aid of Theep and Thorpe to accomplish their mission.

Jonathon gets caught up in one adventure after another. Like it or not, he’s forced to team up with a bully and confront those who wish to harm him. Will these experiences teach him to harness the power of his thoughts to accomplish his goals? Will he and his friends free the teens in distress or will they end up as captives instead?

About the Author:

Lillian Nader, M.Ed. is a resident of Orange County, California, where she enjoys outdoor walks in the beautiful parks and beaches of her area. For mental stimulation, she reads a variety of books, writes for fun and profit, and participates in various groups for dreamers and writers. She is an author, copyeditor, and educator. Lillian can be reached at Reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are very much appreciated!

 Book Reviews

Natalia Komarova
April 15, 2019

I found Theep and Thorpe to be such a fun, creative book. It’s important to me that from the beginning of a book it grabs my attention. Theep and Thorpe definitely did just that. It’s the kind of book where you can imagine what the characters voices sound like. When you shut the book, you feel as if you just left the Juvenile Space Camp on Planet Staruus and can’t wait to get back. As I was reading, it was so cute and imaginative that I kept finding myself smile. I highly recommend for all ages. I especially recommend this adventuresome book to the children that dread reading. It’s an adventure that makes you want to read more. The perfect introduction and experience to open up your child’s world to reading. I highly recommend.

on February 25, 2018

Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space is a creative YA novel set in the future. The children are characters that today’s kids can relate to. The dialogue is believable and honest for this age group. It’s fast-paced, and the reader wants to find out what happens next. Ms. Nader has gotten it right. Crystal M.

4.0 out of 5 stars “Your grandkids will relish this read!”

“Middle grade is not a usual read for me, but I have Grand Kids this age. They are going to love this gift! Beginning with the fashion-forward characters pictured on the cover and flipping speedily through the pages to keep up with the adventures, they’ll race to complete their homework and avoid games indoors and outdoors.

Their harried mothers will enjoy peace and quiet and love me for this gift! Further, I will inscribe it with a reference to my former career in speech-language pathology. About half of the kids enrolled in public school speech therapy replace S with TH, a disorder commonly referred to as a lisp, so I relish this incidental opportunity to connect with them.”

5 stars: “A thrill a minute!” By Nandi

“Theep and Thorpe: Adventures in Space, is a delight in so many ways. I am a teacher and recently received this book as a gift. What a wonderful way to teach flailing teen or preteen students to connect to their innate nobility and grow strong and brave in the higher pursuit of safeguarding others in danger. Young people would be inspired to pay more attention to their intuition or gut feelings as a source of insight and information. And woven into this detention camp setting, are numerous humorous episodes to keep one laughing and the atmosphere upbeat. Brilliantly conceived and lots of fun. Thank you, Ms. Nader!”

on November 15, 2016
I love this book. It is one of those books that is next to impossible to put down. When is the
next one going to be available? I love the message that thoughts are things.

My Daughter Couldn’t Put This Book Down! October 28, 2016
By Mom of Book Lover (five-star review)

My daughter couldn’t put this book down! She’s 10 and an avid reader. She carried this book with her in the car, to the restaurant and back home – reading the whole time! Ms. Nader has created wonderful characters, an engaging story and a great YA read. We highly recommend it in our family.

 Fun for Tweens and Spry Seniors  from FRANCES on October 2, 2016

What an amazing original idea! I had such fun following the adventures of Theep and Thorpe as they are banished from Earth to the juvenile space camp for delinquents on another planet. The author, Lillian, has brought spirituality and space and laughter together to the delight of me, her audience. I am sure you will find the same delight as you follow their adventures. Targeted for the tweens, but such fun for this 67 year old! Congratulations on a winner!

5.0 out of 5 stars  What an adventure!   By Paula Blackwell   on August 17, 2016

Excellent read for preteens. The author expertly introduces New Thought and personal empowerment. Theep and Thorpe are divine inspirations. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars  Some values transcend time!  By Patricia J. Casey on August 10, 2016

A fanciful tale of friendship, teamwork and loyalty.

5.0 out of 5 stars   By Kathy Bouchard     June 29, 2016

This wonderful book is for adults as well as for young readers. I’ve read it more than once and I get something different from it each time. It’s a very quick, fun and entertaining read, with several lessons that give each of us something to think about, yet it’s not preachy. I highly recommend this enjoyable well-written book to everyone. I look forward to reading about further adventures of Jonathon and Theep and Thorpe.

5.0 out of 5 stars  This is a great book for teens  By Mary on May 28, 2016

This is a great book for teens. It teaches many lessons without being too direct. The importance of their thoughts and how they treat and understand their peers are presented in a way that teens can understand and still enjoy the story. I Hope Theep and Thorpe continue with more adventures.

5.0 out of 5 stars   Amazon Customer on May 5, 2016

Loved it

5.0 out of 5 stars I  love this sweet book   By Sharmyn on May 5, 2016

I love this sweet book. I can’t wait to pass it along to my niece. The characters are clever and have so much personality. It’s well written and definitely entertaining. It’s got heart and adventure.

5.0 out of 5 stars   By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2016

Very creative and clever book for young readers.

5.0 out of 5 starsI    By Mary Anne Vaccaro on April 18, 2016

You might think this is a book for children, but you would be wrong. I spent a delighted 3 hours reading Theep and Thorp with a smile on my face the whole time. I could not wait to turn the page to find out what would happen next. It does teach children valuable lessons in teamwork, friendship and ethics. Buy one for your child and one for yourself, you will not regret it, trust me!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Good lessons without preaching By Goldie on April 10, 2016

Refreshingly different. Tailor-made for the young adult market, good lessons without preaching. Strong characters. The light humor that somehow can be found in a juvenile prison colony is refreshing. Nice to have a little sci-fi without people – or other beings – being blasted to smithereens. Nice job, Lillian.

5.0 out of 5 stars By Jack on April 4, 2016

Original, well-developed characters make this story a great adventure. We get to peer into the lives of “delinquent” kids and follow their detention on Planet Staruus. When Jonathon is faced with completing a task that could save his friends, Theep and Thorpe ask him a question that echoes the theme of the story. “The question is, can you harness your power to take control for the good of this endeavor? Or do you let your petty jealousy interfere because it was Billy’s idea?” This book is a great way to teach kids the benefits of selflessness and working together.

5.0 out of 5 stars “A fun ride!” By Heather on March 31, 2016

Theep and Thorpe is a fun, exciting read. Fourteen year old Jonathon has enough problems to deal with such as reform school on another planet, a bully, developing supernatural abilities, and alien visits. Can he handle the biggest challenge of all and pull off a daring rescue? The author weaved many elements including space travel, friendship, love, and how our thoughts have power, into the story and kept the reader entertained throughout. I enjoyed watching Jonathon mature, learn to accept his gifts, and find friends in unlikely places. I hope to read more about Jonathon and Hazel and the rest of the kids on Planet Staruus.