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Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera

Victor Appleton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Tom could not move. He was held fast on the floor of his shop, unable to use his legs, and prevented from getting up.

For a moment Tom was stunned, and then he called:

"Help! Help! Eradicate! Koku! Help!"

He waited a moment, but there was only a silence.

And then Tom smelled a strange odor—an odor of a choking gas that seemed to smother him.

"It's the acids!" he cried. "They're generating gas! And I'm held fast here! The place is closed up tight, and I can't move! Help! Help!"

But there was no one at hand to aid Tom, and every moment the fumes of the gas became stronger. Desperately the youth struggled to rid himself of the weight of the shaft, but he could not. And then he felt his senses leaving him, for the powerful gas was making him unconscious.


"Bless my shoe buttons!" exclaimed a voice, as a man came toward T. . . Read More

Community Reviews

In this installment our hero invents a movie camera and goes to film exciting things. Of course the rivals of the man who commissioned this do all sorts of things to stop Tom. Tom also nearly gets himself killed several times over by trying to film dangerous events. Interestingly enough, Tom films l

I read the Tom Swift Sr. books as a child and again when I got my Kindle in 2010. They are an easy read and enjoyable. It is interesting to see how writing has changed since these books were written.

It was interesting because he made a portable camera - a bit bigger. He used it for scenes for a movie. He got brilliant scenes of avalanches, volcanoes, eathquakes and elephant stampedes as well as jungle wildfire. It was a very enjoyable book.

Definitely more of a low point in the series. The adventures just get more ridiculous as time goes on, with Tom and his multiple friends taking a couple months off just to fly around and take some movies all over the planet.

I realize this was from about 100 years ago, but the views of other cultures

Really good old classic young readers book about a young inventor that invents this awesome inventions and then goes on these wild and crazy adventures, sometimes getting into trouble in the process.

This is one of the more jarring early 20th century children's books I've read. It's got everything that could mark it as horrifying to modern readers, from the common offenders of racism and colonialism as warm and fuzzy markers of American superiority to some rarer reasons to keep this in the archi