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London Calling


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ISBN13: 9780375843631
ISBN10: 0375843639
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Martin Conway comes from a family filled with heroes and disgraces. His grandfather was a statesman who worked at the US Embassy in London during WWII. His father is an alcoholic who left his family. His sister is an overachieving Ivy League graduate. And Martin? Martin is stuck in between--floundering.

But during the summer after 7th grade, Martin meets a boy who will change his life forever. Jimmy Harker appears one night with a deceptively simple question: Will you help?

Where did this boy come from, with his strange accent and urgent request? Is he a dream? It's the most vivid dream Martin's ever had. And he meets Jimmy again and again--but how can his dreams be set in London during the Blitz? How can he see his own grandather, standing outside the Embassy? How can he wake up with a head full of people and facts and events that he certainly didn't know when he went to sleep--but which turn out to be verifiably real?

The people and the scenes Martin witnesses have a profound effect on him. They become almost more real to him than his waking companions. And he begins to believe that maybe he can help Jimmy. Or maybe that he must help Jimmy, precisely because all logic and reason argue against it.

This is a truly remarkable and deeply affecting novel about fathers and sons, heroes and scapegoats. About finding a way to live with faith and honor and integrity. And about having an answer to the question: What did you do to help?

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About the Author

Edward Bloor is the author of the celebrated novel Tangerine which was an ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, a Horn Book Fanfare Selection, and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. The author lives in Winter Garden, FL.

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lauren.obrien97, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by lauren.obrien97)
Imagine that you were transported back to London during World War 2. Everyone around you knows that danger is always around the corner, but yet act if nothing were to happen. That at any moment an air raid siren could go off and you were unprotected. Well that is what happens to Martin the main character in the book London Calling. Martin gets a radio from his grandmother. Whenever he falls asleep by it, he transports back to London while World War 2 is happening. He meets a kid named Jimmy (a young boy in London. Also the only one who can see or hear Martin) and they become good friends. Jimmy and Martin have many adventures while he is there. I thought this book was quite engaging. I think that Edward Bloor intended for London Calling to be read by 5th graders and up. I highly recommend this to people who like adventure and a little bit of history.
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Bloor, Edward
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Family - General
Action & Adventure - General
Horror & Ghost Stories
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Fantasy & Magic
Time travel
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain.
Children s-Adventure Stories
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Trade paper
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8.44x5.74x.68 in. .49 lbs.
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