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On the Blue Comet

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ISBN13: 9780763637224
ISBN10: 076363722x
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Trains and time travel spur one boys thrilling adventure as he seeks to rejoin his father in a new classic from Rosemary Wells and Bagram Ibatoulline.

One day in a house at the end of Lucifer Street, on the Mississippi River side of Cairo, Illinois, eleven-year-old Oscar Ogilvies life is changed forever. The Crash of 1929 has rippled across the country, and Oscars dad must sell their home—with all their cherished model trains—and head west in search of work. Forced to move in with his humorless aunt, Carmen and his teasing cousin, Willa Sue, Oscar is lonely and miserable—until he meets a mysterious drifter and witnesses a crime so stunning it catapults Oscar on an incredible train journey from coast to coast, from one decade to another. Filled with suspense and peppered with witty encounters with Hollywood stars and other bigwigs of history, this captivating novel by Rosemary Wells, gorgeously illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, resonates with warmth, humor, and the true magic of a timeless adventure.

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"Model trains, time travel, and cameo appearances by Ronald Reagan and Alfred Hitchcock, among others, make this adventure an ideal family read-aloud. 'One day everything in the world was fine. Dad and I had lamb chops and ice cream,' says Oscar Ogilvie, 11, about life with his widowed father in 1929 smalltown Illinois. Self-reliant and companionable, Oscar makes dinner so he and his father, a tractor salesman, can spend their evenings constructing elaborate railroad layouts. Then the Great Depression hits, and the Ogilvies lose their house and, worse, their trains, which are put on display in the bank lobby. Oscar's kindness to a laid-off math teacher turns serendipitous when the teacher becomes the bank's night watchman, giving Oscar access to his trains. During one after-hours visit, the bank is robbed; Oscar escapes by diving into the model train set, where he crisscrosses time and the continent, unscrambling what's happened to him. Well-drawn secondary characters and evocative details bring the hardscrabble 1930s to life. Ibatoulline's intricately detailed illustrations, both full-page and double-spread, have a Norman Rockwell quality that reinforces the setting and adds a nostalgic air. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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BookMom, January 11, 2011 (view all comments by BookMom)
My son LOVED this book! Anyone with an interest in trains, time travel or history would love this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763637224
Author:
Wells, Rosemary
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Illustrator:
Ibatoulline, Bagram
Author:
Ibatoulline, Bagram
Subject:
Transportation - Railroads & Trains
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR + 4-COLOR INSERTS
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.93 x 1.22 in 1.395 lb
Age Level:
00-UP

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Model trains, time travel, and cameo appearances by Ronald Reagan and Alfred Hitchcock, among others, make this adventure an ideal family read-aloud. 'One day everything in the world was fine. Dad and I had lamb chops and ice cream,' says Oscar Ogilvie, 11, about life with his widowed father in 1929 smalltown Illinois. Self-reliant and companionable, Oscar makes dinner so he and his father, a tractor salesman, can spend their evenings constructing elaborate railroad layouts. Then the Great Depression hits, and the Ogilvies lose their house and, worse, their trains, which are put on display in the bank lobby. Oscar's kindness to a laid-off math teacher turns serendipitous when the teacher becomes the bank's night watchman, giving Oscar access to his trains. During one after-hours visit, the bank is robbed; Oscar escapes by diving into the model train set, where he crisscrosses time and the continent, unscrambling what's happened to him. Well-drawn secondary characters and evocative details bring the hardscrabble 1930s to life. Ibatoulline's intricately detailed illustrations, both full-page and double-spread, have a Norman Rockwell quality that reinforces the setting and adds a nostalgic air. Ages 10 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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