London Calling

London Calling

Book - 2008
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Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008, c2006.
Edition: 1st Knopf trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780375843631
Branch Call Number: J FIC Bloor
Characteristics: 289 p. : ill.


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cat_1 Jan 07, 2013

For a book forced on to me by a teacher for a book report, 'London Calling' was surprisingly addictive! I spent a whole morning just reading this book, and taking in the action, the adventure, and messages that are contained in this book. That morning was not wasted! I would highly recommend this book to everyone!

Kirsteen55wong Jul 12, 2012

The beginning starts off really boring but it becomes more interesting. Looking forward on finishing the whole book!

Aug 03, 2010

Angsty seventh-grader Martin Conway?s family is complicated. His father is an alcoholic, but his grandfather Martin Meehan was an embassy secretary who hobnobbed with the Kennedys in 1940 London. All Souls Prep School, where Martin?s mother works so her son can attend tuition-free, was founded by even more prominent World War II hero General Henry M. ?Hollerin? Hank? Lowery. Stuck in the long shadows cast by the men in his life, Martin broods in his basement bedroom. But he is yanked out of his miserable existence when his grandmother dies and leaves him an antique radio. Martin intends to use it as a night light, but when he plugs it in something very strange happens. While he sleeps Martin is transported to London in 1940, smack dab in the middle of the Blitz, where a scrappy little kid named Jimmy pleads with him to ?do his bit.? This is no dream. When Martin wakes up and does a bit of modern research, he discovers that Jimmy and the other Londoners he?s seen and heard are real, documented people. He also uncovers some unexpected truths about the very men he?s been brought up to revere and admire. This is a novel overflowing with the tension of things left unsaid and secrets kept too long. Martin?s fears and insecurities are laid bare by his intimate narrative voice and author Edward Bloor?s evocation of Blitz-ravaged London is hard-hitting. A bit heavy-handed at times when dealing with the ethics of religion, politics, and history, London Calling is nevertheless a poignant coming-of-age story.

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