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London Calling by Edward Bloor
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Aug 17, 09

bookshelves: virginia-readers-choice, youngadult
Read in August, 2009

Recommended for gr. 5-9. This is a contemporary story of Martin Conway, who does not fit in at his private school (he attends because his mother works in the office and gets free tuition). He and some friends are bullied by a gang led by Hank Lowery, the grandson of a WWII hero who gave a lot of money to the school. Martin inherits a 1940's era radio that belonged to his grandmother. While listening to the radio, he is transported to 1940 London where he meets a young boy named Jimmy. As he learns more about (and from) Jimmy, he discovers hidden facts about his family and General Lowery. These facts lead to circumstances that must be resolved in the present with the help of his alcoholic father and brainy older sister who works as a history writer for an encyclopedia. The reader will learn a lot about London during the Blitz. Will appeal to boys.
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