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London Calling by Edward Bloor
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Jun 18, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-books, audio, good-book-for-dudes, vintage
Read in October, 2009

I thought this was really excellent, and I might reasonably credit this book as the one that got me to appreciate the joy of audio books. The story pulls you in so quickly, and makes you feel so strongly for the characters and their disappointments, but also their hope, when it does show up. Martin Conway is a 13 year old kid on a scholarship at an expensive Catholic school that he hates. His mother's sense of honor won't let him leave the school, and he's pretty depressed. He's also victimized by one of the boys who is very decidedly NOT a scholarship student, and is, in fact, the descendent of one of the school's most honorable alums. Honorable is a matter of opinion, and hidden facts. Through a radio left to him by his newly deceased Nana, Martin is about to see the truth. The radio, a lovely old art deco piece that his grandfather owned while working at the American embassy in London during the Blitz in 1940, allows Martin to time travel, more or less, back to that time, to help clear up the facts and help more than a few people find peace. Not that he knows it at the time...

This is a great book, and a great way to think about history. The winners write the books, as Martin learns, but there are some facts that will not keep quiet. I loved the relationships in this book, and the way Martin grows from a sorrowful, sleeping sort of person into a person who is wide awake and full of feelings. A really good, gripping story.
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