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On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells
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Dec 01, 2010

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"On the Blue Comet" is a charming historical science fiction novel for young readers. Rosemary Wells has some serious writing chops on display in the opening chapters where we meet young Oscar Ogilvie, Jr., and his father. We join them in Cairo, IL, and suffer the Wall Street collapse of 1929. Oscar's dad loses their house and has to sell their precious Lionel train set prior to heading west in search of work. Oscar suffers his aunt's cheap, depression-era food and fifth-grade math homework while he dreams of reuniting with his father and their much-beloved trains. One night, disaster strikes and Oscar is inexplicably transported onto a model train which travels into the future and in the way of some famous characters in history while he searches for his father and the way home.

This story is not going to set the world afire with its wit and clever dialogue, but it is an interesting tale that will entertain young and old readers alike.

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Reading Progress

December 1, 2010 – Shelved
February 13, 2011 – Started Reading
February 15, 2011 –
page 35
February 15, 2011 –
page 113
February 15, 2011 –
page 193
February 19, 2011 – Finished Reading

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