London Calling

London Calling

eBook - 2008
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Martin Conway comes from a family filled with heroes and disgraces. His grandfather was a statesman who worked at the US Embassy in London during WWII. His father is an alcoholic who left his family. His sister is an overachieving Ivy League graduate. And Martin? Martin is stuck in between--floundering.

But during the summer after 7th grade, Martin meets a boy who will change his life forever. Jimmy Harker appears one night with a deceptively simple question: Will you help?

Where did this boy come from, with his strange accent and urgent request? Is he a dream? It's the most vivid dream Martin's ever had. And he meets Jimmy again and again--but how can his dreams be set in London during the Blitz? How can he see his own grandather, standing outside the Embassy? How can he wake up with a head full of people and facts and events that he certainly didn't know when he went to sleep--but which turn out to be verifiably real?

The people and the scenes Martin witnesses have a profound effect on him. They become almost more real to him than his waking companions. And he begins to believe that maybe he can help Jimmy. Or maybe that he must help Jimmy, precisely because all logic and reason argue against it.

This is a truly remarkable and deeply affecting novel about fathers and sons, heroes and scapegoats. About finding a way to live with faith and honor and integrity. And about having an answer to the question: What did you do to help?

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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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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