London Calling by Edward Bloor audiobook

London Calling

By Edward Bloor
Read by Robertson Dean

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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?

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Summary

Summary

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?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] tale of historical intrigue and wrongs righted…Martin’s determination and the vivid scenes of London during the Blitz are sure to appeal.” Kliatt
Bloor continues to demonstrate his range, this time mixing historical fiction with time travel in a poignant adventure story about fathers and sons. . . . Have tissues on hand for the final pages. Publishers Weekly
Martin’s determination and the vivid scenes of London during the Blitz are sure to appeal. Kliatt
“This genre-defying novel incorporates mysticism steeped in Martin’s Catholic faith and a present-day trip to London that connects two troubled father-son relationships across the decades.” Booklist
“Observant teens will appreciate the contrast between Martin’s and Jimmy’s lives, particularly with the personal problems that they both strive to overcome. There is a bit of something for everyone in this novel, with its elegant blend of contemporary teen angst, time travel, and history.” VOYA
“Superbly narrated by actor Robertson Dean, Edward Bloor’s novel will interest young adult readers with its deft blend of history and science fiction.” School Library Journal (audio review)
“Martin is introduced to a maze of mysterious parallels and alternating times and places, all of which are kept straight through the strong narration of Robertson Dean. Dean shifts accents easily as Martin time-travels to Jimmy’s world, Blitz-filled London of 1940. Dean’s resonant tones have a haunting quality for a tale that has otherworldly elements and a dream-like mission that may bring redemption to several characters.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Edward Bloor

Author Bio: Edward Bloor

Edward Bloor is the author of the celebrated novel Tangerine, which was an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, a Horn Book Fanfare Selection, and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.51
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English