|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Rizzoli Juli 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||368 Pages|
|File Size||:||977 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
London calling Reviews
LONDON CALLING opens with a fight at school between the rich boys and the scholarship boys. A stone hits one of the statues in the new walkway causing damage. The commotion from the fight catches the attention of the headmaster who decides that he will determine the punishment at the end of the summer vacation. Martin dreads going back for this meeting. He hates the school so much that he requests to have independent studies for the entire new school year.His grandmother dies, leaving him this old radio from the 1940's. One night, Martin falls asleep listening to the sounds on the radio and is transported back to the 1940's in London during World War II. There he meets Jimmy, a young boy, who asks for his help.England during the wartime scares Martin and he can't tell if he's dreaming or if he's really traveled through time. He begins writing down names of people he meets and events that he hears mentioned to research later. Digging deeper into the past, he begins to unravel historical differences between today's understanding of history and the actual events. Martin realizes how history changes--with the victor's side writing the accounts of the events. The deeper he digs, the more truths he uncovers, and the more the radio calls him to help Jimmy.This fascinating book takes a look at how historical moments and figures are shaped by the outcome of an event. While this books starts off slowly, it quickly picks up, drawing the reader deeper into Martin's time-travel adventures. LONDON CALLING will be a thought-provoking book for classroom discussions.Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
London Calling is part historical fiction and part realistic fiction. I think it would have been a much stronger book if Edward Bloor had focused more on the historical fiction story. Martin is a sullen, withdrawn young teen trying to survive being bullied at his elite prep school and recover from the loss of his much loved grandmother. When Martin starts listening to the 1930's radio left to him by his grandmother, he travels back to WWII Blitzkrieg era London. Every time he travels back in time, a young boy named Jimmy appears and pleads with Martin to help save his Dad. Way too many pages are wasted with Martin saying "What do you want me to do?" and Jimmy saying, "I don't know." When not in London, Martin is dealing with being kicked out of school, trying to convince his family he is not depressed, and being embarrassed by his alcoholic father. The WWII story is much more interesting than the family drama.
Our grandson loved this book and it made a long driving tripl much more pleasant.
My son likes this.
Wonderful story!! I was really entertained and couldn't be torn away from it for several days! I really like the Christian element to it, and would recommend it to anyone.
Good book for teenagers