When the Whistle Blows (Hardcover)
Philomel, 9780399251894, 160pp.
Publication Date: June 11, 2009
Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
— Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
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Newcomer Fran Cannon Slayton's powerful first novel captures the serendipity of boyhood by shining a spotlight on the peak adventures of Jimmy's life. But at its heart, this is a story about a boy and his father in a time when trains reigned supreme.
"?When the Whistle Blows" is reminiscent of classic tales by Jack London, William Golding and Robert Louis Stevenson, yet carries the remarkable, fresh voice of its author. Fran Cannon Slayton should be extremely proud of this, her debut novel. Ellen Hopkins, author of "Crank" and "Identical."