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Bloor, Edward.
New York : Knopf, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 4.5
ISBN 0375936351

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

London calling.  But how can that be?  The old radio that his grandmother left him when she died seems to pull in more than just a few random AM stations.  When Martin sleeps, he is drawn into the world of London during the Blitz.  Sixty years ago.  He meets Jimmy, a boy from the past who asks for his help.  Through Jimmy, Martin is going to learn a lot more than just what went on during the Blitz.  He will learn about his own family's past as well.

Booktalk #2

Over the summer I read a book called London Calling  by Edward Bloor.This is a book about a boy named Martin that has an older radio that his grandfather put in the attic. He took it out of the attic and now listens to his grand fathersí radio station that his grandmother runs now. The reason why the grandmother runs it now is because the grandfather passed away. The radio station is in London, England but still gets to talk to her on the phone. This book I would recommend to a historical reader. This was a great book only if you like reading. I recommend this as a historical book because the boy was listening to the radio  in 2019 and his grandmother was talking about the bombing of London in 1940. Then martin kept listening then he went back in time in 1940. When he went back in time the bombing was still going on and he met a few people and tried to stay covered from the bombs.  (Franklin, K-12 student)

Booktalk #3

Have you ever had a dream that seemed so real that you thought it actually happened? Have you ever seen the past, a death, and a horrible war, in a dream? Did you ever wake up, to find out, it was real? Most people doubt that it was possible, but isn't anything possible? It was for Martin Mehan.
 In the book London Calling by Edward Bloor a boy learns about what London was put through during World War II. All he has to do in is fall asleep to the sound of the hissing sound of the old radio his dead grandmother gave him, and then he travels into the past. Even though the travels are so real, he searches all over the internet to find, that, he is indeed, right. He has to help a boy named Jimmy accomplish a task that he doesn't even know about, yet!

 I recommend this book to mystery lovers and more advanced readers. It is full of twists and turns that will amaze you. Even when you think it is almost over, a new twist is added, so it glues you right to the book. Read the book for yourself, and you be the judge.  (Dylan, K-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Time travel -- Fiction.
                        London (England) -- History -- Bombardment, 1940-1941 -- Fiction.
                        Catholics -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain -- Fiction.

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