Fran Cannon Slayton has published a new juvenile fiction book set in the 1940s in West Virginia, with a boy main character aged 12-18 called "When the Whistle Blows".
Slayton contacted me through my blog to ask if I wanted a review copy of this book. Since my older son (now 11.5 years old) loves trains (more when he was younger than now) I requested it.
When the uncorrected proof arrived my son grabbed it and read the back. He said, "This is the best idea for a story I've heard in a long time." I loved that. He is a lover of fantasy genre, especially anything with a dragon in it. He has a harder time finding realistic fiction or historical fiction that he likes. When he made that comment he specifically meant a realistic fiction type story that interests him.
My son gobbled the book up, and stayed up late last night to finish it. He loved the book. Today when I asked him about it again he said, "It was a great book. The ending was sad though."
I plan to start reading this book in the next couple of days. I want to put all my efforts to finishing a memoir (adult) book first. I plan to review the book after I read it.
I figured I'd mention the book now in case anyone reading this is looking for books for boys aged 9-12 that has a train in it, it is not a common theme for boys THIS age (past the picture book age).
Note a teacher's guide to the book is coming soon (see here).
Disclosure: I received an uncorrected galley edition of this book from the author.