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When the Whistle Blows Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg West Virginia during the s He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town plays a mean game of football pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his fri

  • Title: When the Whistle Blows
  • Author: Fran Cannon Slayton
  • ISBN: 9780399251894
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the Whistle Blows By Fran Cannon Slayton, Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in the Platoon, and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season no matter what He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, andJimmy lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in the Platoon, and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season no matter what He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is 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.

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    1. Told in a perfect voice for a nostalgic mood that entrances the reader from the outset, this impressive and moving short novel is like a collection of short stories about the same main character, each one told on the same day each year for seven years Each chapter gives a clear picture of how the main character has developed, together with his family and friends.It s for mature readers, as there is consideration of loss and death and the way different people cope, or don t It is implied that one [...]

    2. Judging by the somewhat muted and sleepy cover, I thought I was going to read a pensive, quiet coming of age, historical fiction It turned out that the story is NOT all that quiet every episode falls on an All Hallow s Eve from early 40s to late 40s You get the thrill of the secret Society s weird, slightly off and scary way to honor a recently deceased member you get the Halloween prank gone awry you get the blood pumping, almost heart stopping football game actions and you get the death and da [...]

    3. Set in the 1940 s, a time of both great progress yet great despair, this novel gives readers a vivid and powerful view on the life of a boy trying to be a kid while being surrounded by adult problems.

    4. Posted on SLJ s blog today When the Whistle Blows is a surprising first novel that will especially appeal to your boys and young men It is a growing up novel that includes scenes reminiscent of Richard Peck s Long Way from Chicago and has a classical mannerism that will steam its way on to state award lists all over the country Rituals at midnight Launching cabbages at the enemy Eerie cemetery scenes Death Humor Families joining together to thwart the tyrants in charge The joys of living in the [...]

    5. Told through a series of stories about All Hallow s Eve in Rowlesburg WV, James Cannon s life appears to be set he ll leave school and start working in the railyard, just like his older brothers, his father, his uncles and his forebears By the time he s a senior in high school, though, diesel engines have replaced steam ones, and the railyard has closed down.The other constant in his life is The Society, a mysterious group that he longs to join In the last section, he s inducted it s his father [...]

    6. Beautifully written book great voice and word choices in the form of vignettes which tell what happened in a small Virginia town in the life of the main character who is a young boy Each chapter chronicles Halloween day and night the boy s father s birthday in the 1940 s Main themes are family and the coming of age of this boy, as well as the steam engine railroader s life in a changing time I didn t really connect with some of the vignette stories maybe too male or too related to the railroad , [...]

    7. Told in vignettes set on All Hallow s Eve 1943 1949, this is the story of Jimmy Cannon, a boy determined to follow in his father s footsteps and be a railroad man in a small West Virginia town.Beautiful writing brought the setting to life and I fell in love with the characters I didn t think I liked vignettes, but I couldn t put this book down Highly recommended, especially for fans of Richard Peck.Full review on my blog abbylibrarian 200

    8. I like the set up of this seven vignettes, each set on Halloween between 1943 and 1949 It was really interesting to see Jimmy mature from chapter to chapter, and the resulting growth of the characters around him as he learns to see them differently I think it was well done I realized afterward that she basically wrote her father s teenage years didn t even change his name or town or ending That somehow seems a bit like cheating, even though I know it s not really g

    9. Allison recommends Such a wonderful book warm and full of heart You would think the vignette format would make this easy to put down between chapters, but I just couldn t stop reading The sense of nostalgia for youth in a bygone era may be appreciated by adults than teens, but there is enough humor and action to capture a younger reader s interest.

    10. Fran Cannon Slayton book, When The Whistle Blows, Moves back to the past to the 1900 s in the old western towns My main character Jimmy Cannon is a regular 14 year old that gets curious about the night before halloween, and opening season for hunting But he gets a little nervous when he and his friends causes a problem with the deputy sheriff But something happens to his uncle that always took him hunting on opening day Characters I really liked to watch how jimmy and his friends lived and acted [...]

    11. This story is reminiscent of a past time, when a kid could escape his house in the middle of the night and go running down the center of the main street in town, looking for a secret meeting of a secret society, so he could figure out what all that was about Jimmy s not a bad kid he s a pretty typical adolescent, with his own gang which reeks Halloween havoc on his small town in his own ornery way By the way, you have to read the whole story to find out what The Society is about, but you will, a [...]

    12. Slayton, F.C 2009 When the Whistle Blows New York Philomel Books.9780399251894162 pages.Appetizer Rooted in the history of 1940s Rowlesburg, West Virginia, this fictional story shares how Jimmy spends each All Hallows Eve starting with the year he s twelve or thirteen to the time he s about eighteen or nineteen Over the years, Jimmy and his friends and family deal with the loss of a loved one, seek revenge for a prank, battle for a day off of school, and compete in an intense football game, amon [...]

    13. In When the Whistle Blows By Fran Cannon Slayton, a young boy named Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg,West Virginia He dreams of working at the railroad like his relatives generations before him Life in the 1940 s is evolving into a modern era, and Jimmy s father refuses to let him stay in this dagburn town In this story, readers are entranced by this coming of age novel full of pranks, football games, and Society meetings Get ready to find out what exciting things just might head down the tracks on All [...]

    14. Sneaking to watch your father s secret society meeting Launching rotten cabbages at high school bullies Running through an eerie cemetery in the middle of the night These are the makings of a great book to read with your sons Fran Slayton s debut novel, When the Whistle Blows, is a compelling coming of age story that will appeal to a wide range of boys and their families I highly recommend it.Jimmy Cannon grows up surrounded by the boys and men of his small West Virginia railroad town his buddie [...]

    15. Monday, Jan 19 I sit here, looking at When the Whistle Blows I m not sure what to make of it It looks like it might be for a slightly older reader than my comfort zone includes Reading the various blurbs on and in the slim volume, it looks like it s about a small town where the lifeblood is the railroad It s been a while since I read a good historical novel I ll give it a shot.Monday, Jan 26 I ll have some down time today, so I ll get a chance to read I grab When the Whistle, figuring now is as [...]

    16. If you like historical fiction coming of age vignettes, you can t do any better than Fran Cannon Slayton s debut, WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS While it s not the kind of fiction I usually enjoy, the voice, characters, setting, and stories are really all delightful.The synopsis heavily emphasizes Jimmy s relationship with his father, but really, that theme is rather a gentle undercurrent throughout that builds into a touching ending I enjoyed every vignette, one for every Halloween between 1943 and 194 [...]

    17. The railroads run in the Cannon family s veins That s why Jimmy is so sure that s where he s be working when he grows up, no matter how much his father demands otherwise Jimmy feels his future is all set, especially since his father is the foreman of the Balti Ohio Railroad and both his older brothers have quit school to work there too All there s left to do is wait while he grows up But as much as Jimmy would like to think everything will stay the way it is, change is indeed coming, just as his [...]

    18. Growing up in the hills of West Virginia, all Jimmy Cannon wants is to work on the railroad just like his dad and older brothers Dad, however, warns that change is coming Soon the steam engines whose whistles pierce the air will be replaced with deisels Once the deisels come, Rowlesburg will no longer be a railroad town Jimmy can t see it, and he just wants things to stay the way they ve always been.Fran Cannon Slayton creates an interesting structure for When the Whistle Blows 2009 Each chapter [...]

    19. When the Whistle Blows is a unique story that takes place deep in Appalachian West Virginia It has a unique set, since each chapter tells a story about what is happening in Jimmy s life every Halloween Therefore, each chapter takes place on a Halloween night on different years It was a very neat concept Slayton did an excellent job at capturing the character of rural Appalachia My husband is from that area, and I can testify that not a whole lot has changed from 1940 s West Virginia to current t [...]

    20. This slow and nostalgic book gives the reader a glimpse into the world of a small West Virginia town in the 1940 s Jimmy Cannon wants nothing than to work on the railroad like his father and older brothers, but his dad is determined to make sure that doesn t happen Written as a coming of age story we follow Jimmy as he grows up and learns to deal with life s challenges including death, disappointment and uncontrollable change Each chapter is a different year in Jimmy s life but every story take [...]

    21. School Library Journal June 1, 2009 Gr 6 10 Linked stories set on seven consecutive All Hallows Eves, from 1943 through 1949, relate Jimmy Cannon s teenage years in Rowlesburg, WV Central to his story are his two older brothers, his friends, and especially his father, a formidable figure in a long succession of Cannon men who have worked for the BO railroad Why then, does Dad insist that Jimmy must not follow in his own footsteps And what is his father s role in the secretive and mysterious Soci [...]

    22. When the Whistle Blows is mixture of historical fiction, small town memories, and the final years of the stream engine.It was actually pretty good historical fiction material, but to me it was of a coming of age story or even memoir and reminded me a lot of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.The story takes place on All Hollow s Eve Halloween starting the yearof 1943 and ending with Jim s final memory of his father in 1949 Throughout those final six years with his father, Jim exp [...]

    23. Fran Cannon Slayton has translated her memories of her father s stories growing up in Rowlesburg, West Virgina in the last days of the steam engines on the Balti Ohio Railroad in the 1940s into an episodic coming of age story Jimmy Cannon is the youngest of three boys and has dreamed all his life of becoming a railroad man like his father and, soon, his older brothers His taciturn father discourages this ambition as he sees change coming in the new diesel engine Each Hallow s Eve, on his father [...]

    24. Set in the 1940s, the reader is taken for a non stop ride into this fabulous coming of age story The book centers around the life of a young boy who lives, breaths, and eats trains Told in form of vignettes, the reader gets a snap shot in each chapter of a day in Jimmy s life from 1943 until 1949 One interesting aspect is that they are always on a particular day All Hallows Eve, which also happens to be his father s birthday This fascinating novel gives the reader a glimpse into a time and place [...]

    25. A coming of age story set in a Rowlesburg WV from 1943 to 1949 The Cannon men have always worked on the steam engines at the Balti Oriole railroad Jimmy can hardly wait to grow up and take his turn as a machinist His father keeps warning his boys that the era of the steam engine is coming to an end and that a good education will give them options, but Jimmy s older brothers Bill and Mike both quit school at sixteen to work on the engines The book shines a light on boyhood night time mischief, f [...]

    26. Slayton conveys the bittersweet passage of time in this debut historical fiction novel Each chapter represents a different year between 1943 and 1949, and tells the short story of a day in the life of Jimmy Cannon Jimmy grows up in small town Rowlesburg, West Virginia, the son of a railroad man Jimmy struggles to understand his strict and mysterious father, at the same time his father, William Patrick, grapples with his own issues including failing health and the death of the steam engine Each y [...]

    27. Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadTooWHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS follows Jimmy Cannon through four years of his life in the railroad town of Rowlesburg, West Virginia Jimmy grows up before the reader s eyes as he struggles to come to terms with his changing world From Halloween pranks, to football games, to secret societies, Jimmy rushes through life like one of the steam trains he loves But the lessons he learns will stay in his mind and heart long after the train whistle is silent And they wi [...]

    28. When the Whistle Blowsby Fran Cannon SlaytonRowlesberg is a small town where it s easy to get in trouble at least that is, for Jimmy and his friends They spend nights wreaking havoc on the local sheriff and upperclassmen, and days sneaking around gathering clues and ammunition that fuel their nighttime activities This fabulous novel goes from one Halloween to another in the life of Jimmy and his family Of course, the fact that each event takes place on such a spooky holiday lends to its suspense [...]

    29. I am finding it hard to put my feelings for this book into words I thought it was an a amazing book One thing that I can point out that I absolutely adored was the way that the book was written The story takes place in West Virginia many years ago and I am not sure if they still talk that way now but back then they had some improper language And Im not talking about cursing, though I am sure they did that too, but it was just the way they talked For instance they say dagburn a WHOLE lot through [...]

    30. This was a touching, almost bittersweet glimpse into the seasons of one young boy s coming of age in a small, Railroad town in post WWII West Virginia I thought it was incredibly creative of the author, to write each chapter as a day in the life Oct 31 to be exact of subsequent years in the protagonist s life At first glance, it reads like a collection of short stories, but looking deeper, one finds a strong continuity in the protagonist, Jimmy, and his relationship with his father and other key [...]

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