Parents' Guide to

London Calling

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Chilling, moving time-traveling ghost tale.

Book Edward Bloor Fantasy 2006
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This immensely satisfying novel will remind fans of author Edward Bloor's first book, Tangerine. It has similar complexity, empathy for the downtrodden, and sweet revenge scenario in which the bullies get what they so richly deserve. A fascinating historical element enriches the tale. While many aspects of World War II have been addressed in children's books, including the evacuation of children from London, rarely has the life of ordinary Londoners who stayed behind been depicted so intriguingly -- and horrifyingly.

The book is not without its flaws. The only marginally likable adult is Martin's father, a sad sack, helpless alcoholic who is kind -- which gives him a leg up on any other adult here. And the revenge scene, so enjoyable in its way, is marred by a laughable lack of consequences. But these are quibbles that will barely be noticed in such a moving and satisfying story.

Book Details

  • Author: Edward Bloor
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication date: October 15, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 289
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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