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Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
“Fran Slayton's When the Whistle Blows tells the story of a railroading family in 1940s West Virginia, when steam engines were king. But the wheels of progress bring the diesel engine and, with it, the end of a way of life. This is an engaging and moving portrayal of changing times in a small mountain town.”
— Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Meet a town and a train and a time and a boy--Jimmy Cannon. And meet his father--as strong as a Mallet locomotive--whom Jimmy simply cannot figure out But who, in a dramatic and unexpected twist, turns out to be so much more than Jimmy ever knew. In a book that goes to the core of boyhood--its Halloween mischief, its hunting day mystery, its championship football game surprise, and its nighttime adventures--Fran Cannon Slayton brings her listeners to the breathtaking crossroads of an unforgettable West Virginia railroad town, a family that matters, and adulthood itself.