When the Whistle Blows

May 21, 2009

whistleI received an ARC (advance reading copy) of When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton. The cover* didn’t blow me away and I probably would not have read it except it had several glowing blurbs and I’d read a rave review on the Fuse #8 blog. Ellen Hopkins (Crank,) compares it to Jack London, William Golding and Robert Louis Stevenson. It reminded me of the movie Stand by Me, but it’s been so long since I saw it, I’m not sure the comparison is apt. The book will be published in June and is in the catalog awaiting your holds. It’s a great, old fashioned story about family, friends, and change. I think it will be equally appealing to boys and girls who are looking for more a mellow read. Read a review of it here. Is it too early for Newbery buzz?

* interesting note on the cover: the cover image I swiped from Fuse #8’s Penguin preview post is more vibrant and has more contrast than my ARC cover.  The ARC cover is a big blop of browns in which the train completely blends in and there is no bright blue sky or pink clouds.  Hopefully they’ll go with the more vibrant cover.

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One Response to “When the Whistle Blows”


  1. Yeah … that cover … if the book sells, maybe they’ll release it in a more inviting edition. Not supposed to “judge” the thing that way, but who doesn’t?


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