Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Can you imagine a novel for kids about ghosts, time travel, WWII history and Christian religion? I've recently read one that incorporates all of those things into the plot, and does so seamlessly. London Calling by Edward Bloor is about a Catholic boy who is transported to London, England before the United States entered the Second World War. Bloor does an excellent job of also transporting the reader to that time and place.
I was fascinated by the characters and the exciting story and couldn't put the book down until I finished reading it.
Although some people, especially those who lived during those times, might not like the iconoclastic statements by some characters about famous leaders like Churchill, FDR, and the Kennedys, London Calling manages to combine fantasy and religion in a way that shouldn't offend anyone. And nobody is likely to disagree with the book's emphasis on the importance of helping others and doing as much good as we can.