On the Blue Comet :: Book Sharing Monday - Eva Varga

April 25, 20111
by Rosemary Wells

While visiting the library a few weeks ago, my daughter stumbled across this book (in audio format) and she shared it with me, “Mom! Doesn’t this look like a book Buddy would like?”  I took it from her hands and read the excerpt on the back.

“Oscar Ogilvie, is living with his dad in a house at the end of Lucifer Street, in Cairo, IL, when world events change his life forever.  The great stock market crash has rippled across the country, and the bank takes over their home – along with all their cherished model trains.  Oscar’s dad is forced to head west in search of work, and Oscar must move in with his no-nonsense aunt Carmen.  Only a mysterious drifter who stops by each day for food after school helps alleviate Oscar’s loneliness – until Oscar witnesses a crime so stunning that it catapults him into a miraculous, time-hopping train journey.”

The story is filled with suspense and Hollywood stars and historical big-wigs are peppered throughout, it captivated all of us.  Set in 1929, with time-hops to the past and the future – the book provided many opportunities to discuss in more detail the historical events and the people that helped to shape our nation (the stock market crash, Rockefeller, Kennedy, Pearl Harbor, etc.)  This book was a lot of fun and educational as well.

[Admin Note :: While writing this review and reading the reviews on Amazon, I am intrigued to see the book’s illustrations.]

One comment

  • Cellista

    April 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    That looks like the perfect book for my oldest. Thanks for the recommendation!

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