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London Calling

by Edward Bloor

London Calling
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    Sep 2006, 304 pages
    Feb 2008, 304 pages

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A remarkable and deeply affecting novel about fathers and sons, heroes and scapegoats. About finding a way to live with faith and honor and integrity. Ages 12+

7th grader Martin is aimless and unhappy and, if not already there, well on his way to full blown depression. He hates his private Catholic school, his parents are separated, his father's an alcoholic and his mother "lives in the glorious past of her father and mother, and in the glorious future of her daughter and son"; but Martin feels oppressed by his family's "glorious past" and doesn't see anything glorious in his future. Things change when his grandmother dies leaving him a Philco 20 Deluxe radio that had belonged to his grandfather, and he starts to have strange, very real dreams about World War II London, dreams that he eventually realizes are real.

London Calling tackles some big topics and ethical dilemmas, including religion, alcoholism and what makes a hero. It also puts the contemporary human...

*Kennedy did not support Churchill's view that compromise with Nazi Germany was impossible, and instead sided with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement; he was also strongly anti-Semitic. He resigned as Ambassador in November 1940 when Roosevelt shifted from neutrality to a more aggressive anti-Germany stance. Later, Kennedy changed his position and supported Roosevelt's Lend-Lease proposal. His oldest son, Joe, was killed in a high-risk bombing attack over Germany in 1944.

Via the Lend-Lease program, the USA supplied the UK, and to a lesser extent other allied nations including China and Russia, with war materials in return for military bases overseas. Lend-Lease began 9 months after Pearl Harbor and was abruptly terminated by the US immediately after V-J day. Britain needed to retain some ...

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