Monday, March 21, 2011

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton

Jimmy, the main character, tells several stories about his life growing up in West Virginia, all of which take place on All Hallow's Eve. Life in his town revolves around the railroad and he hopes to quit school and join the railroad crew himself as soon as possible. But his father tells him that change is going to come and working for the railroad is a dead end job. Jimmy recounts many stories through the years including the time his father helped to board up the school, the time he and his friends threw rotten cabbages at the sheriff's car, and the secret wake for a dead family member.

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