“An unassuming masterpiece.” 
      —Kirkus, starred review

“This is nostalgia done right . . .”
     —School Library Journal, 
starred review

“[When the Whistle Blows] is a growing up novel that includes scenes reminiscent of Richard Peck's Long Way from Chicago and has a classical mannerism that will steam its way on to state award lists all over the country. . . This novel is fresh, smart, witty, warm, well-written, funny. . . an amazing novel.”
      —School Library Journal’s Diane Chen, (American Library Association board member)	
“With wit and warmth Fran Cannon Slayton recounts a steam-driven coming of age story in the last of the real railroad days.”
—Richard Peck, Newbery Award winning author of A Year Down Yonder

“‘When the Whistle Blows’ is reminiscent of classic tales by Jack London, William Golding and Robert Louis Stevenson, yet carries the remarkable, fresh voice of its author. Fran Cannon Slayton should be extremely proud of this, her debut novel.”
 –- Ellen Hopkins, National Book Award finalist and bestselling author of Crank and Identical

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