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Something About Me and My Book:
My name is Fran Cannon Slayton and I am the author of When the Whistle Blows (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, June 2009), which is a coming of age novel about a boy growing up in a 1940's railroad town and his Halloween adventures from the ages of 12 to 18 as he discovers more and more about his father, who is a member of a secret society.

Reviews of the debut novel WHEN THE WHISTLE BLOWS (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, June 2009)

“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, author of Crank and Identical and National Book Award finalist

“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, author of A Year Down Yonder

“[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."
—Diane Chen, American Library Association board member and School Library Journal blogger

“I loved When the Whistle Blows.”
—Barbara Keifer, Charlotte S. Huck Professor of Children’s Literature at Ohio State University and editor of Charlotte Huck’s on Children’s Literature college textbook.

“A highly engaging, well-written, really good read.”
—Dr. Joel Taxel, University of Georgia, Department of Language and Literary Education

“From its whip-smart opening to its look at the complexity of father/son relationships, Slayton’s loving novel takes a long hard look at the death of people and that intangible idea of ‘home’ . . . ‘When the Whistle Blows’ stopped me in my tracks.”
—Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production (School Library Journal)

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At 5:10pm on December 6, 2011, Fernando Sobenes said…

Hello Fran. My name is Fernando Sobenes and I want to invite you to read the prologue and the first two chapters of my novel: "The Evil Visitor" in my blog The Evil Visitor

Also you can watch the book trailer.

Best regards,


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