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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (724 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Bloor Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Martin Conway comes from a family filled with heroes and disgraces. His grandfather was a statesman who worked at the US embassy in London during WWII. His father is an alcoholic who left his family. His sister is an overachieving Ivy League graduate. And Martin? Martin is stuck in between—floundering.

But during the summer after seventh grade, Martin meets a boy who will change his life forever. Jimmy Harker appears one night with a deceptively simple question: Will you help?

Where did this boy come from, with his strange accent and urgent request? Is he a dream? It’s the most vivid dream Martin’s ever had. And he meets Jimmy again and again—but how can his dreams be set in London during the Blitz? How can he see his own grandather, standing outside the embassy? How can he wake up with a head full of people and facts and events that he certainly didn’t know when he went to sleep-—but which turn out to be verifiably real?

The people and the scenes Martin witnesses have a profound effect on him. They become almost more real to him than his waking companions. And he begins to believe that maybe he can help Jimmy. Or maybe that he must help Jimmy, precisely because all logic and reason argue against it.

This is a truly remarkable and deeply affecting novel about fathers and sons, heroes and scapegoats, about finding a way to live with faith and honor and integrity, and about having an answer to the question: What did you do to help?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] tale of historical intrigue and wrongs righted…Martin’s determination and the vivid scenes of London during the Blitz are sure to appeal.”


  • “This genre-defying novel incorporates mysticism steeped in Martin’s Catholic faith and a present-day trip to London that connects two troubled father-son relationships across the decades.”


  • “Observant teens will appreciate the contrast between Martin’s and Jimmy’s lives, particularly with the personal problems that they both strive to overcome. There is a bit of something for everyone in this novel, with its elegant blend of contemporary teen angst, time travel, and history.”


  • “Superbly narrated by actor Robertson Dean, Edward Bloor’s novel will interest young adult readers with its deft blend of history and science fiction.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Martin is introduced to a maze of mysterious parallels and alternating times and places, all of which are kept straight through the strong narration of Robertson Dean. Dean shifts accents easily as Martin time-travels to Jimmy’s world, Blitz-filled London of 1940. Dean’s resonant tones have a haunting quality for a tale that has otherworldly elements and a dream-like mission that may bring redemption to several characters.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Victoria | 2/17/2014

    " This book was amazing. I absolutely loved it...i could not put it down...it was so interesting...the story was well thought out and moved along quite well... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Judy | 2/10/2014

    " Good storyline, but it wasn't as good as I thought it could be. I wish there had been more about the dream/time travel to 1940 and less about the school. With so much time spent on the happenings at the school, the ending felt a bit rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven Kent | 2/7/2014

    " Not Bloor's best work, but still an interesting story and a vivid introduction to World War II era London. Bloor is a treasure among authors for young readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracie | 2/4/2014

    " A young boy travels back in time and ends up using this experience to heal on an old perceived wrong, change his relationship with his father and find strength within himself. Bloor is such a good writer/storyteller that I had to finish despite this not being a story I really enjoyed. The details about England, London in particular, during WWII were very well placed and relevant. "

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