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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fran Cannon Slayton Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781441826718
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Meet a town and a train and a time and a boy—Jimmy Cannon. And meet his father—as strong as a Mallet locomotive—whom Jimmy simply cannot figure out! But who, in a dramatic and unexpected twist, turns out to be so much more than Jimmy ever knew. In a book that goes to the core of boyhood—its Halloween mischief, its hunting day mystery, its championship football game surprise, and its nighttime adventures—Fran Cannon Slayton brings her listeners to the breathtaking crossroads of an unforgettable West Virginia railroad town, a family that matters, and adulthood itself. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Paul Mahofski | 2/9/2014

    " Inspired by Thomas and Beulah a book by Rita Dove and frequent stories from Slayton's father about the B&O railroad in Rowlesburg WV the reader will enjoy a chance to look at life in its simplest terms. Each chapter a short story exposes us to a time where money was scarce and a single industry would surround a town. The railroad was a constant in the life of Jimmy serving generation after generation but more then that we meet a small town that took care of one another. In sickness and health has real meaning be prepared for tears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed the last few chapters. My only criticism of this book is that I am not sure if kids and teens would like this book. Hope I am wrong! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 1/16/2014

    " Great story by local author -- having an interest in West Virginia helps too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afton Nelson | 1/8/2014

    " A coming of age story about the relationship between a father and son, eventually. Told over a series of All Hallows Eve's, the main character grows and comes to eventually understand his father and their complicated relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlan | 11/15/2013

    " Although this book was published for YA, I believe many adults would enjoy it thoroughly. It is a nostalgic look at a family where the father and older sons work on the railroad in a small W.Va. town in the 40s. The youngest son wants to follow in their footsteps despite his father's wise advice. Those who read Robert Morgan or Fred Chappell will like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dakota.peterscarrolltigers.org peters | 10/25/2013

    " I think the book was cool and funny because stubby's car was suppose to get hit by rotten food but they end up hitting a cops car "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiley | 7/31/2013

    " a gift from my grandma. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 6/15/2013

    " Very enjoyable -- love to read about fairly local settings (West Virginia, next door to us). The format was different, and it was a great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith Weaver | 5/1/2013

    " Humor, voice. Coming of Age book in WV with trains. Each chapter takes place on All Hallow's Eve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 3/5/2013

    " This is my debut novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2012

    " Each chapter offers a vivid All Hallow's Eve snapshot of Jimmy Cannon's family and his community in a small WV railroad town during the 1940s. The underlying theme of Jimmy's relationship with his father is beautifully depicted in this moving book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/5/2012

    " It is not Me and Caleb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 5/21/2012

    " Great, fun middle grade read! Cool vignette format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorcas | 1/27/2012

    " Good book. Story gets better as one reads it - nice ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mallory | 1/13/2012

    " I love the realism of this book. I could feel the character's emotions and actions play out in front of me as if I were watching a movie. I especially think that boys would enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Castellano | 11/23/2011

    " Great book, especially for boy middle schoolers. Regional story set in a West Virginia train town in the 40's and 50s, this book relates the tale of a boy and how he relates to his father as he grows up and his father ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 3/30/2011

    " Humor, voice. Coming of Age book in WV with trains. Each chapter takes place on All Hallow's Eve. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 12/23/2010

    " It is not Me and Caleb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackson | 10/18/2010

    " I thought it was O.K. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 8/20/2010

    " This was a great coming of age book. I liked the vignettes and the relationships among the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JB | 7/5/2010

    " Once you get used the style, the stories end up being touching and memorable. A cast of characters that belong on your classroom shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janssen | 4/19/2010

    " Reminded me a little of Rocket Boys/October Sky. Loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Fran Cannon Slayton

Fran Cannon Slayton is the author of the children’s book When the Whistle Blows. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.