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 surprises, 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.
"Jimmy, his father and the townsfolk have unique, compelling voices that nicely convey the sense of small-town America during and after World War II." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is nostalgia done right....A polished paean to a bygone time and place." (School Library Journal)
"An unassuming masterpiece." (Kirkus Reviews)
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