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On the Blue Comet

On the Blue Comet

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline


On the Blue Comet

About the Book

"An entertaining evocation of silver-screen and steel-train glamour." — The New York Times Book Review 

In the wake of the Crash of 1929, Oscar Ogilvie’s life is changed forever. His dad has to sell their house and cherished model trains and head west in search of work, leaving Oscar lonely and miserable in the care of his aunt. Then he meets a mysterious drifter and witnesses a crime so stunning it catapults him on an incredible train journey from coast to coast, from one decade to another. Filled with suspense and peppered with witty encounters with Hollywood stars and other bigwigs of history, this captivating novel resonates with warmth, humor, and the true magic of a timeless adventure.

Product Details

On sale: September 11, 2012
Age: 10 and up
Grade: Grade 5 & Up
Page count: 336 Pages
ISBN: 9780763658151
Reading level: Lexile: 730L | Fountas/Pinnell: U

Author Bio



Ibatoulline's full-color, atmospheric Norman Rockwell-like vignettes enhance the nostalgic feel of this warm, cleverly crafter adventure.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)