On the Blue Comet

By Rosemary Wells
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

"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.

  • Character stars as well as plot, featuring a strong and highly sympathetic young male protagonist as well as an independent young female heroine
  • Features fun cameos and references to glamorous celebrities of the past such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ronald Dutch Reagan, Joan Crawford, and more
  • Perfect for train-lovers

About the author

Rosemary Wells is an author and illustrator of picture books and has written many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including Mary on Horseback, a biography of Mary Breckenridge that won the Christopher Medal. While researching a historical novel about the Civil War, she came upon a 200-word fragment by Willie Lincoln about a trip taken with his father, and the idea for Father Abraham was born. She lives in Connecticut.

ISBN: 9780763658151
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Dimensions: 130 x 193mm, 336pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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