Thursday, November 14, 2013

First BBC Radio Broadcast: Books About the Radio

On this day in 1922, 2LO radio station, broadcasting in London-- the first broadcast of what would become the BBC. To celebrate, let's look at some books with radios.


London Calling by Edward Bloor. Martin's wondering where he belongs in a difficult family and an even more difficult school situation. But then a radio lets him travel through time to relive the London Blitz. What he discovers will blow the lid off several family secrets. The time travel sounds hooky, but it's not in this dense and layered novel.

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. When her junior independent study project doesn't get approved, Chloe's left scrambling. She ends up working with the school radio station and hosting a call-in show.

As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway. Our nameless protaganist is just a normal guy, until he meets Anna, the new girl in town. Anna's written an obituary for everyone in town. Anna likes codes-- especially the one developed by the Houdinis and is obsessed with the numbers stations. But then, Anna disappears and her dress found by a hole in the ice. But is she gone? And if she is, where?


The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson. Set in Scotland in an alternate 1930s, where Napoleon won Waterloo, the Hanseatic League still exists, and spiritualism is real and you can talk to ghosts through radio waves, Sophie and her friend Mikael are investigating the mysterious murder of a famous medium when they realize the plot goes much, much deeper than they ever imagined and has ties to the highest levels of government.

The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney. Janie is trying to balance life in her two families, and missing her boyfriend. Reeve is away at college and a DJ at the college radio station. To fill dead airtime, he starts telling Janie's story, not thinking about the consequences for her. The third in a series, start with The Face on the Milk Carton.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills. Gabe has always been a guy, even if he was born an Elizabeth. He's transitioning, but doesn't have support from his family or the kids at school. His one outlet is as a DJ for a very popular radio show, but when a fan of the show recognizes Gabe as Elizabeth, things get ugly, fast.

What radio books would you add to the list?

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1 comment:

  1. An interesting book on an interesting era of radio is 'Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves, Revised Edition '.
    Doug Wheeler


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