Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Year of the Bomb by Ronald Kidd
Paul and his best friends spend every weekend watching horror movies while at school they practice hiding under their desks in case of a nuclear attack. When the boys discover that the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is going to be filmed right in their own town they can't believe their good luck. They spend every day watching the filming and become friends with a young woman who is an extra in the film. But the boys begin to discover that there are lots of serious things happening in their town as well. One of the "actors" in the movie is actually an FBI agent there to investigate a possibly communist threat at the local college. Oz's dad used to work on movies but has been blacklisted and is out of work. And Paul's own dad won't talk about his job but he seems so upset by it that he spends every night staring at the TV and not talking.