Thursday, July 8, 2010

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Franny's life is full of problems. Her teacher has stopped calling on her in class for some reason. Her former best friend Margie is making fun of her and has become close with another girl instead. Her great uncle seems to be losing his mind and embarasses the family on a daily basis by reliving his war days. Her older sister Jo Ellen seems to have moved out and is working with a secret group. And on top of all that, everyone is living with daily fear about nuclear war and the possibility of attack on the United States now that there are warheads in Cuba. In addition to telling Franny's story, this book is full of pictures, songs and speeches from the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis which really make you feel the fear of that time in history.

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