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The Sixties Trilogy #1: Countdown

By Deborah Wiles   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545106061 Paperback
400 Pages | 5.28" x 7.57" | Ages 9 to 12

Four starred reviews greeted this new, groundbreaking classic from Deborah Wiles.

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall.

It's 1962, and it seems that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Franny doesn't know how to deal with what's going on in the world no more than she knows with how to deal with what's going on with her family and friends. But somehow she's got to make it.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Countdown

A Booklist Editors' Choice

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year

A National Council of Teachers of English Notable Book in the Language Arts

*"Wiles skillfully keeps many balls in the air, giving readers a story that appeals across the decades as well as offering enticing paths into the history." Booklist, starred review

*"The larger story told here in an expert coupling of text and design, is how life endures, even triumphs, no matter how perilous the times." The Horn Book, starred review

*"References to duct tape (then newly invented), McDonald's and other pop culture lend authenticity to this phenomenal story of the beginnings of radical change in America." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routinethis story is sure to strike a chord with those living through tough times today." Publishers Weekly, starred review


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