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The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

The Green Glass Sea (2006)

by Ellen Klages

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Even in Los Alamos, it's hard growing up a brainy girl. A growing up and making friends story set in an very unique place and time, told with lovely language and attention to detail. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
I found this book to be a very interesting read, in part because I live near one of the sister sites to Los Alamos. I enjoyed reading about what life was like in the secret government town and the sacrifices that family members made in support of the war effort. I liked how they included some of the moral objections with using the atomic bomb on civilians, which was used only due to the extreme set of circumstances in which the world found itself. I thought the story line flowed well and there was enough background information woven in to understand the story.
  BTPiglet | Jul 17, 2018 |
While her father works on the Manhattan Project, eleven-year-old gadget lover and outcast Dewey Kerrigan lives in Los Alamos Camp, and becomes friends with Suze, another young girl who is shunned by her peers.
  unsoluble | Jan 19, 2018 |
Two girls spend a year in Los Alamos as their parents work on the secret gadget that will end World War II. Dewey is a mechanically minded 10-year-old who gets along fine with the scientists at the site, but is teased by girls her own age. When her mathematician father is called away, she moves in with Suze, who initially detests her new roommate. The two draw closer, though, and their growing friendship is neatly set against the tenseness of the Los Alamos compound as the project nears completion. Clear prose brings readers right into the unusual atmosphere of the secretive scientific community, seen through the eyes of the kids and their families. Dewey is an especially engaging character, plunging on with her mechanical projects and ignoring any questions about gender roles. Occasional shifts into first person highlight the protagonist's most emotional moments, including her journey to the site and her reaction to her father's unexpected death. After the atomic bomb test succeeds, ethical concerns of both youngsters and adults intensify as the characters learn how it is ultimately used. Many readers will know as little about the true nature of the project as the girls do, so the gradual revelation of facts is especially effective, while those who already know about Los Alamos's historical significance will experience the story in a different, but equally powerful, way. ( )
  LynneQuan | Oct 16, 2017 |
Fabulous coming of age story, interwoven with the historical details of the atomic testing. ( )
  fred_mouse | Oct 11, 2017 |
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To Jane Heller, for childhood talks on the shelf and pearls in the creek.

To Delia Sherman, my writing sister, who knows when it's time to send the Goon.

And to my dad, Jack Klages, who lived through the war I've only read about.
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Dewey Kerrigan sits on the concrete front steps of Mrs. Kovack's house in St. Louis, waiting for her father.
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A backlist gem gets a brand-new look!

It's 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all--"the gadget." None of them--not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey--know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives.

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In 1943, eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan lives with her scientist father in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as he works on a top secret government program, and befriends an aspiring artist who is a misfit just like her.

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