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Countdown by Deborah Wiles
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    meggyweg: Both books deal with the mid-20th century Cold War era from a child's point of view.

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Been wanting to read this for a long time. It is great so far. Interesting how it weaves real history into each chapter of the fictional story. ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
The first book in a trilogy, this story is set in the 1960's. It tells about one family's experiences during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The protagonist, Franny, is 11 years old and understands very little of what is happening in the world. Her old sister has secretly become involved in the civil rights movement and her uncle who lives with them is hard at work building a nuclear fallout bunker. Franny struggles to figure out what is going on and to make sense of her life, while also dealing with the normal struggles of being an 11-year-old girl. ( )
  Meliss8065 | Jul 12, 2018 |
Cuban Missile Crisis

This is a book you can get lost in for a while. Countdown is more of an experience than a book. With photocopies of news clippings, images of important people, song lyrics and famous quotes mixed in, you find yourself transported to the 1960s in a suburb outside of Washington D.C. during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 12 year old Franny’s best friend is giving her the cold shoulder, her younger brother is perfect, her older sister is never home, and her father is in the Air Force, frequently getting hushed calls and leaving quickly as the fear of a nuclear crisis mounts.
  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
This story follows Franny Chapman as she lives during the Cold War. The story shows the turmoil within the family as the oldest daughter secretly becomes involved with the civil rights movement, the uncle suffers with PTSD and emotional issues related to WWII, and Franny must deal with changes in friendships. The author brings in photographs and articles that are relevant to the times. This provides a nice mix of both fiction and non-fiction elements. ( )
  Pfefferk | Apr 23, 2017 |
When reading this book, you completing immerse yourself in the 1960s. With headlines, songs, and style, readers are immersed into the 1960s in the United States. The text layout, pictures, quotes/speeches and drawings enhance the story of what life was like during the Cuban Missile Crisis. This book would be great to use when teaching about the Cuban Missile Crisis

Recommended for middle school grades. ( )
  SraSpoer | Feb 16, 2017 |
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The story of a formative year in 12-year-old Franny Chapman's life, and the life of a nation facing the threat of nuclear war.

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.

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"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 the whole country is living in fear..."--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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