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Authors

Deborah Wiles

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780545106054

Pages

377 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

800L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Military families; Mental illness; father in the military; uncle in the military; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother, father, and uncle

Awards

Audie Award, 2012, Finalist, Children's Titles(for Up to Age 8)
Author Awards, 2012, Winner, Juvenile Book
Goodreads Choice Award, 2010, Nominee, Middle Grade
Magnolia Award, 2013, Winner, Non Fiction
Prize for Design and Printing, 2011, 1st Place, Best in Category - Young Adult Hardcover Fiction
Booklist Editors' Choice: Audio for Youth, 2011
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction Audiobooks for Youth, 2012
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2012
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2011
Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss, 2013 Middle School
School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books, 2011, Nominee
SIBA Book Award, 2011, Winner, Young Adult
Amazon Editors' Picks: Top 10 Books, 2010 Children's Middle Grades
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 Twelve to Fourteen
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2010
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2010 Fiction Middle Grade
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2011
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2010
Lasting Connections, 2010 Social Studies
Notable Children's Books, 2011 Older Readers
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2010 Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2010

Keywords

Cuban Missile Crisis; bomb threats; Air Force; bomb safety; precautions; safety; Maryland; 1960s; veteran

Diversity Impact

indirect

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