Friday, April 29, 2011

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Not a Newbery book, although it was predicted to at least get an honor.

"A time that changed the world, a time that changed Franny's life. 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 how to deal with what's going on with her family and friends. But somehow she's got to make it through."

I REALLY enjoyed this book. The whole book takes place in the 13 days of the Cuban missile crisis. What makes this book really stand out, is the numerous photographs, ads, and pieces of historical information from this time in history throughout the book. In the last few chapters, there is a really exciting part that made me stay up way too late to find out what happens. I definitely think this was worthy of a Newbery.

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