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By Deborah Wiles; Emma Galvin (Read by)

Listening Library (Audio), Compact Disc, 9780307879653

Publication Date: January 11, 2011


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.

Award-winning author Deborah Wiles has created a documentary novel that will put you right alongside Franny as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. It is an experience you will never forget.

About the Author
DEBORAH WILES is the author of the picture book "Freedom Summer" and three novels that are also available on audio from Listening Library: "Love, Ruby Lavender"; "The Aurora County All-Stars"; and "Each Little Bird That Sings," a National Book Award finalist. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Visit her online at