Scholastic Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780545106061, 377pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Four starred reviews greeted this new, groundbreaking classic from Deborah Wiles!
It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Eleven-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.
Praise for Countdown:
* Wiles skillfully keeps many balls in the air, giving readers a story that appeals across the decades as well as offering enticing paths into the history.” - Booklist, starred review
* The larger storytold here in an expert coupling of text and design, is how life endures, even triumphs, no matter how perilous the times.” - Horn Book, starred review
* References to duct tape (then newly invented), McDonald's and other pop culture lend authenticity to this phenomenal story of the beginnings of radical change in America.” - Kirkus, starred review
* Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routinethis story is sure to strike a chord with those living through tough times today.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review