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by Wiles, Deborah.

Format: Book on CD 2011
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Audiovisual Collection j CD Wiles
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Children's Audiovisual Collection
 
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Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult YA CD/BK FIC WILES
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA CD/BK FIC WILES
 
 
Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Audiovisual CD YA WIL
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Audiovisual
 
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* More than a few books have been written about growing up in the early 1960s, but Wiles takes her story, the first in the Sixties Trilogy, to an impressive new level by adding snippets of songs and speeches and contemporaneous black-and-white photographs to the mix. Drawing on her own experiences during this turbulent time, Wiles' stand-in is 11-year-old Franny Chapman. Living near Andrews Air Force Base, close to Washington, D.C., Franny and her classmates are used to air-raid drills, where they practice how to duck and cover. Worries about a nuclear disaster become concrete when President Kennedy announces Russian missiles are in Cuba, and the tension ratchets up for 13 days in October 1962. But, at the same time, life goes on, and while rumors of war swirl, Franny must also deal with family issues, including a shell-shocked uncle who embarrasses her, an older sister with secrets, and a best friend who has eyes for someone else. Dealing with fear is one of the book's themes, and the dramatic ending takes this issue on in both macro and micro terms. 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. Many readers will find this on their own, but adults who read bits and pieces aloud will hook kids. They'll eagerly await the next installments.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wiles heads north from her familiar Mississippi terrain (Each Little Bird That Sings) for this "documentary novel" set in Maryland during the Cuban missile crisis. Eleven-year-old Franny, a middle child, is in the thick of it-her father (like Wiles's was) is a pilot stationed at Andrews Air Force Base. Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routine, and when watching President Kennedy's televised speech announcing the presence of missiles in Cuba was an extra-credit assignment. Home life offers scant refuge. Franny's beloved older sister is keeping secrets and regularly disappearing; her mother's ordered household is upended by the increasingly erratic behavior of Uncle Otts (a WWI veteran); and Franny's relationship with her best friend Margie is on the brink as both vie for the same boy's attention. Interwoven with Franny's first-person, present-tense narration are period photographs, newspaper clippings, excerpts from informational pamphlets (how to build a bomb shelter), advertisements, song lyrics, and short biographical vignettes written in past tense about important figures of the cold war/civil rights era-Harry S. Truman, Fannie Lou Hamer, Pete Seeger. The back-and-forth is occasionally dizzying, but the striking design and heavy emphasis on primary source material may draw in graphic novel fans. Culminating with Franny's revelation that "It's not the calamity that's the hard part. It's figuring out how to love one another through it," this story is sure to strike a chord with those living through tough times today. Ages 9-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Juvenile fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- 1961-1969 -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- History -- 1961-1969 -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher [New York] :Listening Library,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Galvin, Emma.
Listening Library.
Participants/Performers Read by Emma Galvin.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr., 20 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780307879653
0307879658
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