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Countdown by Deborah Wiles
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Jan 17, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, historical-fiction-picture-books
Read in January, 2011

This was a really fun book to read. The infusion of the documentary-type pictures, quotes, and biographies made it even more interesting than the story line. I read in acknowledgements that she started this book as a picture book and eventually wrote the novel around the pictures and events of the Cuban Missle Crisis. She even based most of the story on actual places and people she grew up with as a military child. I am looking forward to the other two books in this "Sixties Trilogy" and will be curious to see if the same family is used in the next book.

A quote to remember in this book:
"It's not the calamity that's the hard part. It's figuring out how to love one another through it - that's the hard part. Or maybe that's the easy part. I don't know yet." Now THAT would be an interesting reader's response topic! Let's see what teenagers today consider a calamity compared to real-life calamity of the 60's.
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