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The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
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Jul 12, 08

bookshelves: caudill2009, historicalfiction, kids, strongfemalecharacters, scottodellaward
Read in July, 2008

Dewey and Suze are two unusual girls who have been plucked from their regular lives and plunked down in Los Alamos - a place that doesn't appear on maps because it doesn't officially exist. Dewey's father and both of Suze's parents are involved in a project revolving around something only called "the gadget." What Klages has done here is give the reader a very specific window through the eyes of the two girls on to this period of history. Mostly told in the typical third person past-tense narration alternating between Dewey's and Suze's points of view, a few of Dewey's sections are told in the present tense which gives them a powerful feeling of immediacy. The tone of the entire book is somewhat contemplative and melancholy, particularly towards the end as it becomes apparent that the gadget is viable but will only bring about the end of the war with great cost. The Green Glass Sea would work well both for units on World War II and for book discussion groups.
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