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The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
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Jul 29, 08

bookshelves: accelerated-reader, caudill-2008-09, children-4-6
Read in July, 2008

It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father at Los Alamos, New Mexico, the site of the development of the atomic bomb. Over the next few years, Dewey gets to know eminent scientists, starts tinkering with her own mechanical projects, becomes friends with a budding artist who is as much of a misfit as she is; and, all the while, has no idea how the Manhattan Project is about to change the world.

Excellent characters, realistic relationships between Dewey & Suze (and the other characters); well-developed plot. Note: much mention of smoking and drinking (not uncommon during the 1940s and 1950s.)

Needs an author's note to explain the Manhattan Project. I don't know that there's enough of an explanation given of what the scientists are doing that readers will understand this is about the development of the atomic bomb.

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