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White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages
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Jul 20, 09

Read in July, 2009

This book chronicles the life of two girls, Suze and Dewey, through the year of 1946, the year after the end of WWII. Suze's parents and Dewey's dad had worked on the atomic bomb. Dewey's dad is hit by a car and dies leaving Dewey without any family. Suze's family takes her in and moves to Alamagordo, New Mexico to live for a year while Suze's dad continues to work on rockets confiscated from the Nazi's during the war. Suze and Dewey are different from the other girls and have difficulty making friends - they like art and science and understand what really happened when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The book follows them through the school year and how they adjust to making friends in a town that they know they will leave in one year.

This historical fiction novel deals with an era that not much is written about - the time between the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War. It also deals with a time when girls were supposed to be interested in only family, movie stars, and beauty. This is an excellent book to show girls the importance of and contributions to science that they can make. I would recommend this to 7th-9th graders.
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