Countdown

Countdown

eBook - 2013
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"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 the whole country is living in fear."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Incorporated, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780545455497
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (377 pages) : illustrations, maps

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abigail_b_13
Aug 25, 2017

I loved this book. As well as having a good story to it, it is based on true events. This book tells you so much about what happened during that time. It is a great book if you love history. The story is relatable in some parts about her friend and family problems. After every chapter of the story, there are photos, quotes and information about every time period of the story. My favorite character is Franny because no matter what is happening around her, she can still continue with normal life. With all the information it can get a little confusing, so when you read it you have to be focused.

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Fanatic_Reader27
Jun 30, 2015

Man oh man, I have enjoyed this so much it's a little silly... I'm stuck in the sixties but was born in 2000!!! So this book is perfect for me, I love Nancy Drew, I love my record collection, I love the modesty of girls my age back then and I loooove Franny!!! Franny is soooo cuuute, makes me think of me with her lil Nancy Drew collection!!! Can't wait to read the sequel, and this year the third one shooouuuld come out!!! Hope I was a help!😁

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emmadragons
Jan 19, 2014

Its actually a very interesting book .With quite a few twists . A good read i recommend it.

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DeltaQueen50
Apr 28, 2012

If the words Duck and Cover, Nancy Drew, Sing Along With Mitch and the Cuban Missile Crisis all bring memories of a strange and tense time, then you may wish to read Countdown by Deborah Wiles, which cracks open a small window on that era. Perhaps you didn’t live through that time, but wish to know more, then I would still recommend this enjoyable story.

As seen through the eyes of an endearing eleven year old girl, this book covers the last two weeks of October, 1962. The whole country is living with the fear of the BOMB, and the COMMUNISTS. Franny is afraid as well, but she also has other problems on her mind. Her best friend is pulling away from her, her sister is strangely absent, getting involved in university affairs, and her slightly crazy uncle seems to be ready to fly off his rocker. To top it off, an old neighbourhood boy moves back after being gone a year and he gives Franny, along with all the other Grade Five girls, a definite flutter.

Interspersed into the story are essays on current affairs, newspaper clippings, pictures and catch phrases of the day. Through these we see the evolvement of the Cuban Missile Crisis and catch a glimpse of the ongoing struggles of the Civil Rights Movement and even the early introduction of military advisors to Viet Nam. I was the exact age of Franny during this time period, and felt an immediate attachment, Her priorities are mixed in with these very adult, very real situations. However, this isn’t a story of total gloom and doom, the author has a light, humorous touch and makes the whole Chapman family very real and believable. Told in a straightforward slice-of-life style, this engaging story breathes life into a time when the world tottered on the edge of nuclear war.

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lives4series
Dec 06, 2011

This book was so AWESOME! I didn't even know about the Cuban Missile Crisis before I read it, but I know almost everything now. I also loved learning about daily life in the 60s.

kathymclellan Oct 19, 2010

a very fun read, especially for anyone who was between the ages of 4 and 14 in 1962.

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