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Cold War anxieties play out in a sensitively told story set during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, perfect for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine.

Joanna can’t get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it.

But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba—and that’s where Sam’s heading. Suddenly Joanna’s worries about being home alone, building up the courage to talk to a cute boy, and not being allowed to go to the first boy-girl party in her grade don’t seem so important. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise.

The tense timeline of the Cuban missile crisis unfolds alongside a powerful, and ultimately hopeful, story about what it means to grow up in a world full of uncertainty.

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  • “A quietly tense story set during the Cuban Missile Crisis…[Joanna] learns how to muster courage during a time of accelerated, unwanted change. Rosengren’s judicious use of details evokes a strong sense of the 1960s, and while some readers will already be aware of how history played out, they’ll find it easy to share Joanna’s feelings of nervousness, helplessness, and hope.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rosengren’s depiction of the Great Depression from a child’s perspective rings true…Sensitive and engaging.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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About the Author

Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago and earned a BA in creative writing at Knox College. As a girl, books were among her best friends and inspired her dream of writing for children someday. Following graduation, she worked as an advertising copywriter. She never outgrew her passion for children’s books, however, and when the opportunity presented itself, she joined the staff of the children’s and young adult services departments of her local library in Illinois. She worked there for several years enthusiastically sharing her love of books with young people while raising three young people of her own. Today Gayle lives just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband Don and their slightly neurotic rescue dog, Fiona.