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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Wiles Narrator: Emma Galvin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sixties Trilogy Release Date:
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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 that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Franny doesn’t know how to deal with what’s going on in the world—no more than she knows with how to deal with what’s going on with her family and friends. But somehow she’s got to make it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wiles scores with both context and character.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routine…This story is sure to strike a chord with those living through tough times today.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wiles skillfully keeps many balls in the air, giving readers a story that appeals across the decades as well as offering enticing paths into the history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The larger story…told here in an expert coupling of text and design, is how life endures, even triumphs, no matter how perilous the times.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Wiles’s ‘documentary novel,’ based on her own childhood memories and the first in The Sixties Project trilogy, has a striking scrapbook feel…References to duct tape (then newly invented), McDonald’s and other pop culture lend authenticity to this phenomenal story of the beginnings of radical change in America.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • Selected for the Summer 2010 Kids' Indie Next List
  • A 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2010 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Children

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molly | 2/12/2014

    " This was very interesting -- I really liked the news clippings and historical part of it. I liked the story about Franny too -- I'm not sure how much kid appeal this will have, but it was very well done, and should be a good classroom book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kenna | 2/5/2014

    " The whole concept of this book is unique. There is a storyline of a young girl living in 1962. Throughout the book is photographes and articles of people and events of the 60's which really gives the reader the feel of the time period and teaches a lot of American history also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janssen | 1/31/2014

    " I wanted to love this one and I thought the format was very cool, with the images and songs and posters from the 1960s sprinkled in. But the story itself did just about nothing for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Clark | 1/22/2014

    " I found this book to be extremely interesting. I loved the pictures as it brought back fond memories of growing up. I remember air raid drills but not the seriousness of the situation. I liked how history was integrated with the fictional story of Franny and her family. One minor detail is bothering me: I don't remember McDonald's placing food on trays and eating food at tables in 1962. I thought McDonald's was a carry out restaurant at that time. Anyone remember?? I am anxious for the next book in the trilogy. "

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