It’s 1944, and war is raging in Europe and the Pacific.
Meanwhile, twelve year old Hazel is fighting her own battles somewhere in the
New Mexico desert. Life has gotten increasingly complicated and lonely since
Dad brought Mom and her to live on the Hill, an ugly place surrounded by a
chain-link fence and barbed wire. A brilliant physicist, he is working hard on
the Big Mystery, while poor Mom, who has always believed that secrets are bad
for the soul, has retreated into a world of her own.
A powerful, fictional account of the development of the
atomic bomb, this novel offers young readers no simple answers. It does,
however, give them plenty to think about as well as an intriguing story
populated by a background cast of some of the most important characters of the
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