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Four starred reviews greeted this new, groundbreaking classic from Deborah Wiles! 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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Jbakesmcgee3
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Didn‘t get as far as I wanted to but I read a lot of great books!!! #24in48 #12.5hours

hes7 Nice! 🎉 6mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
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24in48
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Four. Weeks. The next #24in48 is less than a month away! Are you signed up yet!? Hop over to the link in our profile to join us if you haven't already. #24in48readathon #bookstagram #bookworm #readallday [Image description: A black and white photo of a bookshelf, with the number 4 overlaid on top of the image.]

wordslinger42 I'm signed up & can't wait 😄 And I'm participating in a #24B42019 readathon as my warmup for 24in48 😁 7mo
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Eggs
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The elusive TBR register...
TBR purchased on Kindle: 40
TBR Kindle samples: 53
Litsy TBR: 336 !!

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Kaye
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Highly recommended . This is shelved as YA, but it'd be a great read for any age. It's much different than any book I've read before . I think I've heard it described as a documentary novel. It combines the headlines,music, tv, foods,etc from the 50s, and the story of a girl in 5th grade during the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Educational, yet a fun read, it tells of a turbulent time in our country. Excellent in print and audio both. Book 1

Eggs I remember crawling under our desks; part of Civil Patrol. As if that flimsy desk would protect you from nuclear missiles... 2y
Kaye We went out in the hallways against the walls tucking our heads down with our hands covering our heads. I guess they didn't know what else to tell us to do back then. Good thing we never actually had to find out. 2y
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KGlibrarian
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Loved this YA documentary novel that follows an introspective 5th grader through her daily struggles in the midst of the tension-filled 60s.

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Eggs
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Setting: Andrews Air Force base in 1962. This was a fun read. I was 10 yo in 1962 and lived through the Cuban missile crisis, crawling under our desks for bomb drills, the ever present threat of nuclear annihilation, JFK, among others. Franny Chapman tries to understand what's going on in the world as well as navigate what's happening with her family and friends.

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ClairesReads
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's a little younger than I usually engage with, but the History teacher in me loved the historical photographs and quote interspersed in the narrative. On the whole, Wiles did a pretty excellent job of convey the fear of the Cuban Missile Crisis through a child's eyes, and surprised me with complex characters like Uncle Otts

brendanmleonard Looks great - I will read anything about the CMC. 3y
ClairesReads @brendanmleonard yeah it was a cool read! 3y
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ClairesReads
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JFK ❤️

angrylilasian These words are still needed today. 3y
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ClairesReads
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Still rings true today...

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ClairesReads
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When the HOD says "read this"...

angrylilasian I loved this one! The 2nd one is in my TBR pile. 3y
ClairesReads @angrylilasian good to hear, I've only just started it so far but I'm liking the format already. 3y
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There are always scary things happening in the world. There are always wonderful things happening. And it‘s up to you to decide how you‘re going to approach the world…how you‘re going to live in it, and what you‘re going to do.