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Countdown | Deborah Wiles
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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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Eggs
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Audio. This was essentially my childhood and tween years...but we had basements (not for bomb protection), not fallout shelters. We hid under our desks for bomb drills, lived through Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis, assassinations of 2 Kennedys and MLK, and I watched the famous 1969 moon landing on the B & W tv. The audio had tv/radio news blurbs etc-really took me back. #bookspinbingo

TheBookHippie This trilogy is a favorite of mine ! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Eggs @TheBookHippie yay! I must read the third one now! 2y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks 🤗🙏🏻🤗 2y
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A few people asked about Countdown. Here are a few pictures from the inside.

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Emilymdxn You're making me really want to read this one! Stacked 2y
SiameseCatsRead @Emilymdxn Doesn't it look fantastic?!? 2y
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COUNTDOWN is my favorite YA book that helps teens understand that era. The book mixes fiction along with non-fictional aspects of everyday life during the time period. It also includes beautiful, historical pictures for teens to see who the "characters" in the book are. I found myself calling/texting my mom (born in 1950) asking about things from her generation as I read through the book. #INTEGRATEYOURSHELF @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

ChasingOm Oh wow, that sounds RIGHT up my alley! 2y
SiameseCatsRead @ChasingOm It's the first in a trilogy. I highly recommend it. The first book starts around the Cuban Missle Crisis, so a little past your given era, but wow what a great read. It covered JFK's election, etc. I can't quite remember all historical events it covered, but I can tell you, the pictures are amazing. This book is a coffee table-sized book, so you get a lot of picture for your buck! Let me know if/when you read it! 2y
Emilymdxn Sounds like an awesome important book! 2y
SiameseCatsRead @Emilymdxn I loved it especially for the pictures. The plot was ok, though I do like how it wove itself about current situations (main character goes through an air raid drill, etc). It's a good starting point for YA readers to learn more about these eras. 2y
SiameseCatsRead @ChasingOm and @Emilymdxn I created a spoiler post and tagged you both. It contains pictures from the book. 2y
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First book in the 60s trilogy.. This first one covers the year 1962 and the Cuban Missal Crisis. It‘s not the stories that I like about these books, it‘s how the author infuses pages and pics from history as you read the story. They allow you to relive this time in the past. I still want to know how other generations view these books. Born in the sixties, I really like these books. Get out your 45s and listen!

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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! 🎉 4y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 4y
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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 😁 4y
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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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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. 6y
ClairesReads @brendanmleonard yeah it was a cool read! 6y
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JFK ❤️

angrylilasian These words are still needed today. 6y
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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. 6y
ClairesReads @angrylilasian good to hear, I've only just started it so far but I'm liking the format already. 6y
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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.