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This is a really good book! I may be bias, because like the main character Franny, I grew up in Maryland. My father was in the Air Force. And I can remember having complicated relationships with my friends. Because I love history, and history is so intertwined into this story. But it's more then that. It's a great story about a young girl who finds her faith in her family, and herself. I'm 49 years old, and I loved this book. I'm going to make sure I get a copy to my granddaughter. Kids of all ages will love "Countdown".
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I listened to this, thinking this book would be good for my freshmen studying the Cold War era. It was fabulous. One of the highlights was the sound effects of the war -- ranging from the atomic bomb to old-fashioned filmstrip audio about how kids could "protect" themselves if an atomic bomb fell. Emma Galvin did a wonderful job capturing Franny's heartfelt feelings and misgivings, as well as the adventure story in her narrative. Interdispersed throughout the book were mini-biographies of leaders during the era. Deborah Wiles also captured the food, manners and bygone customs so well. I highly recommend this book for ages 10 and up. It is perfect for a history class studying this era.
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