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Countdown (The Sixties Trilogy Series #1)

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Great book about the early 60's!

    Countdown Scholastic Press, 2010, 377 pp $17.99
    Deborah Wiles ISBN978-0-545-10605-4

    It's 1962 and Franny is living in a country on its toes. Kennedy has just announced that the Soviet Union has sent nuclear missiles to Cuba, which might be able to reach as far as Washington D.C.. 5th grader Franny's world is falling apart. Her sister is no where to be found, her uncle is reliving an old war- on their front lawn. Her mother is annoying, her brother is the star child, a cute boy isn't helping, and everyone is terrified of a bomb killing them all. All she keeps hearing from everyone is, "That means duck and cover fast wherever you are. There's no time to look around and wait! If there's a flash, duck and cover! And do it fast."
    Countdown, reminds me of what it was like to be a 10-year-old, but with a twist of time. Don't be turned off by the young protagonist because this is not just a novel, but a documentary of the early 1960's as well. This puts you into their world. In between the chapters, there are stories, pictures, newspaper articles, or songs from the time period. This was probably my favorite part of Countdown. It also makes the book entertaining for an older reader. There were several scenes where I could remember doing something just like what Franny was doing. I was cast back into my 5th grade year, trying to be cool, getting the cute boys (even though I was way too young) and dealing with family. The character growth was just like real life, which I thought was interesting, because most of the time authors tend to cram a lot of growth into a short book. Wiles makes it natural.
    Overall I enjoyed Countdown. I would recommend it to anyone 11 or 12 year's old or older. As an older reader I loved it because it reminded me of being young, but a younger reader might adore it because they can relate to it. Even though the main character is a girl, I think boys would like it as well. Another reason I fancied it was because I have never read a book written in this time period. I have never heard of another book about the Cuban missile crisis. I think that I might have appreciated this book because it mentions the problems in the world. The world will never be perfect, we will always have issues, but we need to learn from our past to move forward, and stop history from repeating itself.

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