The Year of the Bomb

The Year of the Bomb

by Ronald Kidd

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ISBN-13: 9781416996255
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Ronald Kidd is the author of the highly acclaimed Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial, as well as On Beale Street. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O'Neill playwright who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Year of the Bomb 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Talk with kids today about the ¿red-scare¿, Russian spies, black-listing of actors and actresses and see what kind of reaction you get. We had a conversation regarding the red scare a few weeks ago and my students looked at me with blank faces. They had never heard of such a thing. The characters in this book have grown up with the ¿red-scare, bomb shelters and horror movies. They believe these things are all made up until¿. This is one of those books you need to read. I really like it. Maybe it is because I grew up during the red scare and horror movies like ¿Invasion of the Body Snatchers¿. I remember where I was the first time I saw it. I don¿t think I would go to the extremes the kids in this book went. They had quite the adventure. I am hoping my enthusiasm for this book will carry over to some of my students and that they will like it as much as I did.This is one of those books you need to read. I really like it. Maybe it is because I grew up during the red scare and horror movies like ¿Invasion of the Body Snatchers¿. I remember where I was the first time I saw it. I don¿t think I would go to the extremes the kids in this book went. They had quite the adventure. I am hoping my enthusiasm for this book will carry over to some of my students and that they will like it as much as I did.This is one of those books you need to read. I really like it. Maybe it is because I grew up during the red scare and horror movies like ¿Invasion of the Body Snatchers¿. I remember where I was the first time I saw it. I don¿t think I would go to the extremes the kids in this book went. They had quite the adventure. I am hoping my enthusiasm for this book will carry over to some of my students and that they will like it as much as I did.
hewayzha on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Having grown up in the Fifties, this book was fascinating. This was an entirely different world than the one I remember. It was not until I was in college that I knew how paranoid this country was back then.To see it through the eyes of these four kids is mind boggling. It was a harsh reality that I am glad I did not experience.Paul, Arnie, Oz and Crank are friends and absolutely love horror movies. They LOVE being scared. They think they are so very fortunate to have Invasion of the Body Snatchers being filmed in their very own town. They aren't so different from other kids their age. They argue amongst themselves, like burgers and ice cream. It isn't until they get involved with the filming that their differences come to the forefront. It is very interesting to see the changes in the characters as they meet the outsiders who come in to work on the film. What is happening in the background is far more scary the plot of the movie. FBI undercover agents are on the scene and Paul is having to play peacemaker with both his friends, while dealing with the horrible tension at home. The layers starting coming apart as the story unfolds.Some people never recovered from the terror of those times. It is horrifying to know that once again the United States could turn against its own citizens. I also found it fascinating that we could draw parallels with today's society. This is a novel that cannot be readily categorized. It is a portrait of America based on truth and is a chilling one. Even though the ending is bittersweet, it is a realistic one. I would definitely recommend this book as a candidate for YA book discussion groups. I wonder what kind of movie could be made from this book. I found this novel thought provoking and it is one that is a GOOD, solid read. If you can find the time to read it, I don't think you'll regret taking the time.
AndrewLaulis More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. It takes place in Sierra Madre a small town in California. It takes place during the Cold War. Paul is the narrator. He has problems in his family. People are shooting a movie. The boys watch them film it. It's a horror movie. They meet an FBI agent. They spy on a man they think is up to no good. I recommend this book to people who like mysteries.
AlexCayton More than 1 year ago
The story "The year of the bomb" takes place in Sierra Madre in the 1950's. You have to understand that nothing happens in Sierra Madre. The 4 main characters: Paul, Crank, Oz, and Arnie love horror movies. Then one day in a book store Oz finds out that they are filming a movie in Sierra Madre! But in the mean time Russia is a big threat. What the boys find out is shocking! The actors are really undercover agents,looking for someone. The boys want to be agents too, so they help some of the ACTORS, that they made friends with. This book is a mystery/adventure type book, I like it a lot. I recommend this book to people who like movies.