White Sands, Red Menace

White Sands, Red Menace

by Ellen Klages


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142415184
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: The Gordon Family Saga Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 277,620
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Ellen Klages was born a in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy.

“It teaches you to ask questions and think logically, which are useful skills for just about any job.” she says. “But when I looked in the Want Ads under P, no philosophers. I’ve been a pinball mechanic, a photographer, and done paste-up for a printer.

“I’ve lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. The city wears its past in layers, glimpses of other eras visible on every street. I love to look through old newspapers and photos, trying to piece together its stories.

“I was at the Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum, working as proofreader, when they were looking for a science writer to do a children’s science activity book. No science background, but I convinced my boss that in order to ‘translate’ from a PhD physicist, I had to ask lots of questions, just like a curious kid. I got the job.

“My desk was covered with baking soda, Elmer’s glue, balloons, soap bubbles, and dozens of other common objects that became experiments, and the office echoed with the ‘Science-at-Home’ team saying, ‘Wow! Look at this!’

“My co-writer, Pat Murphy, a science-fiction author, encouraged me to write stories of my own. I’ve now sold more than a dozen. “Basement Magic,” a fairy tale set at the beginning of the Space Age, won the Nebula Award in 2005.

The Green Glass Sea is not science fiction, but it is fiction about science. And history and curiosity.”

Ellen Klages lives in San Francisco. The Green Glass Sea is her first novel.

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White Sands, Red Menace 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Sequel to The Green Glass Sea. This book continues the story of Dewey and Suze, brought together by the war and the Atomic Bomb. Both of their fathers worked on the bomb together, but Dewey's dad died, which left Suze's family with the choice to take her in. They're in a new town with new situations and things are not exactly happy after the war. Overall, I love the characters and the time period, a period that is not written about often - post WWII.
framberg on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Klages follow-up to Green Glass Sea finds her protagonists, Dewey and Suze, in White Sands, New Mexico, where Suze's father works on building rockets and her mother joins other concerned scientists to educate the world about the dangers of the atomic bomb. Dewey and Suze navigate a new school, where neither of them fit the expectations for girls in that time, and their relationship, which is complicated by Dewey's closeness with Suze's mother. Tensions never really get out of hand, nor are the ethical issues about the bomb, speaking up for what you believe, and American rocket science's unholy collaboration with Nazis, given thorough treatment. While it was a pleasure to revisit these characters and to see them mature, I was left wondering about the next step in their lives, especially knowing that the second wave of the feminist movement was still far off. Suze and Dewey - and Mrs. Gordon, for that matter - face challenges and choices that would be interesting to follow.
delphica on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Very satisfying sequel to Green Glass Sea, Suze and Dewey are now teenagers starting high school in Alamogordo after the war while Suze's father is working on Werner von Braun's rockets. If possible, I liked the girls even better than in Green Glass Sea. It's a great demonstration of characters aging well. They're still recognizable as the same kids from the first book, but have changed and grown in realistic and believable ways.The downside - one of the things I loved the most about Green Glass Sea is how neutrally issues are presented, at least on the surface. As a reader, you really get all the tools to draw your own conclusions about the development of the atomic bomb. White Sands, Red Menace is a little more blatant about which side is right. Dr. Gordon's anti-nuke campaign is obviously passionate and caring; whenever her husband Dr. Gordon gets some air time for the opposing view, he sounds like a ninny. Okay, now it sounds like I am complaining about not loving The Bomb enough. Even though I agree with Terry, it comes across as too preachy for me.Grade B+Recommended: Definitely to anyone who enjoyed Green Glass Sea. And these should be read in order. They should get some sort of prize for Best Use Of Historical Settings for Telling a Story - Los Alamos for the first, and Alamogordo for this one.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 7 months ago
WWII is over, and Dewey Kerrigan is living with her friend Suze's family in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Dr. Phil Gordon is developing space rockets, and Dr. Marjorie Gordon is trying to educate people about the evils of the atomic bomb. Then Dewey's long-lost mother appears.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The sequel to "The Green Glass Sea" sees Suze and Dewey living in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where Dr. Gordon is working on rockets. Mrs. Gordon is heavily involved in the anti-atomic movement and anxious to return to her own work in Berkeley. Meanwhile, the girls are coming to terms with each other and finding new friends.This doesn't have quite the weight of the first book, nor the mystery (for the girls, and quite possibly for young readers) of what is being made on the Hill. Nevertheless, it is an interesting look at a little-known time and an interesting coming-of-age tale. The Atomic Age has begun, television is just around the corner, and their world is changing in many ways, large and small.
jkrossner on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sequel to "The Green Glass Sea" and equally excellent. (Longer review at bn.com.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the first and second book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is its called the green glass sea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked white sands red menace better than the green glass sea. I felt the topics were really interesting as well as the green glass sea. The books are must reads and some of my favs. Totally recommended to anyone 9-10 and up!!!!!! Buy it now!!!!!!!!! Read the green glass sea first though. Read NOW!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just fineshed reading it and its amazing i wish there was a anther book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really did a great job of continuing the story and connecting the reader to real historic events.
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Julie Harrison-Mullany More than 1 year ago
A very good book for all ages! She producesna just as great book as before she finishes with a astounding sequal!
jkr More than 1 year ago
Dewey and Suze's story (see review of "The Green Glass Sea") continues, after the Bomb has exploded and after World War II has ended. The girls are well into adolescence now, and their involvement in the larger world deepens as issues such as gender roles, race, and the political implications of science come more explicitly into focus. If that makes the book sound too heavy, or heavy-handed, for its intended audience, fear not: Klages's lovely writing and character development are still primary. While the book is serious and at times heart-breaking, appealing perhaps to a slightly older group of readers than its predecessor, the messages never overwhelm the people or their stories. In fact, to my taste the best part of the book was the depiction of Suze and Dewey's deep and complex friendship as they support and nurture (and sometimes envy and come into conflict with) each other's very different talents and characters. This is a thoroughly worthwhile sequel, and I have no hesitation in recommending both books to any young (or older) reader capable of engagement with material of this intelligence and depth.
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Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
It's such a pleasure to read a sequel that lives up to and possibly even surpasses the original. White Sands, Red Menace, Ellen Klages's follow up to The Green Glass Sea is a wonderful continuation of Suze Gordon and Dewey Kerrigan's story. When The Green Glass Sea ends, Dewey's dad has died and the Gordons have taken her in. With World War II over and the atom bomb no longer a secret, they move from Los Alamos to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where Suze's dad is one of the General Electric scientists working with the Army to perfect a rocket that can go into space and carry a nuclear bomb. After seeing the results of their work in Los Alamos, Suze's mom, Terry Gordon, works to let the world know of the dangers of atomic bombs. She's fighting a rising tide of Americans' fascination with all things atomic. Suze and Dewey are starting all over again at a new school and hoping to fit in better than they did at Los Alamos. They have each other, but they hope to make new friends as well. Klages has done a masterful job of capturing the time period and the small town in New Mexico in which the story takes place. It was a time when kids had a lot of freedom to roam, time on their hands and not a lot of money or electronic attractions. This often meant they had to get creative to kill their boredom. Dewey's interest and ability in science pairs well with Suze's interest and ability in art. In their attic room, they go to work on a wall that showcases both their talents. The story moves at a leisurely pace that's somewhat like the slow summer days the girls experience at the beginning of the book, and I found myself matching my reading pace to their exploits. I also found myself dreaming of a time that was simpler in many ways and more complicated in others. There are also plenty of family dynamics for mothers and daughters to discuss: the tension between Suze's parents as her mom becomes more pacifist and her dad is caught up in the atomic craze. The tension between the two girls over parental love and attention and what makes a family. The tension between whites and those of Mexican descent in this small New Mexican town. It all adds up to a great book to read and talk about.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Rocket this. Atomic-powered that. They are all the rage in the United States during the post-War era.

Dewey and Suze have moved with Suze's scientist parents to New Mexico. Phil, Suze's dad, works endlessly on a new project -- a rocket that could eventually land on the moon while Terry, Suze's mom, obsesses over her mission against the Bomb which both she and Phil created.

Dewey and Suze love working on "the wall" in their new bedroom. They tinker, build, and add more and more to the carefully constructed contraptions, even though girls aren't supposed to be interested in things like that. When Dewey's long-lost mother shows up, Dewey struggles to understand the meaning of family.

Take a trip back in time and be fascinated by people and events that created history and helped shape the world as we know it.