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Author(s): Deborah Wiles
Series: Sixties Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Jan 11, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.33 hours)
Product Number: Z100023748
Released: Jan 11, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307879684
Narrator/s: Emma Galvin
Publisher: Listening Library
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Description

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 how to deal with what's going on with her family and friends. But somehow she's got to make it through. Award-winning author Deborah Wiles has created a documentary novel that will put you right alongside Franny as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. It is an experience you will never forget.

Professional reviews

"The audio format strengthens the setting of the first book in Wiles's Sixties Trilogy. Emma Galvin narrates the convincing first-person story of 11-year-old "Army brat" Franny. Galvin expresses both Franny's fierce exterior and her inner fears concerning her shell-shocked uncle, her secretive sister, and her fading friendship with her best friend, as well as the threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Additional strength comes from the production's periodic clips, which deftly portray the era: a recording of a Khrushchev speech, a static-filled BBC report, cartoon character quotes, bits of sixties songs, and the ticking of a movie projector as an announcer provides directions for how to "duck and cover." These evocative auditory montages add to the authenticity of the setting and serve as social commentary that seems almost as important as the novel's characters. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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