This first novel from Nebula Award-winning short story writer Ellen Klages was picked as a Junior Library Guild selection and named a Book Sense #1 Children's Pick. It follows a young girl named Dewey, whose father is part of a super-secret project in 1943 Los Alamos. Dewey, a gifted scientist herself, slowly realizes the implications of "the gadget" her father is working on. She and Suze, another Los Alamos child, find comfort in each other's friendship. "An intense but accessible page-turner ... history and story are drawn together with confidence."-Horn Book Magazine, starred review
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"The quiet yet powerful story of 1940s Los Alamos saves an otherwise unremarkable audiobook. Julie Dretzin captures 11-year-old Dewey's timid genius and 12-year-old Suze's bravado in the face of war and change. From the time they arrive at "the Hill," the story follows the two girls as they observe their parents developing the first nuclear weapon. Dretzin's subdued tones mirror Klages's understated style but rarely elevate its subtle technique and emotion. The girls meet and grow closer over a long span of time, making it difficult to maintain the audiobook's intensity. Dretzin's descriptions of science and engineering are clear and unforced, but the story's impact, not the delivery, distinguishes this audiobook. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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