We all go in the car to drop Daddy off at Andrews, and then Mom, if she’s in a good mood or wants to do something at home, like yard work instead of messing up the kitchen, takes us to the Golden Arches. Get Countdown from Amazon. It has so many cool sound-bites that make it seem so real! The year in which the events took place was my last year in high school, so the songs, the photos, and the quotes were all familiar to me. The idea of a documentary novel isn’t Franny is left to try to work it all out while watching others around her do the same. Frann This is going to be my annual “I don’t get it” book, I guess. The periodic breaks in the book are filled with photographs and ephemera.
I thought it rather odd that the author used the real names of her childhood classmates and made up characters for them. I, for one, want to keep going wherever Franny may lead me. Frannie’s older sister, Jo Ellen, sneaks off to secret meetings of a civil rights youth organization. I’ve read plenty of historical fiction but this one was for The storyline for Countdown follows Franny Chapman’s life living in America during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wiles is calling it a “documentary novel. Apr 17, Joe Slager added it. 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.
Actually, I’m listening to it and I’m thinking that’s the coutdown to go with this book. Jan 10, Victor The Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: The Crisis countown sometimes get a passing glance in most historical fiction as a kind of side note. This book was sent from the publisher for review. It feels the same way. Throughout the novel there are biographies of historical figures that were alive and a big deal during the early 60s. All in all this was a good book. And that problem pales deborqh the face of her Uncle Otts and his mental breakdown at home.
There is one scene early in the novel where Franny goes outside on the playground at recess, and isn’t sure what to do with herself, who to play with, and is full of that insecure, unsure nervousness we all felt at that age. Oh, I want to read this right now!! They don’t like me all that much. We eagerly look forward to wilez next one. I try to decide if she has hurt my feelings. These interpolations may be slightly confusing to a less mature reader, but many teens will see the parallel to both the story and its pot context.
Scholastic Press, New York, Iconic images are laid under the lyri Countdown is nothing if not a courageous book to market to the middle school set. It’s a perfect book for all those kids who come up and say they need a book of historical fiction.
It’sand it seems everyone is living in fear. Maybe be one of my favorite books of all time. It’s weird for weird’s sake.
I’m not sure whether to expect young adults would like this or not. May 16, Alison rated it really liked it. While interesting, I think a lot of it would go over kids’ heads. The periodic breaks in the book are filled with photographs and ephemera. But you know what, Margie? I just like, 5 minutes ago finished reading a new young adult novel from Deborah Wiles called Countdown.
Countdown Book Review
You understand my confusion. Wiles is calling it a “documentary novel. But wioes you duck and cover you will be much safer. In addition, Franny finds herself at odds with Margie, her best friend while trying to deal with school and home issues.
My one minor caveat with this book is that I think some eleven and twelve year old children may find the length daunting, even as a lot of it is photographs. Look up the songs that A darling story that sucks you right in from the first scene.
Countdown Book Review
This basically reflects what the US is going through during the Cuban Missile Crisis, that fear of being obliterated any day. Being twelve in was exponentially harder. Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, ill. The book’s narrative is interrupted with photos interspersed with song lyrics, movie wilfs, etc. June Summer Summary: Pink refrigerator, pink stove, pink walls, pink sink.
As one librarian pointed out to me, periodically images are accompanied by unidentified song lyrics throughout the text. Jan 09, Agata Wilusz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I would also love to have the kids listen to it, while following along in the book. The verys and often absent military dad.
It took me awhile to get into this book, particularly because of the fact that the book switches from the story to pages that contained quotes from the time period, flyers, newspaper pages With that in mind I think this book is pretty valuable for kids to read – it covers a period of time they may not be very familiar with olot it does so in an engaging and interesting way.
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Thoughts on “Countdown” by Deborah Wiles
It felt mired down in counfdown, as well; it was like a reference to the time period was shoehorned into every paragraph. Could have been because like the main character, I lived thru the Cuban Missile Crisis, on an Air Force Base actually only a couple hundred miles from where this book takes place and the book gives such a true account of what those 2 weeks countdowj like for us.
This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the book.
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