Engrossing historical fiction from the Scott O'Dell Award-winning author of The Green Glass Sea!
It is 1946. World War II is over, ended by the atomic bomb that Dewey Kerrigan's and Suze Gordon's scientist parents helped build. Dewey's been living with the Gordons since before the war's end, before her father died, moving south with them to Alamogordo, New Mexico. At the White Sands Missile Range, Phil Gordon is working on rockets that will someday go to the moon; at home, Terry Gordon is part of the scientists' movement against the Bomb. Dewey and Suze have conflicts of their own. Where does a girl who likes physics and math fit in? How do you know the right time to speak up and the right time to keep your head down? And, most important of all: What defines a family?
Picking up a year after the close of The Green Glass Sea, this strong sequel finds Suze and Dewey (short for Duodecima) living near Los Alamos with Suze s scientist parents, who with Dewey s late father had helped build the atom bomb. In the aftermath of Hiroshima, Suze s mother has begun organizing scientists against war, while her father throws himself into his work to maintain the U.S. s edge over the Soviets and Uncle Joe. This tense drama weaves family conflict with difficult political history: after a Thanksgiving dinner, Suze discovers that the guest her father has invited, an ex-Nazi who is now his colleague, helped run a German bomb factory where 20,000 slave laborers died. Equally gripping are the ongoing, rarely voiced struggles at home, not just between the parents but between the girls and their uneasy rivalry for Suze s mother s attention and affection. Klages has a gift for opening moral dilemmas to middle-graders she includes (and sources) just enough information to engage her readers without detracting from her characters emotional lives. Once again she offers up first-rate historical fiction. Ages 10 up.
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It is a great book. One of my most favorite books I've ever read. What a great ending to end the two stores. I wish there was more
It is the best book I ever read