Posted on June 25, 2013


by Deborah Wiles
Scholastic 2010
Middle Grade, Young Adult
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 the whole country is living in fear.

Book Trailers 1, 2, 3.

Read Chapter 1

Discussion Questions/Guides
Scholastic Discussion Guide. ATPE Book of the Month Club.

King County LibraryScholastic Booktalk.

Author Information
Deborah Wiles’ Website. Deborah Wiles’ Twitter. Editorial Anonymous Interview. Georgia Center for the Book.

Related Activities & Curriculum Connections
Multitext UnitPlaylist by Deborah Wiles. Reading Bowl Questions. Vocabulary.

Reading Levels
: 800. Accelerated Reader: Level 4.4. Reading Counts: Level 5.3.

. Booklist. Christian Science MonitorGoodreads. Kidsreads.comKirkus ReviewsNew York Public Library.
Blogs: The Brain Lair. A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea CozyElizabeth Bird on SLJEva’s Book AddictionReading Chick.


Other Books to Read
. Historical Fiction for Kids (Murray Library Pinterest Board)

Notable Children’s Books 2011 (ALA). Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2011 (NCSS). Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee 2011. Land of Enchantment Young Adult Nominee 2013-2014 (NM). Oregon Reader’s Choice Award Nominee 2012-2013.  Prairie Pasque Nominee 2012-2013 (SD).