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Strasser, Todd

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
When an unthinkable nuclear attack occurs in an alternate-reality 1962, Scott is forced into his father's bomb shelter with his family and neighbors, where they rapidly consume limited supplies and fear the worst about the fate of the world outside.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. Advance reading copy
ISBN: 0763655341
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: 258 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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YA fiction - poses the question, 'what if?' the Cuban Missile Crisis was not resolved, and the US was attacked by nuclear weapons. An alternative history of the US.

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Mar 22, 2014
  • emmadragons rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I didn't like the way this book was written. The idea was great but really there in the bomb shelter then there not. Then a lame ending. I wasted my time with this book.

Feb 13, 2014
  • LibrLdyMapleValley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is intense and well written. It starts out with a terrifying scenario that even frightened me a bit and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 13. But for 13 and up it's an excellent choice.

Jan 08, 2014
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely a page turner and addresses a very interesting subject: what would have happened if Russia had nuked the US in the 1960s.

There are a lot of issues addressed in the book: race, authority, drinking, relationships, growing up, sexuality. While the main character is 11 I would say this is a 7th grade and up book. A lot of the topics I mention above are brought up in a subtle way at first and then discussed a little more thoroughly as the book progresses.

Highly recommended


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Feb 13, 2014
  • LibrLdyMapleValley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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