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Deborah Wiles

Biography

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book FREEDOM SUMMER and three novels: LOVE, RUBY LAVENDAR; THE AURORA COUNTY ALL-STARS; and EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS, a National Book Award finalist. Her father was an air force pilot, and her family was stationed in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the Glee Club, was a champion speller, and hated Field Day.

Deborah Wiles

Books by Deborah Wiles

by Deborah Wiles - Children (Ages 8-10), Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction
It's Freedom Summer, 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north, who are coming to help people register to vote. Meanwhile, Sunny's house is being invaded, too, with a new stepfamily crowding her life. Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the story of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what's right.
by Deborah Wiles - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 11+

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. 12-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family and look beyond outward appearances.