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The story of a formative year in 12-year-old Franny Chapman's life, and the life of a nation facing the threat of nuclear war.

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. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.

by Deborah Wiles

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2010
  • Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult 11+
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545106052
  • ISBN-13: 9780545106054