Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

COUNTDOWN, by Deborah Wiles

It’s 1962, and people are scared.  Franny and her classmates are used to air-raid drills, where they practice how to “duck and cover”, and when President Kennedy announces that missiles are being smuggled into Cuba, it feels like the end of the world is at hand.  But Franny has to go on living just the same, trying to deal with her “nearly perfect” (and annoying) younger brother,  her older sister who’s up to something dangerous, and her father’s work as a pilot on the plane flying into the face of danger.  This was a good story, made even cooler by all the black-and-white pictures and newspaper coverage from the time.  Check it out if you want to see what was different when your parents were growing up…and what was the same!


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