White Sands, Red Menace

White Sands, Red Menace

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Engrossing historical fiction from the Scott O'Dell Award-winning author of The Green Glass Sea! It is 1946. World War II is over, ended by the atomic bomb that Dewey Kerrigan's and Suze Gordon's scientist parents helped build. Dewey's been living with the Gordons since before the war's end, before her father died, moving south with them to Alamogordo, New Mexico. At the White Sands Missile Range, Phil Gordon is working on rockets that will someday go to the moon; at home, Terry Gordon is part of the scientists' movement against the Bomb. Dewey and Suze have conflicts of their own. Where does a girl who likes physics and math fit in? How do you know the right time to speak up and the right time to keep your head down? And, most important of all: What defines a family?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135.13 x 195.58 x 23.11mm | 267.62g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142415189
  • 9780142415184
  • 409,605

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* "First-rate historical fiction."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Sensitively portrays the early coming-of-age of two likable characters in a unique setting."--Kirkus Reviews A Junior Library Guild selection.
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About Ellen Klages

Ellen Klages was born a in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy.

"It teaches you to ask questions and think logically, which are useful skills for just about any job." she says. "But when I looked in the Want Ads under P, no philosophers. I've been a pinball mechanic, a photographer, and done paste-up for a printer.

"I've lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. The city wears its past in layers, glimpses of other eras visible on every street. I love to look through old newspapers and photos, trying to piece together its stories.

"I was at the Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum, working as proofreader, when they were looking for a science writer to do a children's science activity book. No science background, but I convinced my boss that in order to 'translate' from a PhD physicist, I had to ask lots of questions, just like a curious kid. I got the job.

"My desk was covered with baking soda, Elmer's glue, balloons, soap bubbles, and dozens of other common objects that became experiments, and the office echoed with the 'Science-at-Home' team saying, 'Wow! Look at this!'

"My co-writer, Pat Murphy, a science-fiction author, encouraged me to write stories of my own. I've now sold more than a dozen. "Basement Magic," a fairy tale set at the beginning of the Space Age, won the Nebula Award in 2005.

The Green Glass Sea is not science fiction, but it is fiction about science. And history and curiosity."

Ellen Klages lives in San Francisco. The Green Glass Sea is her first novel.
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Rocket this. Atomic-powered that. They are all the rage in the United States during the post-War era. Dewey and Suze have moved with Suze\'s scientist parents to New Mexico. Phil, Suze\'s dad, works endlessly on a new project -- a rocket that could eventually land on the moon while Terry, Suze\'s mom, obsesses over her mission against the Bomb which both she and Phil created. Dewey and Suze love working on \"the wall\" in their new bedroom. They tinker, build, and add more and more to the carefully constructed contraptions, even though girls aren\'t supposed to be interested in things like that. When Dewey\'s long-lost mother shows up, Dewey struggles to understand the meaning of family. Take a trip back in time and be fascinated by people and events that created history and helped shape the world as we know it.show more
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