Franny Chapman is growing up in the middle of the Cold War. She has the typical problems of an eleven year old but she also has to deal with her sister's Ellen mysterious activities, her Uncle Ott's condition, and of course, the fear that any day a nuclear bomb might fall. Emma Galvin infuses Franny with a voice full of the angst of a girl on the cusp of adolescence and with the fear of disaster. The stiking audio documentary sequences which are very effectively used more than make up for the lack of photographs included in the print version. This is the first of a trilogy and it is a real audio treat. Ages 10+ Maria E. Gentle
It is 1962 and eleven year old Franny Chapman is worried about her friendship with best friend Margie, why her teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez doesn't call on her to read aloud, her older sister Jo Ellen's mysterious new friends, and what will happen if the Soviet Union strikes the United States with nuclear missiles. Told with gentleness and good humor, Franny's story is enriched by images and words taken from the period, which provide a real sense of the times.