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Juliet lives in a small town in a house attached to the grocery store her parents own. Just like I did. I was fourteen in 1962 when President Kennedy went on television one October evening to announce that the United States was on the brink of nuclear war. For a week we were terrified, listening for approaching bombers, crawling under desks at school, wondering if those families with bomb shelters would live while the rest of us died.
In THIS MEANS WAR! The Cuban Missile Crisis is the background for a smaller neighborhood warone between the boys and the girls to prove which group is stronger, faster, braver. As with the larger crisis, the neighborhood tests soon get out of hand, progressing from foot races and Twist contests to dangerous challenges. Where is the line between bravery and foolishness? What does it mean to be a hero?
Contest: What singer popularized The Twist song and dance craze? What name did he record under and what was his real name? Winners will be randomly chosen to win signed copies of THIS MEANS WAR! Send your answers (and addresses) to firstname.lastname@example.org and please put "Twist Contest" in the subject line.
This Means War! / Ellen Wittlinger / Simon & Schuster Children's
Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1416971016 / Published: April, 2010
Ages 9-14 / Middle-grade fiction
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