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A gadget-obsessed engineering prodigy who is a girl? Unusual, to say the least — but the year is 1946 and this girl is growing up in a post-WWII scientific community with the Cold War looming. As someone who rarely reads historical fiction and has only a lukewarm interest in atomic physics or rocket science, I have to hand it to Ellen Klages for creating middle-grade fiction that is so gripping and so thought-provoking that I cannot wait for her next project. Be sure to get White Sands, Red Menace into the hands of every scientifically inclined young person in your life!
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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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"Picking up a year after the close of The Green Glass Sea, this strong sequel finds Suze and Dewey (short for Duodecima) living near Los Alamos with Suze's scientist parents, who with Dewey's late father had helped build the atom bomb. In the aftermath of Hiroshima, Suze's mother has begun organizing scientists against war, while her father throws himself into his work to maintain the U.S.'s edge over the Soviets and 'Uncle Joe.' This tense drama weaves family conflict with difficult political history: after a Thanksgiving dinner, Suze discovers that the guest her father has invited, an ex-Nazi who is now his colleague, helped run a German bomb factory where 20,000 slave laborers died. Equally gripping are the ongoing, rarely voiced struggles at home, not just between the parents but between the girls and their uneasy rivalry for Suze's mother's attention and affection. Klages has a gift for opening moral dilemmas to middle-graders — she includes (and sources) just enough information to engage her readers without detracting from her characters' emotional lives. Once again she offers up first-rate historical fiction. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The atomic bomb that ends World War II ushers in new worries for 12-year-old Suze Gordon and her friend Dewey Kerrigan. In this sequel to the acclaimed "The Green Glass Sea," the girls are settling into the rocket-testing town of Alamogordo, N.M. Suze's parents, who both worked on the bomb, now seem to be following divergent paths. Her mother wants to educate the public about bomb-related dangers,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Klages has a gift for opening moral dilemmas to middle-graders....[F]irst-rate historical fiction." Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"Every bit as powerful as its predecessor." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

In this sequel to The Green Glass Sea, it is 1946 and Dewey Kerrigan is living near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Gordon family. Meanwhile, Dewey and her sister, Suze, share secrets, art, and science as they adjust to high school in an isolated desert town.

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It is 1946, and the events of The Green Glass Sea have changed the world — and Dewey Kerrigan's life. She's now living near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Gordon family. Dr. Gordon is working on rockets that will someday go to the moon; Mrs. Gordon is working on stopping the Bomb. Meanwhile, Dewey and her sister, Suze, share secrets, art, and science as they adjust to high school in an isolated desert town. Then, like a different kind of dropped bomb, Dewey?s long-lost mother, Rita Gallucci, reappears in their lives. And she wants to take her daughter away.

About the Author

Ellen Klages lives in San Francisco, California.

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Brian Grouhel, May 16, 2013 (view all comments by Brian Grouhel)
White Sands, Red Menace was a thoroughly enjoyable book. Had I not noticed on the inside jacket cover that this was a youth story, I would have been hard pressed to figure that out. About two young girls growing up in Alamogordo, New Mexico at the dawn of the rocket age and learning how to live with the bomb. The author has woven historical fact into an enthralling story that depicts what life in the late 1940's might have been like for the two main characters. After reading this book and enjoying it so much, I will now look for Ms. Klages' first book and give that one a read also.
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It’s such a pleasure to read a sequel that lives up to and possibly even surpasses the original. White Sands, Red Menace, Ellen Klages’s follow up to The Green Glass Sea is a wonderful continuation of Suze Gordon and Dewey Kerrigan’s story.

When The Green Glass Sea ends, Dewey’s dad has died and the Gordons have taken her in. With World War II over and the atom bomb no longer a secret, they move from Los Alamos to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where Suze’s dad is one of the General Electric scientists working with the Army to perfect a rocket that can go into space and carry a nuclear bomb. After seeing the results of their work in Los Alamos, Suze’s mom, Terry Gordon, works to let the world know of the dangers of atomic bombs. She’s fighting a rising tide of Americans’ fascination with all things atomic.

Suze and Dewey are starting all over again at a new school and hoping to fit in better than they did at Los Alamos. They have each other, but they hope to make new friends as well. Klages has done a masterful job of capturing the time period and the small town in New Mexico in which the story takes place. It was a time when kids had a lot of freedom to roam, time on their hands and not a lot of money or electronic attractions. This often meant they had to get creative to kill their boredom.

Dewey’s interest and ability in science pairs well with Suze’s interest and ability in art. In their attic room, they go to work on a wall that showcases both their talents. The story moves at a leisurely pace that’s somewhat like the slow summer days the girls experience at the beginning of the book, and I found myself matching my reading pace to their exploits. I also found myself dreaming of a time that was simpler in many ways and more complicated in others.

There are also plenty of family dynamics for mothers and daughters to discuss: the tension between Suze’s parents as her mom becomes more pacifist and her dad is caught up in the atomic craze. The tension between the two girls over parental love and attention and what makes a family. The tension between whites and those of Mexican descent in this small New Mexican town. It all adds up to a great book to read and talk about.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670062355
Author:
Klages, Ellen
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20081002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.52x5.82x1.12 in. 1.03 lbs.
Age Level:
09-11

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"Staff Pick" by ,

A gadget-obsessed engineering prodigy who is a girl? Unusual, to say the least — but the year is 1946 and this girl is growing up in a post-WWII scientific community with the Cold War looming. As someone who rarely reads historical fiction and has only a lukewarm interest in atomic physics or rocket science, I have to hand it to Ellen Klages for creating middle-grade fiction that is so gripping and so thought-provoking that I cannot wait for her next project. Be sure to get White Sands, Red Menace into the hands of every scientifically inclined young person in your life!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Picking up a year after the close of The Green Glass Sea, this strong sequel finds Suze and Dewey (short for Duodecima) living near Los Alamos with Suze's scientist parents, who with Dewey's late father had helped build the atom bomb. In the aftermath of Hiroshima, Suze's mother has begun organizing scientists against war, while her father throws himself into his work to maintain the U.S.'s edge over the Soviets and 'Uncle Joe.' This tense drama weaves family conflict with difficult political history: after a Thanksgiving dinner, Suze discovers that the guest her father has invited, an ex-Nazi who is now his colleague, helped run a German bomb factory where 20,000 slave laborers died. Equally gripping are the ongoing, rarely voiced struggles at home, not just between the parents but between the girls and their uneasy rivalry for Suze's mother's attention and affection. Klages has a gift for opening moral dilemmas to middle-graders — she includes (and sources) just enough information to engage her readers without detracting from her characters' emotional lives. Once again she offers up first-rate historical fiction. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Klages has a gift for opening moral dilemmas to middle-graders....[F]irst-rate historical fiction."
"Review" by , "Every bit as powerful as its predecessor."
"Synopsis" by , In this sequel to The Green Glass Sea, it is 1946 and Dewey Kerrigan is living near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Gordon family. Meanwhile, Dewey and her sister, Suze, share secrets, art, and science as they adjust to high school in an isolated desert town.
"Synopsis" by , It is 1946, and the events of The Green Glass Sea have changed the world — and Dewey Kerrigan's life. She's now living near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Gordon family. Dr. Gordon is working on rockets that will someday go to the moon; Mrs. Gordon is working on stopping the Bomb. Meanwhile, Dewey and her sister, Suze, share secrets, art, and science as they adjust to high school in an isolated desert town. Then, like a different kind of dropped bomb, Dewey?s long-lost mother, Rita Gallucci, reappears in their lives. And she wants to take her daughter away.
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