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Cold War on Maplewood Street Hardcover – August 4, 2015

4.8 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

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Gr 4–6—Joanna, a sixth grader, is a normal girl living an ordinary life with the usual tween concerns in 1962. Her overblown, fear-filled imagination causes her to think that a new elderly neighbor is a witch with evil intentions. She imagines that a loud noise means a burglar might be breaking into her apartment. Played against her active imagination is the very real threat of nuclear war. She's concerned for her older brother who is in the Navy and whose ship might be part of the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Unfortunately, Joanna's personal story isn't enriched by larger context or details about the Cuban missile crisis. Her constant fearful responses to radio and newspaper reports, while understandable, will not translate to readers unfamiliar with the historic events. VERDICT An additional purchase, best used after reading a nonfiction account of the Cuban missile crisis.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY

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“A quietly tense story set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. . . . [Joanna] learns how to muster courage during a time of accelerated, unwanted change. Rosengren’s judicious use of details evokes a strong sense of the 1960s, and while some readers will already be aware of how history played out, they’ll find it easy to share Joanna’s feelings of nervousness, helplessness, and hope.”—Publishers Weekly

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“Rosengren’s depiction of the Great Depression from a child’s perspective rings true. . . . Sensitive and engaging.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The story triumphs in its small vignettes.” — School Library Journal

“Esther’s positive attitude offers a fine model for readers of this engaging historical fiction.” —Booklist

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  • Lexile Measure : 720L
  • Grade Level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0399171835
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0399171833
  • Product Dimensions : 5.74 x 0.76 x 8.51 inches
  • Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (August 4, 2015)
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Language: : English
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 10 ratings
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