Juliet had hardly spoken to Lowell in weeks, or maybe he was the one who hadn’t spoken to her. Whichever way it was, she didn’t like it. So on Friday afternoon, even though she could see that Lowell was with his new friends, Mike and Tommy Lambert, Juliet hitched up her self-confidence like droopy kneesocks and crossed the alley to his yard.
“Wittlinger latches on to a poignant metaphor for war in this lively and readable tale set against the backdrop of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. . . . It’s a clever concept that keeps the proceedings fun even as the darker drama of potential world collapse provides a weighty element; young readers will be shocked to learn of Juliet’s daily prayers, including “Dear God, please don’t let the world end today.” A warm way to introduce the cold war.” –Booklist
“The Cold War underlies all, seeping into Juliet’s fifth-grade classroom discussions and also into the atmosphere of her friend’s underground bomb shelter. These details add realism and substance to an engaging novel.” –School Library Journal
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Simon and Schuster, 2010