Excellent, Intermediate, Gayle Rosengren, Cuban Missile Crisis, Chicago, 1960s, Cold War
Among the everyday struggles of an eleven-year-old, the TV announcement of President John F. Kennedy interrupts: Russia is threatening nuclear war. As the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolds and panic spreads rapidly through Joanna’s community, Joanna also faces conflicts closer to home: resenting her older brother for leaving her to enlist in the navy, feeling lonely as her single mother works all day, hoping for the attention of a cute boy, avoiding her scary elderly neighbor, and discovering her friend’s family problems. By the end of the week, the whole country breathes a sigh of relief as peaceful negotiations between leaders call off the war, and Joanna has chosen to forgive, to trust, and to empathize with others.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Cold War on Maplewood Street,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 37
, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol37/iss10/9