Pay a visit to the Green Glass Sea

January 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages; published by Viking, Penguin Young Readers Group, New York; 2006.

Dewey Kerrigan has bounced from relative to relative but is finally going to live with her father in a secret location in New Mexico.  She enjoys inventing “gadgets” out of scraps and discovers that her father has been working on a gadget himself—the atom bomb.  As the book opens, it is 1943, and we follow Dewey, her enemy-cum-best-friend Suze, their parents and all the scientists in Los Alamos as they work toward the ultimate weapon to end World War II.  Although this is historical fiction, we get to eavesdrop on two girls who are struggling with peer pressure, being different than others, and great loss.  Upper elementary aged children, and even middle schoolers, will identify with Dewey or Suze as well as learn a little bit of history.

I would pair this with the American Girl books about Molly, non-fiction about the era, and Molly’s movie in an educational box about the second world war.  I would also be sure to include it on pathfinders about that era.

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