It is 1946. World War II is overâ?ended by the atomic bomb that Dewey Kerriganâ's and Suze Gordonâ's scientist parents helped build. Deweyâ's been living with the Gordons since before the warâ'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 scientistsâ' 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?
The nature of family ties, the space race, female roles in society, and racism are addressed with intelligence and grace in the sequel to THE GREEN GLASS SEA. The war is over, and Dewey lives with the Gordon family in Alamorgordo, New Mexico. She and Suze have created an installation in their bedroom that combines their two talents, and Dewey is developing a strong connection with Mrs. Gordon. In eighth grade, the girls are making friends, Dewey with a boy who shares her interest in invention, while Suze is spending time with a Mexican-American girl who exposes her to a whole other life. However, Suze's parents' disagreement about the threat of the bomb is pulling them apart, and Dewey is faced with an unexpected relative.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Science + Technology, Historical / United States / 20th Century, Girls + Women
- 9-12 years
- April 1, 2010
- April 1, 2010
- Ellen Klages