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Fallout (Hardcover)

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It's 1962, the time of America's Camelot, and nuclear war looms large. Eleven-year-old Scott's family builds a shelter despite their neighbors' ridicule. When the unimaginable happens, their space for four becomes space for ten as others push their way in. With limited supplies, and limited oxygen, relationships turn ugly and the group's survival comes into question. Alternating between prewar events and postwar drama in the shelter below, the novel imagines a feared moment in history through the eyes of a tween, who, if he survives, has no idea what will be outside once the door opens.
What if the bomb had actually been dropped? What if your family was the only one with a shelter?

In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott?s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott?s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught. But even worse is the question of what will ? and won?t ? remain when the door is opened again. Internationally best-selling author Todd Strasser has written his most impressive and personal novel to date, ruthlessly yet sensitively exploring the terrifying what-ifs of one of the most explosive moments in human history.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical / Military + Wars, Social Issues / Violence, Historical / United States / 20th Century
Format: Hardcover
Age Range: 9-12 years
Language: English
Street Date: September 10, 2013
TCIN: 14564986
UPC: 9780763655341
Item Number (DPCI): 248-82-8329
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