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Set in 1943, this middle grave novel winningly combines historical fiction, war-time experiences, and the intensity of childhood friendships. Joining her scientist father on a secret military base in Los Alamos, New Mexico, 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan loves making things, especially radios. Although she gets along with the scientists at her father's lab just fine, finding friends her own age is hard. Everyone teases her, especially Suze Gordon, an artistic girl is not unlike her misfit self. However, the two are soon forced to become friends when Dewey's father is sent back to D.C. Like all the other kids on the base, the girls have no idea that "the gadget" their parents are working on will change their lives, and history, forever. This is the 2007 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner.
Dewey Kerrigan, while living with her scientist father who is working on a top secret government program, has no idea how the Manhattan Project will change the world as she befriends an aspiring artist who is a misfit just like her. Reprint.
Number of Pages: 321
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Issues / Friendship, Science + Technology, Historical / United States / 20th Century
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Ellen Klages
Street Date: May 8, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-0352