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Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The year is 1962, and twelve-year-old Franny lives in Washington, DC with her family.  In the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis, everyone around her is living in uncertainty and fear.  In addition to dealing with air raid drills and duck-and-cover practice at school, Franny is trying to figure out the messy business of growing up.  What makes this book special is its documentary format — it is sprinkled with actual newspaper clippings, photographs, brief vignettes about famous people, and ads from the time period. Even though this book is written for older children and young teens, adults will also enjoy it and the feeling of being sent back in a time machine to the 1960s.