Cold War On Maplewood Street by Gayle RosengrenCold War On Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren

Cold War On Maplewood Street

byGayle Rosengren

Hardcover | August 4, 2015

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Cold War anxieties play out in a sensitively told story set during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s, perfect for fans of Gary Schmidt and Kristin Levine. 

Joanna can’t get over how her brother broke his promise to never leave like their dad did. Sam is thousands of miles away on a navy ship, and no matter how often he sends letters, Joanna refuses to write back. When she makes a promise, she keeps it.

But then President Kennedy comes on TV with frightening news about Soviet missiles in Cuba—and that’s where Sam’s heading. Suddenly Joanna’s worries about being home alone, building up the courage to talk to a cute boy, and not being allowed to go to the first boy-girl party in her grade don’t seem so important. Maybe sometimes there are good reasons to break a promise.

The tense timeline of the Cuban missile crisis unfolds alongside a powerful, and ultimately hopeful, story about what it means to grow up in a world full of uncertainty.
Gayle Rosengren grew up in Chicago. Like Joanna in Cold War on Maplewood Street, she enjoyed school, was a voracious reader, and loved dogs and horses. She attended Knox College, where she majored in creative writing and was the editor of the literary magazine. Gayle never outgrew her passion for children’s books, and worked as a child...
Title:Cold War On Maplewood StreetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.51 × 5.74 × 0.76 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399171835

ISBN - 13:9780399171833


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Mom came through the door with a whoosh of cool air.Joanna sprang up from the floor. “You’re home early! I’m so glad. Did you hear the president’s speech?”Mom wrapped Joanna in a hug. “Yes, Jo, I heard.”“Do-do you think there’s going to be a war?” It seemed impossible that Joanna was even asking such a question. War was something that happened in other countries, not here in the United States. Not in Chicago on Maplewood Street.“Of course not,” Mom said, stroking Joanna’s curls.“Gram thinks there might be,” Joanna said, her cheek still pressed into Mom’s coat. “She said that Sam will be right in the middle of it.”

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Cold War on Maplewood Street“A quietly tense story set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. . . . [Joanna] learns how to muster courage during a time of accelerated, unwanted change. Rosengren’s judicious use of details evokes a strong sense of the 1960s, and while some readers will already be aware of how history played out, they’ll find it easy to share Joanna’s feelings of nervousness, helplessness, and hope.”—Publishers WeeklyPraise for What the Moon Said“Rosengren’s depiction of the Great Depression from a child’s perspective rings true. . . . Sensitive and engaging.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books“The story triumphs in its small vignettes.” — School Library Journal“Esther’s positive attitude offers a fine model for readers of this engaging historical fiction.” —BooklistA Junior Library Guild Selection