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  • ISBN: 0545106095
  • ISBN: 9780545106092
  • Physical Description: 412 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2019

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The remarkable story of two cousins who must take a road trip across American in 1969 in order to let a teen know he's been drafted to fight in Vietnam. Full of photos, music, and figures of the time, this is the masterful story of what it's like to be young and American in troubled times.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    *Starred Review* It's July 2, 1969, a year since 14-year-old Molly's beloved older brother Barry—following an altercation with his father over the Vietnam War—left their South Carolina home without a word. Now an official draft notice has arrived for him, and Molly is sent with her 17-year-old cousin, Norman, to find Barry and bring him home. So off the two go in Norman's old school bus on a quixotic quest to locate the missing Barry. Along the way, they have many adventures, a number involving music, about which Wiles writes beautifully and knowledgeably, for Norman is a drummer with hopes of starting a band. To his delight, they visit recording studios and meet the likes of Duane Allman and (gasp!) Elvis Presley. They pick up a stray dog and their share of human strays as well, including a young ex-soldier who appears to be suffering from PTSD. Their travels vividly paint a portrait of a country divided by war and knit together by music. Wiles, in this third volume of her Sixties Trilogy (Countdown, 2010; Revolution, 2014), intersperses the narrative with portfolios of contextual period photos, headlines, quotations, and more. The result is a brilliant exercise in verisimilitude. It's all complicated, of course, but the novel is wonderfully true to the reality and spirit of the time. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Deborah Wiles is the author of the picture book Freedom Summer and the novels: Love, Ruby Lavender; The Aurora County All-Stars; and Each Little Bird That Sings, a National Book Award finalist, and A Long Line of Cakes. She is also the author of the documentary novels Countdown and Revolution, a National Book Award Finalist, and Anthem. She has vivid memories of ducking and covering under her school desk during air-raid drills at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also sang in the Glee Club, was a champion speller, and hated Field Day. Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can visit her on the web at

Subject: Nineteen sixties > Fiction.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Fiction.
United States > History > 1961-1969 > Fiction.
Nineteen sixties > Fiction.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Fiction.
United States > History > 1961-1969 > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship.
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Nineteen sixties.
United States.
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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