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Nuclear disaster and human vulnerability interweave in the lives of four young people, an Ojibway Indian, an illegal Mexican migrant worker, a rock musician, and a sheep rancher's daughter with the lives of three veterans of past wars.

They are four different people with four separate lives: Sue, a young woman distanced from her native roots; David, a traveler in search of a dream; Laura, a student seeking her parents' understanding; and Peter, a rock star struggling to create the perfect sound.
     One looming fate threatens them all. And everything they love may be taken away in one fleeting second....

About The Author

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Gary Paulsen (1931–2021) was one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He wrote over 100 books for adults and young readers. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442467132
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Awards and Honors

  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies

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