Fallout

Fallout
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12+
Release Date
September 10, 2013
ISBN
9780763655341
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In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott’s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught. But even worse is the question of what will — and won’t — remain when the door is opened again. Internationally best-selling author Todd Strasser has written his most impressive and personal novel to date, ruthlessly yet sensitively exploring the terrifying what-ifs of one of the most explosive moments in human history.

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What if the Cuban Missile Crisis had ended in a Soviet nuclear strike against the US? What if your family was the only one in the neighborhood with a fallout shelter? What if all your friends and neighbors mobbed your family as you tried to access the shelter, so that you end up with ten people in a space meant for four, with less than half the provisions needed for the two weeks you have to wait for the radiation to go down to a survivable level? And is it even worth surviving when everything you've ever known is gone?
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