Countdown Summary
Deborah Wiles

Everything you need to understand or teach Countdown by Deborah Wiles.

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Countdown Overview

Deborah Wiles' Countdown is a novel about Franny Chapman, an 11-year-old fifth grader during the brief Cuban Missile Crisis, living with the daily fear of a nuclear attack while dealing with her family and friends. Her best friendship is in crisis, there is a handsome boy who has moved back into the neighborhood, and Franny fears her beloved older sister is becoming involved in something dangerous. The main themes are fear, friendship, and loyalty.

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