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It is 1946, and the events of The Green Glass Sea have changed the world'and Dewey Kerrigan's life. She's now living near the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the Gordon family. Dr. Gordon is working on rockets that will someday go to the moon; Mrs. Gordon is working on stopping the Bomb. Meanwhile, Dewey and her ?sister,? Suze, share secrets, art, and science as they adjust to high school in an isolated desert town. Then, like a different kind of dropped bomb, Dewey's long-lost mother, Rita Gallucci, reappears in their lives. And she wants to take her daughter away.


Author Notes

Ellen Klages was born a in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy.

"It teaches you to ask questions and think logically, which are useful skills for just about any job." she says. "But when I looked in the Want Ads under P, no philosophers. I've been a pinball mechanic, a photographer, and done paste-up for a printer.

"I've lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. The city wears its past in layers, glimpses of other eras visible on every street. I love to look through old newspapers and photos, trying to piece together its stories.

"I was at the Exploratorium, a hands-on science museum, working as proofreader, when they were looking for a science writer to do a children's science activity book. No science background, but I convinced my boss that in order to 'translate' from a PhD physicist, I had to ask lots of questions, just like a curious kid. I got the job.

"My desk was covered with baking soda, Elmer's glue, balloons, soap bubbles, and dozens of other common objects that became experiments, and the office echoed with the 'Science-at-Home' team saying, 'Wow! Look at this!'

"My co-writer, Pat Murphy, a science-fiction author, encouraged me to write stories of my own. I've now sold more than a dozen. "Basement Magic," a fairy tale set at the beginning of the Space Age, won the Nebula Award in 2005.

The Green Glass Sea is not science fiction, but it is fiction about science. And history and curiosity."

Ellen Klages lives in San Francisco. The Green Glass Sea is her first novel.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Klages' The Green Glass Sea (2006) won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and in this gripping sequel, set just after World War II, science, mechanics, and politics continue to play a big role in the teen friendship story. Dewey's atomic-scientist dad has died in a traffic accident, and she has moved in with her friend Suze's family near Los Alamos. Suze's dad is driven by his work in the new frantic race to build a rocket ( The first man in space mustn't be a Russian ), and he fights bitterly with his peacenik wife, Terry, about Hiroshima and the radiation nightmare. There is sometimes too much local detail, but the groundbreaking science is part of daily life for the smart techno-teens, and the adult characters are as compelling as the kids. As Klages said in an interview in the November 2007 issue of Book Links magazine, people are excited about future technology, and others are afraid that there won't be a future. Along with these global issues, Klages' compelling story explores personal relationships and what it means to be a family.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2008 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Picking up a year after the close of The Green Glass Sea, this strong sequel finds Suze and Dewey (short for Duodecima) living near Los Alamos with Suze's scientist parents, who with Dewey's late father had helped build the atom bomb. In the aftermath of Hiroshima, Suze's mother has begun organizing scientists against war, while her father throws himself into his work to maintain the U.S.'s edge over the Soviets and "Uncle Joe." This tense drama weaves family conflict with difficult political history: after a Thanksgiving dinner, Suze discovers that the guest her father has invited, an ex-Nazi who is now his colleague, helped run a German bomb factory where 20,000 slave laborers died. Equally gripping are the ongoing, rarely voiced struggles at home, not just between the parents but between the girls and their uneasy rivalry for Suze's mother's attention and affection. Klages has a gift for opening moral dilemmas to middle-graders--she includes (and sources) just enough information to engage her readers without detracting from her characters' emotional lives. Once again she offers up first-rate historical fiction. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-In Ellen Klages's sequel (Viking, 2008) to The Green Glass Sea (Viking, 2006; Recorded Books, 2008), which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, World War II has just ended and eighth graders Dewey and Suze have moved from Los Alamos to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where Suze's father is a rocket scientist. Dewey lives permanently with the Gordons now because her father was killed in an accident. The girls build a large mechanical wall in the attic, which operates similarly to a pinball machine working by gravity. Suze makes friends with an Hispanic girl in her class, while Dewey becomes friends with a boy who enjoys taking apart and repairing things like she does. The relationship between Suze's mom and dad becomes increasingly strained by Mr. Gordon's all consuming involvement with the U.S. government's rocket project (the space race) and Mrs. Gordon's work to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear testing and radiation as a result of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. To further complicate things, Mrs. Gordon becomes pregnant and Dewey's long-lost mother shows up and wants to reclaim her daughter. Narrator Julie Dretzin does a good job of giving each character a unique voice. Her engaging reading brings the story to life and will captivate listeners. This is a good story for classes studying war, nuclear proliferation, and space exploration. It also touches on topics such as women's rights and racial equality.- Kathy Miller, Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin City, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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