The Year of the Bomb

The Year of the Bomb

For Ages: 12 and up
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The year is 1955, and there’s nothing that Paul and his best friends, Oz, Arnie, and Crank, love more than horror movies. So when Invasion of the Body Snatchers starts filming in their small California town, they couldn’t be more excited. But when their acquaintance with Laura and Darryl, extras on the movie, leads to an involvement in a possible Communist conspiracy, Paul is afraid that they’re in too deep. It’s not a horror movie anymore—this is real life. From acclaimed storyteller Ronald Kidd comes this coming-of-age tale about taking a stand, following the crowd, and navigating the gray areas in between.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416958925 | 
  • June 2009 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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About the Author

Ronald Kidd
Photo Credit: A. Vincent Scarano

Ronald Kidd

Ronald Kidd is the author of the highly acclaimed Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial, as well as On Beale Street. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O'Neill playwright who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


Author Revealed

Q. how did you come to write The Year of the Bomb?

A. In 1955 the classic horror film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was shot in the little town of Sierra Madre, California. Living nearby was Richard Feynman, who helped invent the atomic bomb. These two facts, seemingly unrelated, fired my imagination, and I began to wonder what it would have been like to live there. Out of that thought came Oz, Arne, Crank, and Paul--joking, spying, shaking in their shoes, and scared to death of pod people.

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