Gr 5-8--It's 1962, the height of the Cold War, and Franny Chapman and her family live in Camp Springs, Maryland. It's near her father's work as a pilot at Andrews Air Force Base and unnervingly close to Washington, DC. It's a turbulent time when the threat of a nuclear war is all too real and the Civil Rights Movement is disturbing the status quo. Listeners are immersed in the era through the words of 11-year-old Franny in Deborah Wiles's novel (Scholastic, 2010), compellingly performed by Emma Galvin. Franny's life is filled with concerns, triumphs, disasters, family, and friends, and it is all made real in Galvin's nuanced and credible reading. Commercials, clips of speeches by President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., news broadcasts, song lyrics, and more are interspersed to further bring the era to life and augment the emotional turbulence. Franny shares what she learns in school through her research for reports (e.g., background on Pete Seeger and Fannie Lou Hamer), which takes her out of character. Younger students may need additional background to make sense of the period inserts, but Franny's experiences and emotions will resonate with listeners. This piece of historical fiction is the first title in a projected trilogy.--Maria Salvadore, formerly Washington DC Public Library[Page 60]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.