Children and young adult books October 2011

By Ann Packer In Books

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In late 1962, as this writer prepared to sit the School Certificate examination in French, the whole world was holding its breath. With Russian ships heading for Cuba, it seemed war was imminent – and what use would such a qualification be then? But President Kennedy called Khrushchev’s bluff … and life went on. Award-winning UK author Mal Peet’s LIFE: AN UNEXPLODED DIAGRAM (Walker Books, $18.95) will reverberate with a much wider audience than ...

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