When a nuclear accident takes place at the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power station, people are advised to stay inside and close all windows and doors. Janna, 14, left alone to look after her little brother in a world gone mad, must make decisions that will mean life or death for them both.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Grade 6-9?It takes sensitivity, understanding, and compassion to know just how much bad news young people can handle. Pausewang has the gift of delivering the right amount of reality in a story that is ultimately about strength and survival. Janna, 14, is the victim of nuclear fall-out from Grafenrheinfeld, the plant near her home in Germany. When she and her brother Uli make a desperate attempt to escape the oncoming radioactive cloud, Uli is killed by a car. Janna continues her flight and ends up in a clinic for fall-out victims, where she loses her hair and watches children around her die. Eventually, she discovers that her parents and youngest brother are dead. When she is well enough, she goes to stay with her Aunt Helga, who tries valiantly to carry on as if the accident never happened. Finally, after a friend's suicide, Janna runs away to her Aunt Almut, where she helps work on various anti-nuclear causes. When the ban is lifted on her village, she returns home to confront her grandparents with her family's fate. Hard truths about the effects of fall-out make this book gripping. Its message cannot be mistaken; it is much more strident than Karen Hesse's Phoenix Rising (Holt, 1994). However, the characters are believable, and Janna, whose ultimate fate readers do not know, is a strong young woman determined to carry on the work her parents believed in. The translation is well done, and only a few European terms will give readers pause.?Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
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Book Description Puffin, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140380086
Book Description Puffin, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140380086