The Green Glass Sea

Also, she has met some people with whom she is friendly, like Charlie and Jack, but also people who make her feel like an outsider, like Joyce, Suze, and the other girls. On page , Suze and Dewey come home to find a man they know as "Oppie" sitting on the couch. According to the text, who is Oppie? What do the girls thinkis the reason he has come to the house? The narrator identifies Oppie as Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the whole Hill.

The girls think his visit is related to a physical confrontation they have just had with Joyce p. Patriotism is very important to the residents of the Hill. Choose a character in the story and list two things he or she does that are patriotic.

Then briefly explain why each action you have described is patriotic. There are many examples of acts that could be described as patriotic. For example, on page , Terry Gordon explains to Suze, "Daddy and I put our careers on hold to come and work in the labs here. Another example might involve Jimmy Kerrigan.

He comes to work at the Hill and is willing to spend time away from his daughter, all in service of his country. Readers might also argue that simply following the rules of the Hill — especially the rules concerning secrecy — or using spare parts found at the dump, are also patriotic acts. Suze tells Dewey that the rock with Shazam painted on it will give them secret powers, like wisdom or strength. If you had a Shazam rock, what secret power would you want it to give you, and why? Answer s will vary, but look for readers who pick up on the theme of the powers discussed in the book.

The powers, which are based on the names of mythological characters, are virtues rather than abilities. Thus, the ability to fly or become invisible would be acceptable, but courage, humor, or creativity might be even better answers in the context of the book. Using examples from the text, show how Dewey uses numbers and patterns to comfort herself during difficult situations.

Why do you think numbers are so important to her? On page 13, Dewey soothes herself on the long train ride from St. Louis by reading the timetable. After she learns that her father has died, Dewey "starts saying the multiplicat ion tables, fast, under her breath, as if it were a chant that will keep all other thoughts at bay. They go on for eternity, infinity, and there is comfort in that. On page , the residents of the Hill have learned that "the gadget" works.

Gordon says, "The genie's out of the bottle, Terry. No way to put it back now. Choose two characters from the story and briefly describe how each character reacts to the successful test of the gadget. On page , the narrator describes a cheering crowd parading through the Hill. They are celebrating the successful detonation of the gadget. More specifically, there are three characters whose reactions could be described by readers: Gordon kisses his wife and pours himself a drink.

Also, on page , the narrator implies that Dr. Gordon is excited about other uses of atomic energy. She says, "They can't use it. Late in the story, Dewey uses the word "kinship" to describe her relationship with Mrs. Why do you think these two characters get along so well? Do you think Dewey considers any other adult besides her father a friend?

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The use of the word "kinship" appears on page The first hint about the reason for the kinship between Dewey and Mrs. Lots of little touches were fascinating, as for instance, the difficulty applying to college from a school that didn't exist, or the casual description of a five cent package of Koolaid as a treat. I also liked that Suze, although clueless about science, was closer to guessing what was going on than Dewey, and I appreciated the underplayed ending.

Some authors, even talented ones, can't resist being cutesy - I am thinking of the talented Gladys Malvern in which some historical character in early AD mutters to another something like, "These Christians, they'll never constitute a critical mass , it's just a passing fad. Dec 13, Luann rated it it was amazing Recommended to Luann by: This is a work of historical fiction about the scientists who worked on the atomic bomb and their families.

It is told from the point of view of the children, who were not given many details of the highly classified project and thus not many details make it into the story. The bomb is a looming presence in the story, though, only because the reader has knowledge that the characters do not. Ultimately, the book is about its characters - who are written so well that I would immediately recognize them if I met them.

What a great character! Not only do I really like her, but I'm so happy to find a girl protagonist who is good at math and likes to build and invent things. There aren't enough of those in children's literature. Not that I'm good at math, necessarily, but I want girls who ARE good at math and science to be encouraged. I liked this book a lot, and highly recommend it! View all 4 comments. I need to read this book! The paperback version includes the author's Scott O'Dell acceptance speech, which has one of my favorite statements about historical fiction: It's just names and dates and facts that you have to memorize for a test Up until last October, I was primarily a science fiction writer.

Which means I'm in a unique position to recognize that this -- [holds up The Green Glass Sea ] -- is a time machine. Because that's really what we want I need to read this book! Because that's really what we want out of historical fiction. We want to go there. We don't want to be on the outside, looking in. We want the backstage tour. We want to be there as the events of history are unfolding around us. If you accept that this [book] is a time machine, then there's one thing that you need to know, the one unbreakable law of time travel -- you cannot change the past.

But I hope that when you close the cover of The Green Glass Sea , and return to your own life, you may discover that the past has changed you.

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Mar 06, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: I really wanted to like this book. The historical setting of Los Alamos was intriguing, but I had qualms with the plot and its predicatbility. It moved rather slowly for me and also didn't say enough about how devastating the Gadget was. This turn of events didn't sit well with me a I really wanted to like this book. This turn of events didn't sit well with me as they seemed to negate the destruction and damage the Gadget could do.

This book, it strikes me, is everything wrong with children's literature. As an adult book it would be a four-star book, but as a children's book it's a 2-star book. That's the whole plot, right there. The book survives at all because of the glancing references to things adults would know but children, the target audience, would not. Richard Feynmann shows up, and he's a nice guy. Do kids know who he is? Well maybe if they're reading this book as a companion to a unit on World War II. But otherwise, no, it falls flat. He shows up on the train in the beginning, is nice, and then never shows up again.

Without that kind of nudge-nudge-wink-wink at the adult reader, the book would have no reason to exist. Moreover, the author is working hard to create an idealized childhood in the confines of what we consider to be hellish and nonidealized a good idea but that's not something a nine year old reader is going to care much about. Nine year old readers want adventures, not a theoretical construct of idealized childhood.

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They want a clear ending, not the story kind of petering out to a stop because we've finally reached the location where the title takes place. Adults will say, "Wow, in the shadow of the bomb, these children are free and create something of their own paradise. A group of nine year olds and ten year olds who had to read this book as part of their unit on WWII?

No, it's a group of editors, literary agents, and literary authors who discuss the consciousness-raising aspects of the work without saying, "If Grandma Julia wraps this up and gives it to Susie for Christmas under the tree, is Susie going to like it? Nothing really happens in the story as far as the kid is concerned because the real work is taking place in the subtext, the context, the themes, and the tone.

The main characters are eleven. I've been told repeatedy by editors that kids read upward sigh meaning they must think the ideal audience is nine or ten years old? Books like this kill children's love of reading. This is the reason people will come to me unprovoked and say, "I don't read, but I know I should. Reading is a chore; it's something you do because it's good for you; it's like flossing or doing sit-ups.

There are no hobby flossists, and they find it equally weird that there are hobby readers. Also with a child protagonist; also set during WWII; also with adult themes etc etc etc; but not directly aimed at children even though I know children who've read it multiple times. The Book Thief also had more going on plotwise.

That's a great book, so go read The Book Thief instead.

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The other potential comparison would be Lord of the Flies, except the childhood society the kids construct isn't developed enough to make it a sociological study of human nature. In fact, after Suze confronts the bully, nothing happens as a result of it. I read this as an adult and found it interesting; I will not pass it along to any of my kids even though they're readers. Jul 11, Rachael rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I picked up this book, I was SO excited to read it because while I've read a lot of novels set during WWII, I've never really thought about the scientists or their families who worked on developing the "gadget.

And there were aspects of this book that I liked, but given my anticipation, I was disappointed in this book. I thoug When I picked up this book, I was SO excited to read it because while I've read a lot of novels set during WWII, I've never really thought about the scientists or their families who worked on developing the "gadget. I thought the ending was way too ambiguous, with no real explanation of the aftermath of the bomb being dropped on Japan.

In reality, this event changed the whole world! The book jacket says that Klages is working on a sequel-- will she deal with that, or skip ahead? I also thought it strange that in 3 places, Klages switches from writing in past tense to writing in present tense. Is there some deep meaning in that or is it just bad editing? Additionally, it's just a personal preference of mine, but I didn't like that Dewey had to endure so much tragedy while Suze's life, though not perfect is not nearly so affected by the war.

Dewey is such a likeable character, and I wanted her to have the happiness she deserved. To me, that hurt the credibility of the "plot twist. I've never noticed that so much in a children's or YA novel before. It felt jarring and strange, even if it fit the time period. Certainly my grandparents, who were close to the ages of the parents in this book, smoked and had their cocktails. But it just seemed really odd that so much attention was paid to it.

Was she just trying to illustrate how stressed out all these scientists were? Finally, it really irritated me how often Suze's parents took the Lord's name in vain. It just really didn't seem necessary to me. Aug 20, J rated it really liked it. Along with her leg brace and glasses, this makes her an easy target for other kids to pick on her. Suze and Dewey are not friends and this makes their living arrangement kind of hostile at first.

But eventually other events happen that lead them to become friends. Then the worst thing in the world happens to Dewey. If you want to see actual photos of the green glass sea, just google it in the images search. You can even buy pieces of the green glass online. This book really covers the nuclear subject from a different perspective and I found it an enjoyable read.

I think we have a winner for my rarely given, 5-stars of love rating! What a great book! What a great book for girls! I read this aloud to my daughter, and we both greatly enjoyed the story of Dewey, a science loving girl, who goes to live with her father, who is working on a government project for the war in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a place that doesn't officially exist.

The mystery and the secrecy that was Los Alamos, The Manhattan Project, "the gadget", and the Trinity test is brought to life t I think we have a winner for my rarely given, 5-stars of love rating! The mystery and the secrecy that was Los Alamos, The Manhattan Project, "the gadget", and the Trinity test is brought to life through the eyes of a young girl, who doesn't fully understand everything that is happening with the mathematicians and scientists working on the hill, but knows that they are trying to do something that will stop the war.

This book continues through the test of "the gadget", the Trinity nuclear bomb, that was tested at White Sands in July , causing the titled Green Glass Sea which Dewey is allowed to visit, and ends simply with a radio announcement of " There is a second book in this series, White Sands, Red Menace , which continues this story, and we will be reading that one immediately.

Would have given this one 3.

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The ending, with the trip to the green glass sea, and then the announcement on the radio turned off at the last moment, still haunts me. I've perused a few of the other reviews, and noticed that many people fault this book for not putting across more fo Please note: I've perused a few of the other reviews, and noticed that many people fault this book for not putting across more forcefully the devastation the atomic bombs wrought, but the fact that Klages barely touches on the horror of atomic warfare -- which the characters in the book are of course largely ignorant of -- ironically makes the book more powerful in its subtlety.

Perhaps someone ignorant of the events of Aug. It does require the reader to bring some knowledge to the book for it to really work. On a similar note, one reviewer thought it was wrong or at least inappropriate for Dewey to take a piece of the glass and to think of it as her father's last gift to her, but again, I found this to be subtle and heart-breaking.

I didn't need to be told that atomic warfare is bad. And this is a story told from Dewey's point of view, and as chilling as the thought of that glass is, at the same time her father's genius and the abstract beauty of science are a part of it. It's complicated and devastating, just like life. So why didn't I give this book more stars?

Because I found the plotting quite predictable. When the good bye between Dewey and her father was so emotional and drawn out, I knew right then he wasn't coming back. When Suze flung her arm around Dewey as they rounded the corner with the wagon, I knew the mean girls would be right there, and bingo, there they were. Suze's sudden blooming into an artist also did not seem convincing to me.

And sometimes I found myself wishing that the author had a lighter touch and just a glimmer of a sense of humor. For these reasons, and because the ending of this book was so utterly perfect in its chilling way, I'm not sure I'll be seeking out the sequel. Dec 12, Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it. Set during World War II, it is the story of ten-year-old Dewey Kerrigan, whose mathematician father has been recruited to work on the top-secret program to develop a nuclear bomb. Dewey's mother left the family when Dewy was a baby, and she has grown up being shuffled between her father and her maternal grandmother - but now that her father is settled for the time bring in Los Alamos and her grandmother has been incapacitated Ellen Klages' YA historical novel Green Glass Sea is a wonderful read.

Dewey's mother left the family when Dewy was a baby, and she has grown up being shuffled between her father and her maternal grandmother - but now that her father is settled for the time bring in Los Alamos and her grandmother has been incapacitated with a stroke, Dewey rejoins her father and tries to make a life with him in the closed community of scientists, engineers, technicians, military personnel and their families that make up the core of the Manhattan Project. It's not easy for Dewey to fit in.

She's short, needs glasses, and wears a shoe with a lift because one leg is shorter than the other due to a childhood injury. And she isn't all that interested in typical "girl" things - she's a born scientist and engineer, and spends her free time tinkering with gears, radio parts, and other useful things she finds at the Los Alamos dump. Still, Dewey is happy to be with her father - until he's called away on business and she has to stay with the Gordons and their daughter Suze. Suze - tall and solidly built, with a creative mind and an artist's independent spirit - doesn't fit in either, but she wants to.

She misses her home in Berkeley, and she resents the time her parents spend working on the project, something that affects her more than most other kids because both her parents are scientists. And she resents having to live with "screwy Dewey. By telling the story through the uncritical eyes of a child, Klages is also able to explore issues of class, gender and race in the late s, amidst the fervour of war. From the social distinctions on base reflected in who is housed where, to war propaganda that is focused on Hitler when referring to the European theatre, but on "Japs" as a group when dealing with the Asian theatre, to the peer pressure on Suze and Dewey to be "normal girls," Green Glass Sea is an unflinching look at wartime society in the U.

Kerrigan must go to Washington and leave Dewey with the Gordons and at first Dewey and Suze don't get along. After Dewey's father passes the gadget is finished and Dewey is to stay with the Gordon's now that Suze and Dewey have learned to get along and they have learned and grown from each other.

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