People are talking so much about the innovative (illustration-h
format of COUNTDOWN, as well as the historical setting ( the Cuban
Missile Crisis) they're neglecting to mention that it's simply a
wonderfully written book. Franny's voice is fresh and convincing,
offering insights to both the tumult of the era, but also the usual
emotional swings of a kid turning into a teenager. In turns breathless
and immediate, but also mindful and poetic (Franny is herself a
reflective kid) Wiles earns the buzz she's getting.