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THE SECRET PROJECT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winter
Author's First Name: 
Jonah
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jeanette
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Winter
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Beach Lane/Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
The secret of this book is the development of the hydrogen bomb, referred to as The Gadget". The opening illustrations show a peaceful desert landscape, the site of a boy's school. The end pages, wordless, show what looks like some form of monster, a nuclear explosion. In between there is the story of the people who gather on a secret mission, working night and day. The illustrations are framed, exerting a tightness that reflects the controlled situation described. I There is a lovely contrast with the nature outside the confines, a suggestion of Georgia O'Keefe creating beautiful paintings compared to the creation inside. A thoughtful book about a powerful subject. Edie Ching (up to 7).

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The Trinity test and work at

The Trinity test and work at the Los Alamos lab was on an atomic bomb using uranium fission, not a hydrogen bomb using fusion. Those weren't developed until the 1950s.