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February 22nd, 2008

Atomic Books! @ 11:29 am


Hey, I'm looking for Children's books that are about/ allude to nuclear war, cold war, atomic bombs, anything like that. This is for a project for school. So far I've got A Swiftly Tilting Planet, The Butter Battle Book, And The Magician's Nephew. I'd love to find one book though that is historical fiction or a story that takes place after a nuclear war if such a thing exists in children's lit.
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Date:February 22nd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
How about "The Green Glass Sea"?

I guess it's pre-nuclear, since they're still working on "the secret gadget". It may not be historical, but it's realistic fiction.
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Date:February 22nd, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
How about "Sadako and the thousand paper cranes"? It deals with the bombing of Hiroshima. Although it takes place some years after the bombing. The bombing still has an effect as the young protagonist gets cancer due to the radiation.

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Date:February 22nd, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)

Emergence by David Palmer


I haven't read this book in ages, but I loved it in middle school.

Sci-fi. Humans surviving after nuclear/germ attack. It's vaguely heinlein-esque, but the main character is a teen girl. Very much a cold-war relic.
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Date:February 22nd, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Here are some. Many of these are historical fiction:

Rex Zero and the End of the World, by Tim Wynne-Jones

Escape to West Berlin, by Maurine F. Dahlberg

The Loud Silence of Francine Green, by Karen Cushman

The Earth Kitchen, by Sharon Bryant

The Red Shoe, by Ursula Dubosarsky

Hiroshima: A Novella, by Laurence Yep

The Ash Garden, by Dennis Bock

The Fire-Eaters, by David Almond

Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O'Brien (takes place after a nuclear war)

The Far Side of Evil, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl

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Date:February 22nd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Maddigan's Fantasia, by Margaret Mahy, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that I believe happened because of a nuclear incident. It's a fantasy novel, but it discusses the power struggles that result from the incident, and there is a race of genetically altered people because of the fallout. Good book.

Other than that, I'd second Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It sounds perfect for what you're looking for.
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Date:February 22nd, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
John Wyndham wrote several post-apocalyptic books. The Chrysalids is a good jumping off point for discussion, because it was written at the height of the Cold War.
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Date:February 25th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)

Dystopian Literature

There are many dystopias if you are interested in those:


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Date:February 26th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
thanks, all. Looks like the hardest part of this project is going to be narrowing down this list!
Date:January 8th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
The Chrysalids would be a great example and of course another is Lord of the Flies. More recently, there's an interesting book by NZ author Bernard Beckett called Genesis that's certainly thought-provoking. Good luck!

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