The Art of Keeping Cool

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Aladdin Paperbacks, May 1, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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The War At Home

Fear permeates the Rhode Island coastal town where Robert, his mother, and sister are living out the war with his paternal grandparents: Fear of Nazi submarines offshore. Fear of Abel Hoffman, a German artist living reclusively outside of town. And for Robert, a more personal fear, of his hot-tempered, controlling grandfather.

As Robert watches the townspeople's hostility toward Hoffman build, he worries about his sensitive cousin Elliot's friendship with the artist. And he wonders more and more about the family secret everyone seems to be keeping from him -- a secret involving Robert's father, a bomber pilot in Europe. Will Elliot's ability to detach himself from the turmoil around him be enough to sustain him when prejudice and suspicions erupt into violence? And can Robert find his own way to deal with the shocking truth about his family's past?

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User Review  - mstanley33 - LibraryThing

The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle won the Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction. Fear resides in the Rhode Island coastal town which is occupied by the U.S. Army during WWII. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michaela.Bushey - LibraryThing

The Art of Keeping Cool tells about a boy named Robert who moves from Ohio to Rhode Island with his family after his father leaves to fly planes in WWII. There he meets his strange, but artistically ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Janet Taylor Lisle's novels for young readers include five selected as Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal: Sirens and Spies, The Lampfish of Twill, Forest, A Message from the Match Girl (from the Investigators of the Unknown series), and Afternoon of the Elves, a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent title for Atheneum is The Art of Keeping Cool, a Horn Book Fanfare title and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

She lives with her family of the coast of Rhode Island.