The Art of Keeping Cool
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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Review: The Art of Keeping CoolUser Review - Abby - Goodreads
Great WW2 book. Warning! There is only ONE cuss word in the book. And it's the "d" word. Read full review
Review: The Art of Keeping CoolUser Review - Dave Moffitt - Goodreads
Wow - terrific book. Set on the Atlantic Coast (Rhode Island) during WWII, this book won the Scott O'Dell award in 2001 (award is for best children's historical fiction given out annually). Great ... Read full review