The Green Glass Sea

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The Green Glass Sea

Author: Ellen Klages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 324
Cover Price: $ 17.99

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Ellen Klages's award-winning debut novel is now in paperback! It is 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico, to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all "the gadget." None of them not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives.

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The territory of New Mexico was acquired from Mexico by the Treaty of Guadelupe-Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase. Los Alamos, New Mexico, was a city created for the purpose of housing the sicentific staff working on the development of the atomic bomb in World War II. J. Robert Oppenheimer was the chief scientific adminstrator during the Manhattan Project and later the victim of suspicions against all those with politically questionable friends. The project to develop the first atomic bomb during World War II was known as the Manhattan District, or informally the Manhattan Project.