Cold war nonfiction is not my favorite reading topic, but this book won a number of children’s and young adult book awards this winter, including best nonfiction (Sibert Award) and a Newbery honor for best children’s book (fiction or nonfiction). My husband and I had visited Los Alamos on a trip to New Mexico a few years ago and looked at replicas of the Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs, so my interest was sufficiently piqued. I did not suspect that this book would keep me up late, racing through it to see what would happen next. True stories of the Russian spies that infiltrated the Manhattan Project, brave raids in Germany to stop production of atomic weapons, and the exhilarating and often frightening scientific discoveries made at this time propelled me through the book. I appreciated the way Sheinkin ended this chilling account of our country’s very recent history by acknowledging that living in a world of nuclear weapons, spies and secrets is not very comforting, but it is our world and we are in the midst of it. Kids with any interest in war history, or history in general, will be fascinated with Bomb. A fiction follow up text could be the classic Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. I also enjoyed For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It is a WWII story of a French teenager who spies and passes messages to help the French Resistance.