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Come in From the Cold Hardcover – Mar 19 2004


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co (March 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395689864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395689868
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 948 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bittersweet and intensely moving, this novel is a prequel of sorts to Qualey's debut, Everybody's Daughter. The first section centers on Maud, who in the summer of 1969 learns that her sister Lucy, an anti-war activist and fugitive, has just killed herself while bombing a physics lab at the University of Minnesota. Meanwhile, in another part of the state, straight-arrow Jeff-narrator of the second section-earns the ill-will of citizens of his tiny, conservative hometown by organizing peaceful anti-war protests. In one of the few forced moments in this deeply felt novel, Jeff's beloved older brother, a Marine on his second tour of duty, is killed in Vietnam the very same week that Maud's sister dies in the laboratory bombing. Less than a year later Maud and Jeff meet and almost immediately establish a meaningful connection. The evolution of their relationship, and the events that lead Maud and Jeffrey to join the commune Woodlands (a focal point of Everybody's Daughter), fuel the two remaining sections. Told with a quiet forcefulness, the story of these two memorable characters conveys the passionate urgency that marked a turbulent era. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 8-12-Jeff and Maud, both 17, are living through the Vietnam War era. The year is 1969; the setting is Minnesota. Both teenagers have lost a sibling: Jeff's brother, a Marine, is killed in action; Maud's sister, a war protestor, disappears underground and is blown-up in a bombing on a Minnesota campus. Both Jeff and Maud retreat into themselves until a demonstration against the war brings them together. Their search for love, security, and meaning takes them to parties flowing with drugs and alcohol, more demonstrations, and eventually to communal living. This is a poignant story of two young people finding love during turbulent times. They are well-developed characters who have a real sense of what the Vietnam War has done to the country. Controversy between family and friends over U.S. involvement is accurately portrayed. Qualey's novel is fast-paced, well written, and appealing, and concludes with a strong sense of love and hope.
Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Maud and Jeff are two teenagers, thrown together by protesting the Vietnam war. They feel a special connection over both having lost a sibling because of the war -- Maud's sister, Lucy, in an explosion of a science lab at the University of Minnesota, and Jeff's brother in Vietnam.

These events cause them to forge a bond and lead them to a commune where they try to come to terms with their losses and the war around them.

Strong, a little controversial, and wholly authentic, COME IN FROM THE COLD candidly captures life in America circa 1969 -- all of the tension, apprehension, hope, and love.

Ms. Qualey has crafted a read that is not only inspiring but also historically educational. It's so entertaining, though, you won't even realize it. The novel accurately mirrors all of the passion, urgency, and even violence of the times.

Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
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By A Customer on Jan. 29 2000
Format: Hardcover
Come in from the Cold vividly portrays the turmoil of life in the 1960s, during the Vietnam War. Teenagers are fascinated by the war, draft dodgers, and protesters, but there's not much good fiction for them. Come in from the Cold is excellent. Another good YA novel about the war, from a different perspective, is Ellen Emerson White's The Road Home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 23 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maud and Jeff are two teenagers, thrown together by protesting the Vietnam war. They feel a special connection over both having lost a sibling because of the war -- Maud's sister, Lucy, in an explosion of a science lab at the University of Minnesota, and Jeff's brother in Vietnam.

These events cause them to forge a bond and lead them to a commune where they try to come to terms with their losses and the war around them.

Strong, a little controversial, and wholly authentic, COME IN FROM THE COLD candidly captures life in America circa 1969 -- all of the tension, apprehension, hope, and love.

Ms. Qualey has crafted a read that is not only inspiring but also historically educational. It's so entertaining, though, you won't even realize it. The novel accurately mirrors all of the passion, urgency, and even violence of the times.

Reviewed by: The Compulsive Reader
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A moving story of family, love, and war Jan. 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Come in from the Cold vividly portrays the turmoil of life in the 1960s, during the Vietnam War. Teenagers are fascinated by the war, draft dodgers, and protesters, but there's not much good fiction for them. Come in from the Cold is excellent. Another good YA novel about the war, from a different perspective, is Ellen Emerson White's The Road Home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
excellent juvenile reading Aug. 7 2009
By H. Conover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good read for teens and 20-somethings who wonder what resistance to the Vietnam conflict was about.


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