Eleven-year-old Franny has lots of questions but very few answers. Is her older sister up to something illegal? Why are she and her best friend not getting along anymore? What's wrong with her beloved uncle? Will the world come to an end tomorrow? Set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Deborah Wiles’ Countdown brilliantly evokes the uncertainty of the era. Here, Kirkus Children’s & Teen Editor Vicky Smith talks to Wiles about writing her book and putting together its fascinating documentary elements.