10-05-2013 09:57 PM - edited 10-05-2013 10:23 PM
I read a book in 4th grade about a nuclear attack - around the same time of reading things like Number the Stars, The Giver, and Hatchet - so it would be around that level of reading.
Here is what I remember: Protagonist was male; staring out the window above the kitchen sink when a blinding light and deafening sound hits; house is left in ruins. Boy crawls to the family's underground fallout shelter (with his family?) Remains there for some time. Emerges to find help for a family member, finds the neighbors (dead or alive, I can't remember?), and a makeshift hospital being set up by the community. Drags the family member there for treatment, and I believe the book ended with him running around trying to help "patients" in any way he could.
I remember there being a subplot about the main character loving to run, although I may be melding two stories together on that one.
Also, 90% sure the cover is of a ranch-style home sitting on an empty lot, just grass/driveway/ hill in the background - no trees or anything in the yard. Bluish tone.
10-18-2013 10:15 AM
Your post makes me think of this book:
After the Bomb by Gloria D. Miklowitz. I read it in 7th grade, it is sort of a young reader book, despite being a pretty heavy topic. The cover and plot you described are as I remember them, the book itself is for sale thru B&N and Amazon. The Amazon listing for the book has a picture of the cover. From what I remember, the narrator lives in a suburb of Los Angeles, and after the explosion he is looking for his father. Along the way, he helps locate a source of clean water for a hospital, and helps other people with different problems. (SPOLIER ALERT) He doesn't find his father at the end of the book, but is confident he is alive.
I hope this helps!