Catch You Later, Traitor

Catch You Later, Traitor


eBook - 2015
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Brooklyn, New York, 1951. Twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas, but when an FBI agent shows up at Pete's doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist, Pete finds himself caught in a real-life mystery. Could there really be Commies in Pete's family? At the same time, Pete's class turns against him, thanks to similar rumors spread by his own teacher; even Kat, Pete's best friend, feels the pressure to ditch him. As Pete follows the quickly accumulating clues, he begins to wonder if the truth could put his family's livelihood0́4and even their freedom0́4at risk. In the tradition of his Newbery Honor book Nothing But the Truth, Avi's newest novel tells a funny, insightful story packed with realistic period detail of a boy in mid-twentieth-century America. Its unique look at what it felt like to be an average family caught in the wide net of the Red Scare has powerful relevance to contemporary questions of democracy and individual freedoms.
Publisher: New York : Algonquin Young Readers, 2015.
ISBN: 9781616204877
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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MissAnnie Sep 15, 2017

An intriguing introduction to a period of U.S. history, the McCarthy era, not often addressed in juvenile fiction. During this time many average citizens and even celebrities were suspected of being Communist sympathizers. Pete's father is one of those suspects and it is Pete's goal to unravel the truth behind those suspicions. Political beliefs had torn the Collison family apart once. Was it about to happen again?

Dec 21, 2015

I won this book through a GoodReads contest. It took me a couple goes to get into this book. It was not a difficult read. I haven't read anything about this topic. It was interesting to learn at the end of the book how much of it was true to Avi's life. Not the best book, not the worst. A great way to introduce historical fiction to younger individuals.


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