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Catch You Later, Traitor

by Avi

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"It's 1951, and twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid in Brooklyn, New York, who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas. But when an FBI agent shows up at Pete's doorstep, accusing Pete's father of being a Communist, Pete is caught in a real-life mystery. Could there really be Commies in Pete's family?"--… (more)
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Strong middle-grade read. Enough suspense to keep me interested—around the Red Scare and FBI intrigue. The stakes felt high because of how the author wove the history and set the era's scene. ( )
  monnibo | Dec 30, 2021 |
This is a great discussion book for teens or tweens. I know that bullying is talked about a great deal, but this book brings a different perspective on the word bully. To be pegged a traitor and then ostracized by everyone, Pete has to face different hardships everyday. When his best friend, Kat seems to ignore him also, he doesn’t give up. Pete stands his ground and rises above the suspicion. What would you do if you were in Pete’s shoes? What if you were Kat? Teen or tween book club book-yes! ( )
  mrslaura | Aug 6, 2021 |
Twelve-year-old Pete Collison is isolated from his friends and class activities when rumors quickly spread that Pete's dad is a Commie (Communist). Moreover, a FBI is keeping tabs on him.With no one to turn to, Pete starts his own investigation;imitating his idol, Sam Spade, Pete collects clues to determine who the Communist informant is. This book is a great tool for both history and literary instruction. Specifically, this book can be used to discuss the events that occured during Communism, as well as focusing on predicting. Due to it's historical content, this book is likely intended for 5th to 7th graders. Personally, I enjoyed this book because it was a mystery book and as a series the characters can embark on more adventures. ( )
  K.Luna | Apr 30, 2018 |
Communism, discrimination, bullying
  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
Thanks to Goodreads and Random House for a free copy of this book!

I've never met an Avi book I didn't like, and this one is no exception. Catch You Later, Traitor is a fantastic middle grade blend of historical fiction and mystery.

Peter Collison is a seventh grader who likes baseball and pulp detective stories. But it's the 1950s, and McCarthyism is in full swing. When rumours emerge about Peter's father being a communist, and the FBI shows up at his door, he's determined to figure things out. He gets pulled into family secrets and political tensions.

You know in Calvin and Hobbes when Calvin did his hard-boiled detective act? Set that in the 1950s, and that's what Catch You Later, Traitor reminded me of. A kid sometimes speaking in detective novel cliches and observing the world around him.

And the end result is engaging, heartbreaking, funny, and rich with historical detail. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
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"It's 1951, and twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid in Brooklyn, New York, who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas. But when an FBI agent shows up at Pete's doorstep, accusing Pete's father of being a Communist, Pete is caught in a real-life mystery. Could there really be Commies in Pete's family?"--

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