Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
Published by Algonquin Young Readers in 2015.
“I felt like I was looking though a kaleidoscope. Every turn I made, things changed: shape, color, and the connections between them. It’s a strange world when you can’t put names to the colors you’re seeing.” (p. 140)
Avi sends us to the McCarthy years with 7th grade Pete. His teacher begins targetting him because of something his dad said. Then he’s being followed by and FBI agent. This is the perfect chance for him to emulate his favorite radio show. In between action, Pete reflects as if he is a 1950’s gumshoe detective.
In addition to the adults causing grief, Pete’s friends abandon him. He only has his friend Kat left. As a way to get back at them, he decides to rebel by supporting the Giants instead of the Dodgers. The rest of the school is caught up in Dodger fever and can’t understand him.
At home, things are getting complicated. It turns out Pete’s dad DID go to ONE communist meeting when he was young. Pete begins questioning everyone. His uncle, the blind man he reads the paper to, his dad’s friends, and his dad’s coworkers.He tries to learn about his family history, and who is his dad visiting every Wednesday? But then he wonders is someone following him? Why is there always a car following him? Is it the FBI? Someone else?
This book will keep readers on the edge of their seats and teach them about an era they may not be familiar with.
FTC disclaimer: I recieved this book through interlibrary loan. I recieved no monetary compensation for this review.