Genre: historical fiction
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Summary: It's 1951 and Pete likes nothing more than reading and listening to detective stories. He soon finds himself mixed up in a very different sort of mystery when a rumor goes around that a member of his family is a Communist and his teacher and classmates, even his best friend Kat, turn against him. Pete searches for the truth, but he begins to wonder if finding it will fix his problems or make things even worse.
My opinion: Avi is pretty much a consistent source of good kid's fiction, especially historical fiction. I find that novels are a great way to learn about history and this novel is certainly no exception, taking a close look at life during the cold war and the affect being an accused communist had on whole families. Add in universally applicable lessons about loyalty, honesty, and growing up and and this becomes just an all around great novel.
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