Catch You Later, Traitor

Catch You Later, Traitor

by Avi


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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 livelihood--and even their freedom--at 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616205874
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 197,175
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi is the author of the Newbery Medal novel Crispin: The Cross of Lead and the Newbery Honor books Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, among many other books for young readers. Catch You Later, Traitor was inspired by his own childhood in Brooklyn during the Red Scare. Avi now lives in Colorado. You can visit him online at

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Catch You Later, Traitor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The year is 1951 and there’s a war going on across the country and baseball is the talk of the town. For twelve-year old Pete, his life consists of school, reading detective novels, hanging out with his best friend Kat, and talking Dodger baseball. His life is interrupted when communism, Reds and socialism enters his life. Words and individuals that Pete had heard about in passing from his parent’s conversations and newspapers now become significant and critical. His family is being watched by the FBI and when Pete questions his father, Pete walks away with more uncertainty and wonders if his father is holding something back. To solve this escalating mystery, Pete becomes Sam Spade, his favorite detective in the novels that he reads. In doing so, he creates these wonderful detailed instants in the book, “her face was almost chalk white, with net-like wrinkle lines and a mouth as tight as a vice.” I really enjoyed these moments when Pete creates these little snapshots of what he sees before him as he writes with such detail and imagery. His words made me smile as I saw the image unfold in front of me, these small descriptions giving me another glimpse into the mind of a twelve-year detective. Pete is scrambling to find out why his family is now under investigation and what exactly all these terms and people are which seem to be part of his vocabulary now. The text provides great explanation as Pete’s life gets chaotic. It’s a great mystery that keep the pages turning as Pete digs deeper and deeper into this mystery. The new Sam Spade is digging for the truth but things just aren’t adding up, too many mysteries keep popping up and they all seem to point at his father. I won a copy of this book from Avi - thanks!