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Red Menace

By Lois Ruby

A suspenseful and heartfelt story about an era whose uncertainties, controversies, and dangers will seem anything but distant to contemporary readers.

If thirteen-year-old Marty Rafner had his way, he'd spend the summer of 1953 warming the bench for his baseball team, listening to Yankees games on the radio, and avoiding preparations for his bar mitzvah. Instead, he has to deal with FBI agents staking out his house because his parents—professors at the local college—are suspected communist sympathizers. Marty knows what happens to communists, or Reds, as his friends call them: They lose their jobs, get deported...or worse. Two people he's actually met, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, have been convicted of being communist spies, and they're slated to be executed in two months.

  • Explores hot-button issues of patriotic dissent, national security vs. civil liberties, birthright citizenship, and a country in crisis through the relatable lens of one boy's perspective.
  • A searingly relevant story about what happens to communities and families when a government perpetuates a culture of fear
  • Buoyed by snappy pacing and a charming, humorous narrative voice; this keeps the story from getting too maudlin

About the author

Lois Ruby is a former librarian and the author of 20 books for young readers. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband.

ISBN: 9781541557499
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Dimensions: 0 x 0mm, 224pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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