Spy runner

by Yelchin, Eugene,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
It's 1953 and the Cold War is on. Communism threatens all that the United States stands for, and America needs every patriot to do their part. So when a Russian boarder moves into the home of twelve-year-old Jake McCauley, he's on high alert. What does the mysterious Mr. Shubin do with all that photography equipment? And why did he choose to live so close to the Air Force base? Jake's mother says that Mr. Shubin knew Jake's dad, who went missing in action during World War II. But Jake is skeptical; the facts just don't add up. And he's determined to discover the truth--no matter what he risks.Godwin Books
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "There aren't many noir thrillers out there for middle-graders, but Newbery Honor Book winner Yelchin (Breaking Stalin's Nose, 2011) has turned out a humdinger. It's 1953, the Cold War's in full swing, and kids are being inculcated with anti-Communist sentiments on the news, at school, and even in their comic books. Like his classmates, 12-year-old Jake McCauley is dedicated to American values, but he also has a secret mission: to find his father, who went MIA during WWII. Jake's two causes become bewilderingly intertwined when his mom rents their spare room to a Russian man named Shubin. Convinced Shubin is a Communist spy, Jake decides to expose the man for what he is. Yelchin builds tension into every chapter as Jake dodges suspicious characters, discovers top-secret documents, tangles with danger, and starts questioning what he's been taught. Grainy black-and-white photos, as might be taken with a spy camera, pepper the text, further enhancing the story's mysterious atmosphere. The action never stops, and readers will be gripped as the narrative thunders to a satisfying conclusion.--Julia Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As Americans are told to do their part against Communism during the cold war, 12-year-old Jake McCauley is called to action after his mother invites a Russian boarder to rent his father's attic office. Jake sees his mother's choice as the ultimate betrayal, given that his father has been MIA from the U.S. Air Force since "the old war, the big one, the one with the Nazis." Jake is certain that the boarder, Mr. Shubin, is hiding something, and he'll stop at nothing to uncover the Russian's secrets-even if they're closer to home than Jake ever could have imagined. Yelchin, a Russian-born author and artist, expertly deploys subtle hints about Shubin's ties to Jake's family, foreshadowing the impending reveal, but some details may seem obscure to readers at the young end of the stated range (when Shubin first arrives, Jake returns home to find his mother, shoes and purse abandoned, "barefoot, laughing, her hair a mess"). Steeped in the paranoia and propaganda of the era, the noir tale draws parallels to the current political and social climate, nationalistic prejudices, and media-disseminated misinformation. Black-and-white pixelated images, like a trench coat-clad man's reflection in a shined shoe, add to the sense of time and place while challenging readers to question both their validity and Jake's suspicion of Mr. Shubin. Well-plotted and -paced, Yelchin's thriller will be a favorite among readers who have an interest in history and intrigue. Ages 8-12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Middle school students -- Juvenile fiction.
Family secrets -- Juvenile fiction.
Cold War -- Juvenile fiction.
Middle school students -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Cold War -- Fiction.
Spies -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Spy fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Noir fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 346 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781250120816
1250120810
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