Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi is the first book I am reading aloud to my fifth graders this year. Set in the early 50s, Pete's teacher accuses Pete's father of being a Communist and begins mistreating Pete. Pete's classmates leave him out of recess games and his best friend becomes distant.
I have given my students some background information about the Cold War and how innocent people lost jobs and freedom just because someone accused them of being a Communist. We are relating this to other times in history where people were mistreated based on their beliefs or culture.
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