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Red Menace

Red Menace by Lois Ruby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well done, Lois Ruby. This story is compelling and tells about a time in our history (1950’s McCarthyism) that could easily be compared to what’s happening today.

Marty Rafner loves baseball, Micky Mantle and is preparing for his bar mitzvah. That’s plenty for a 13-year-old to deal with, but when paranoia and prejudice rear its ugly head his family is accused of being communist spies.

This is the time when the Rosenberg’s execution is fast approaching. Rumors are enough to get people fired and Marty kicked off the baseball team. Life will never be the same for this family or the little berg they live in Kansas.

There’s a lot going on in this book and the suspense builds with every page. What would you do if your mother was accused of being a spy? It’s pretty hard for Marty to take, but he’s made of stern stuff and finds it in himself to help others even during this turmoil.

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