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I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Cristian Florescu is a seventeen-year-old living in communist Romania. When he is caught with foreign currency, Cristian is pressured to spy on the American diplomat’s son he knows. Cristian dreams of being a writer, able to write whatever he thinks, but in his world anyone could be an informer, including himself.

I Must Betray You is a heart breaking window into communist Romania on the eve of its collapse. Cristian’s experience is fascinating and opened my eyes to a period of history I knew little about. This is a powerful and well researched book with a difficult but important story to share.

Recommended ages–13 and up


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