In this noir mystery middle grade from Newbery Honor author Eugene Yelchin, a boy stumbles upon a secret that jeopardizes American national security.
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 12-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.--from the publisher
352 pages 978-1250120816 Ages 8-12
Keywords: noir tale; national prejudice; propaganda
"Newbery Medal winning author Eugene Yelchin has crafted an intriguing mystery-thriller about a twelve-year-old boy who suspects his neighbor may be a Russian spy. The 1953 setting blends propaganda of the times, spy-craft, and history into a fast-paced tween read. " - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
In Spy Runner, a noir mystery middle grade novel from Newbery Honor author Eugene Yelchin, a boy stumbles upon a secret that jeopardizes American national security.--from the publisher