Book Review: Catch You Later, Traitor

Hey, y’all! Sorry I’ve been kinda quiet lately, I’ve been (thinks of my practicing one song on the piano yesterday for an hour and a half; the Spanish 1 final I took on Thursday; the science test, also on Thursday; my cousin’s wedding next weekend; my sister’s graduation in two weeks; all of my homework)…busy. And quite a bit stressed. High school is hard, y’all, especially when you want straight A’s. But I didn’t post this to rant…

Anyway, I’m doing another book review! Sometimes I don’t really like doing these and then I read a really, really good book and know I have to do one or I’ll explode. So here I am 😀

Catch You Later, Traitor


by Avi


Goodreads description: Brooklyn, New York, 1951.

Twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas, but when an FBI agent shows up at Pete’s doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist, Pete finds himself caught in a real-life mystery. Could there really be Commies in Pete’s family? At the same time, Pete’s class turns against him, thanks to similar rumors spread by his own teacher; even Kat, Pete’s best friend, feels the pressure to ditch him. As Pete follows the quickly accumulating clues, he begins to wonder if the truth could put his family’s livelihood–and even their freedom–at risk.


Why Review? Because it was amazing.


Plot–5/5 Five thousand out of five stars. It was…amazing. I finished it in a day and a half and could not put it down.

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Storyline–4.99999/5 Because I’ve never read a novel that has an A+++++ storyline (well, except for maybe the third book of the Ascendance Trilogy) but this one came very, very close. It really made me think about things I’ve never really thought about before, like how the Red Scare impacted everybody and people who weren’t Communist were hurt by it.


Character Development–5/5 Pete…first a boy, then a man, and then a boy again. Avi did a great job with this.


Writing style–4/5 This was the first book by Avi that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed his style. Only a few scenes here and there that were oddly written prevented me from giving it five stars.


Overall rating–5/5 I finished this book late into the night and all I could do afterwards was sit on my bed and think about how good it was. I was near tears at some parts and laughing at others, and it showed me the Korean War era from a whole new perspective. It’s going onto my list of favorites–not only on the list, but somewhere near the top.



Y’all read any good books lately? Have any of you ever read Catch You Later, Traitor, or any other books by Avi? What are your favorite novels?



I’ll be back soon–after Kenzie’s wedding this week *squeals*, hopefully I’ll have a post commemorating that. 😀 😀 😀 😀







Book Review: The Borrowers

The Borrowers

the borrowers

By Mary Norton


Arriety Clock is a Borrower–that is, she and her family secretly live in the house of the ‘human beans’ and ‘borrow’ items from the humans to survive–but at fourteen, she is curious and unsatisfied with life beneath the floor. That is until she is ‘seen’ and meets The Boy. For the first time ever, Borrowers become friends with a human bean–until mishap strikes and their world is literally turned upside down.


Why Review? As a child, I enjoyed the movie adaption of this book and I’ve had the book on my shelf for AGES. Currently, I’m going through my shelf from top to bottom and rereading all the books I haven’t ever read/finished, and this was one early on in my list.



This novel, a children’s classic, has an interesting enough plot. It’s not fantastic, but it’s not dull, either.



The storyline is mediocre, and I’m not exactly sure how this book became such a favorite. Honestly, I didn’t much enjoy it. It bored me, and I’m sure it would bore anybody above the age of nine.


Character development–3/5

Throughout the novel, Arriety’s parents learn to overcome their distrust of the human beans and grow to depend on The Boy, though I think Norton could have done a much better job of showing this. The way it was written it just wasn’t clear enough why they began to do away with hundreds of years of Borrower tradition.


Writing style–3/5

The style was okay. I liked how Norton left me hanging at the end and her transition of Kate’s point of view to Arriety’s at the beginning, but I found myself wading through most of it, even some of the action scenes.


Overall Rating–2/5

Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy this book, and I don’t think it’s just because it’s for children. I did, however, like the sequel a little bit more, but not enough to really care for.



Have any of y’all ever read this book? If so, what are your thoughts?








Sebastian, a lonely, unhappy bear, was never heard from in the animal kingdom after he went to visit Miss Franny Block’s library on the corner of Burden Avenue and 21st Street in Naomi, Florida. He was normal looking bear: tall, shaggy, and somewhat mangy with carrion usually stuck in his teeth and big, black eyes. Thus being said, he caused quite a stir whenever he left his forest abode, particularly when he went into civilizations known as towns.


Being scorned by the bears and all woodland civilization because of his quiet demeanor, Sebastian longed to do something more with his life than sit by himself and eat berries. It came to him that there were other places in his vicinity besides the forest. So, after giving his favourite tree one last scratch, ate a few blackberries, and, armed with his wits and claws, set out to see the world.


It was only chance, Sebastian knew, that he came across the town of Naomi first in his travels. The tiny community was made famous for its Litmus Lozenges, a candy created by a lonely survivor the Civil War. Its ingredient that made it special was sorrow, which, according to India Opal Buloni, went well with flavors reminiscent of strawberry and root beer.


During Sebastian journeys, Opal’s father wasn’t even thought of, let alone the girl herself. But as this leads into her dog’s story, it is only right to give her credit for the retelling of Sebastian’s.


Naomi was quaint town, Sebastian knew. It boasted a Litmus Lozenge factory, a church, and mom-and-pop shops. But what interested him most was the library.


The library was Miss Franny Block’s, given to her by her father, who, because of his grandfather’s candy-making success, was filthy rich. It was a small library, but held the classics, such as War and Peace, A Tale of Two Cities, etc.


Well, by Miss Franny’s own account, it was a Thursday in the summer that Sebastian first came to visit Miss Franny. Sebastian had been watching the town for a little over a week, hanging around the outskirts, watching the farmers and farmhands and pastors and teachers and factory workers and rich people come and go. And he noticed that the people who went into the little white house with the picket fence on the corner of Burden and 21st always came out with something. Boxes, he thought. Little boxes that are somehow bigger on the inside. The people open them and stare at them. I’ve seen them do it lot’s of times. The children in the schoolyard do it, too, only their boxes are different.


And then, on that Thursday, Sebastian the bear decided that he wanted a box.


And what do you do when you want a box?


You go to the place where the boxes are being distributed.


So Sebastian did.


Now, by her own account, Miss Franny was a real smart-alec when it came to her library. On the particular day that Sebastian came to visit, Miss Franny was engrossed in a novel, War and Peace to be exact. Sebastian, who was a very kind bear, did not want to disturb the lady at the desk, so, as quietly as he could, he walked through the open door. Miss Franny, asking if she could help him, did not look up.


And then, it happened.


Perhaps it was the whiff of rotting flesh that Sebastian carried, or the way his big shadow fell across Miss Franny’s page. Sebastian never knew. All he knew was that Miss Franny did not want him in her library.


So, raising her thousand-page novel in her hand, Miss Franny launched her book right at poor Sebastian’s head.


Sebastian had his box.






(Disclaimer: I do not own the copyright for any of the characters related to Because of Winn-Dixie. I only wrote this story as a sort of fanfiction for myself and others to enjoy)