I Must Betray You

Sepetys, R.
Seventeen-year-old Cristian lives in communist Romania, where secret agents are everywhere, and people are suppressed by a spy network. When an agent blackmails Cristian into becoming an informant, he has little choice but to agree to spy on a US diplomatic family, lying to his family and betraying those he loves. As communist regimes crumble across Europe, the youth of Romania rise up on a wave of solidarity and courage and Cristian joins the revolution and risks everything for freedom. This fast-paced novel deals with complex issues of responsibility, truth, loyalty, family, activism, advocacy, love and loyalty, justice, and power, and is suitable for literature circles or independent reading.
English Language Arts
  • 8-12