Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.
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"Narrator Meredith Orlow captures protagonist HazelÕs energy and curiosity. The story is set in small-town New England at the height of McCarthy-era paranoia. Friendless and lonely, Hazel is obsessing over both creating a bomb shelter in the cemetery her parents run and the new grave digger, who she thinks could be a Russian spy. Orlow contrasts her character with that of Samuel, a new boy in town, giving him a voice that is skeptical and convincingly boyish as he helps Hazel with her detective work. Orlow varies her expression and pacingÑeven breaking into songÑas Hazel uncovers secrets she didnÕt suspect or want to know. This is a lively story about actions and consequences, trust and community. A.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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