Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Spy Catchers of Maple HillSummary:  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.

Bloomsbury

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3 thoughts on “The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

  1. I liked this book a lot, it was very intriguing. It also gave a peek into the lives of small town America during the Cold War.

  2. I do not disagree, but I did find this book slightly stereotyped. You had the two joined-at-the-hip mean girls, the oblivious parents, the big, mysterious man, the nerdy girl-boy team. Although I was a little bit predictable, I agree with Benjamin W. in saying that this was a very informative and intriguing book.

  3. I, too, thought this book was very informative about the time period in which it was placed. I could picture the town of Maple Hill and understood the atmosphere.
    The characters developed and I either liked or disliked them very strongly. The main character, Hazel, was interesting. She believed so strongly and without caution or consideration in whatever rumors were currently circulating about Russian spies (even if those rumors were about her best friend’s mother) that it became irritating, as I believe it was meant to be.
    I liked this book, but I might have enjoyed it more if I was more around Hazel’s age (about sixth grade, I think).
    I’m undecided as to whether this book will win the Newbery or not.

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