I Must Betray You: A powerful, heart-breaking thriller based on real events. The winner of the Yoto Carnegie Shadowers' Choice Medal for Writing 2023 (Paperback)
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I Must Betray You: A powerful, heart-breaking thriller based on real events. The winner of the Yoto Carnegie Shadowers' Choice Medal for Writing 2023 (Paperback)

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Published: 04/08/2022
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A tense and compulsively readable YA thriller based closely on the real events of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, I Must Betray You follows a boy who faces unimaginable choices when approached by the secret police.

Shortlisted for The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing 2023

Trapped by an evil dictatorship, will Cristian be forced to betray his family or will he risk everything he loves to resist? A bestselling YA thriller based on real events, from a prizewinning author.

Cristian has lived his entire life in the grip of a repressive dictatorship. The country is governed by fear. When the secret police blackmail him, Cristian has an impossible choice. Save the life of his sick grandfather by informing on his family, or risk his life - and all of theirs - by resisting?

At 17, Cristian dreams of being free but doesn't know where to turn. In this climate of constant suspicion, can he trust his best friend, his girlfriend or even his family?

Closely based on the real events of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, this is a powerful, heart-breaking thriller from the author of Salt to the Sea, winner of the Carnegie Medal.

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781444967616
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Sepetys brilliantly blends a staggering amount of research with heart, craft, and insight in a way very few writers can . . . the novel crackles with energy. . . The last line will leave readers gasping. Compulsively readable and briliant. - Kirkus, starred review

A tense, thought-provoking thriller set in a world where no one can be trusted. - Fiona Noble, The Guardian

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“A gripping and educational insight into a slice of history not often explored in fiction.”

Through short, punchy chapters and a constant atmosphere of tension and danger, Rita Sepetys has crafted a story that brilliantly portrays both the physical and psychological toll living under a communist regime... More

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“Magnificent!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, I'm sure my review will be in no way good enough to describe my thoughts after reading this book...
This is a magnificent read for teens and older, it is... More

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“Unflinching, raw and moving historical fiction at its best.”

I’ve read a few of Ruta Sepetys’ books now and I never fail to be blown away by them. The incredible levels of research that go into them, the personal connections and raw emotions, the moral dilemmas and unflinching... More

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