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I must betray you / Ruta Sepetys.

Sepetys, Ruta, (author.).


"Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren't free to dream; they are bound by rules and force. Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He's left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves -- or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe. Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives. But what is the cost of freedom? Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys is back with a historical thriller that examines the little-known history of a nation defined by silence, pain, and the unwavering conviction of the human spirit." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984836038
  • ISBN: 198483603X
  • ISBN: 9780800012793
  • ISBN: 9781984836045
  • ISBN: 9780800034559
  • ISBN: 0-8000-3455-4
  • Physical Description: ix, 319 pages : illustrations, map, photographs ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date, and paging may vary.
Includes photographs, Author's note and Research and sources.
"Trust no one. Tell no one. Spies are everywhere." --from cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-319)
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12 and up. Philomel Books.
Grades 7-9. Philomel Books.
HL500L Lexile
Decoding demand: 99 (very high) Semantic demand: 100 (very high) Syntactic demand: 75 (high) Structure demand: 88 (very high) Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.3 8 516096.
Awards Note:
Gateway Readers Award nominee, 2024-2025
Subject: Espionage > Romania > History > Fiction.
Families > Romania > Fiction.
Dictatorship > Fiction.
Revolutions > Fiction.
Romania > History > Revolution, 1989 > Fiction.
Bucharest (Romania) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Genre: Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Political fiction.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 77 of 87 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 7 of 9 copies available at Cass County.


  • 2 current holds with 87 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Archie YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205492701 Young Adult Award Available -
Cass County Library-Bookmobile YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205985746 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Cass County Library-Drexel YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205492719 Young Adult Award Available -
Cass County Library-Garden City YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205492727 Young Adult Award Reshelving -
Cass County Library-Harrisonville YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205492453 Young Adult Award Reshelving -
Cass County Library-Harrisonville YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205985753 Young Adult Award Reshelving -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205492461 Young Adult Award Available -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205985761 Young Adult Award Checked out 05/25/2024
Cass County Library-Pleasant Hill YA SEP 2022 (Text) 0002205492479 Young Adult Award Checked out 06/04/2024

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