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Catch a Tiger by the Toe by Ellen Levine
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Mar 28, 10

bookshelves: historical, jf
Read in March, 2010

I am always looking for well researched works of historical fiction about time periods and events that I know little about. When I was in school, it seemed that none of our social studies classes ever got past WWII, and although I have heard of McCarthyism and have a general idea of what it was all about, Catch a Tiger by the Toe provided me with a more indepth look at what life may have been like for Americans affected by Senator McCarthy's agenda.

Jamie is a typical Jr. High School student who is looking forward to working on the school newspaper and spending time pouring over movie magazines with her best friend Elaine. Her family has a secret though, and it is everyone's responsibility to keep it. When her family including Jamie herself starts living by their ideals, life changes but not necessarily in the ways they expected.
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