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It's 1958, the Cold War is on, and McCarthyism causes ordinary citizens to be suspected of treason. In Berkeley, California, fourteen-year-old Donna is happily organizing the Ritchie Valens fan club, when her father, a physics professor at the University of California, comes under investigation by the FBI. Her rebellious older sister, Alice, joins a group of beatniks befor ...more
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Published February 20th 2017 by iUniverse
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Emily
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim, mainly because it was YA based on a historical period (1950s and McCarthyism) that I had never ready anything about. I really enjoyed reading it. This story centers around a 14 year old girl named Donna and her family. Her father is a physics professor at Berkley and he is accused of being a communist, which causes problems for the whole family. It was a very interesting and engaging read and my only complaint is that I wish it was longer. I loved the 1950s slang and ...more
David
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While a quick read, I thoroughly enjoyed the book bringing me back to the 50s with its red baiting, H-Bomb scares, and student protests.
Tanya Nichols
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic YA read. Engaging characters in a time of unrest that seems relevant today. Highly recommend.
Sean Lynch
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering it's a relatively brief novel, Commie Pinko explores a crucial moment in American history with rich detail, using the point-of-view of a naive Berkeley high school student to give the reader a street-level perspective of the McCarthy era and the cultural shift of the late 50's.

While the HUAC storyline is the primary focus, there are also meaty observations about the role of women, young people, beatniks, and political agitators in the oppressive environment of mid-century America. P
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Janet Nichols Lynch’s most recent novels are COMMIE PINKO, about the McCarthy era and teen life in Berkeley, CA, in the 1950s; WHEEL OF FIRE, about a teen trying to free another teen from a destructive cult; MY BEAUTIFUL HIPPIE, about growing up in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and RACING CALIFORNIA, about the Amgen Tour of California. She is the author of the novels ADDICTED TO HER, MESSED UP ...more
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