April Dive | Dare to Enter ‘The Traitors’ Gate’ by Avi

Newbery Award winning author Avi visits Stillwater Public Library for a talk and book-signing on Tuesday, April 7 @ 6:30pm. It’s an incredible chance to meet this champion of middle grades historical fiction!

TraitorsGateIn coordination with his visit, Deep Blue Readers are picking up The Traitors’ Gate (2007) by Avi for our April book selection, with book club meeting Sunday, April 26 @ 1:30pm.

John thinks his father is telling the truth-for once-when he claims he doesn’t belong in debtors’ prison. John is determined to find out who wanted his father arrested and why. He soon finds himself immersed in a world of spies and subterfuge, filled with possible suspects. Just what is his father’s secret, and why does everyone from the family’s maid to a Scotland Yard inspector have a stake in it?

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Teen Reads says,

Readers certainly will be drawn into THE TRAITORS’ GATE for its many plot twists and mysteries, as well as for its vivid and intense descriptions of Victorian London, including the city’s less savory sights and smells.

  • Avi took inspiration from Victorian London and author Charles Dickens, a Victorian Era Rock Star (video), for The Traitors’ Gate.
  • Sink even deeper into the history with Judith Flanders, who wrote over 500 pages for The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London.
  • Elizabeth Varadan includes The Traitors’ Gate as she describes Why Middle Grade Teachers Need Historical Mysteries in the Classroom Library — devour even more historical fiction with her many MGlit recs!DBR_Spring2015sm
  • The Traitors’ Gate earned a School Library Journal starred review and was named among Best Books of the Year by Banks College of Education.
  • Inkweaver and BookLoons both offer a longer synopsis of the action you’ll encounter in The Traitors’ Gate.
  • Publisher’s Weekly interviews Avi for Catch You Later, Traitor.
  • Decided you really like historical fiction and want to find more? Here’s a useful list organized by time period -or- choose historical fiction from our Tag Cloud at right to remind yourself of DBR book selections in this genre.

For a full bibliography of Avi’s many books, including the newly released Catch You Later, Traitor, visit his website! Valley Bookseller will be on hand at Stillwater Public Library when Avi visits April 7 with editions of his books for sale, or you can contact them for pre-order.

Download the Deep Blue Readers Spring 2015 flyer (.pdf)