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Teens grapple with issues and institutions in these YA books rooted in political history. New York Times best-selling author L.M. Elliott’s novel Suspect Red takes on McCarthyism in America when a 1950’s teen named Richard establishes a controversial friendship after Czechoslovakian neighbors move in down the street. As the nation’s paranoia is at an all-time-high, Richard is torn between proving his patriotism, and continuing a friendship with someone who understands his love of art and literature. Former reporter for the Boston Globe’s famous Spotlight Team, Dick Lehr investigated the case that would later become the basis for his novel Trell about a young African-American man convicted of a murder that he didn’t commit. Set in 1980s Boston, the novel follows an innocent young man’s search for justice.