The Ivan series will have children on the edge of their seats as they experience a different culture, historical period and a different world of just 30 years ago! But they will see that in one sense, these two worlds aren't that different. Christian children in any era or country will identify with Ivan ns Katya's struggles to stay faithful despite the name-calling, teasing and enmity of their fellow classmates. They'll also see the other side of persecution--the separation from families, the secrecy, fear of discovery, interrogations and injustice of a communist/atheistic society.
In Ivan and the Informer, Ivan is still having problems. He refuses to join the Communist youth organizations and his classmates make fun of him because of it. Ivan is finding it difficult to make friends as the young people at school mock his faith. Boris tries to force him off the school hockey team, and his teacher tells him that Christians are not allowed to attend any university. Just when Ivan thinks it can't get any worse, disaster strikes. Ivan is taken in for questioning by the police after he attends a secret Bible study. Suddenly even his Christian friends don't trust him anymore. Ivan knows there is an informer somewhere but everybody thinks it is him. How can Ivan clear his name? What will he do? Recommended for ages 9 to 12.