Saturday, December 5, 2009

A National Book Award Winner

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (NY: Scholastic, 2008)

This historical novel, set in post-WW2 1947, features almost-sixteen-year-old Evie Spooner, whose stepfather Joe has just returned from the war. Everything seems great at first--Joe quickly finds business success while Evie's mom finally gets to stop working. Then Joe's past intrudes and the family takes a sudden vacation to Florida where Evie falls in love with an ex-GI who had served under Joe and seems to know something. The mysterious web grows ever thicker, and Evie has to intervene to set things right, as the title suggests.

Mild sexual situations, language. Grades 7 and up.

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