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What I Saw and How I Lied

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ISBN13: 9780439903462
ISBN10: 0439903467
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Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII

When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

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"Blundell, author of Star Wars novelizations, turns out a taut, noirish mystery/coming-of-age story set in 1947; it's easy to picture it as a film starring Lana Turner, who is mentioned in these pages. When first met, 15-year-old Evie and her best friend are buying chocolate cigarettes to practice smoking. Evie sheds that innocence on a trip to Florida, where her stepfather, Joe, back from the war in Europe, abruptly takes her and her beautiful mother, Beverly, and where Evie falls in love with glamorous Peter, an army buddy whom Joe is none too happy to see. But after a boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, Evie is forced to revisit her romance with Peter and her relationships with Joe and her mother, and to consider that her assumptions about all three may have been wrong from the beginning. Blundell throws Evie's inexperience into high relief with slangy, retro dialogue: Peter calls Evie 'pussycat'; Beverly says her first husband 'kicked through love like it was dust and he kept on walking.' Readers can taste Evie's alienation and her yearning; it's a stylish, addictive brew. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Those craving suspense with their holiday bonbons can slip into this year's National Book Award winner. The novel is set in 1947, a time of prosperity for 15-year-old Evie. Her adored stepfather, Joe, has returned from the war to Queens with the means to start a new business. Her beautiful mother no longer has to work. But no one asks where the money has come from or why Joe, after a mysterious phone... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly.  But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories.  When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes.  She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves.  Someone will have to be betrayed.  The question is . . . who?

About the Author

Judy Blundell's WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED is the 2008 winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. As Jude Watson, she is the author of several titles in the New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series as well as the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. She lives in Katonah, New York.

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kseghers47, December 3, 2008 (view all comments by kseghers47)
I'm a youth services assistant at a library. I want to read this book, put it up on display since it is a 2008 National Book award winner. The title is different.
I'm going to read more about the author also.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439903462
Author:
Blundell, Judy
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Author:
Cray, Jordan
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
History
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Blundell, author of Star Wars novelizations, turns out a taut, noirish mystery/coming-of-age story set in 1947; it's easy to picture it as a film starring Lana Turner, who is mentioned in these pages. When first met, 15-year-old Evie and her best friend are buying chocolate cigarettes to practice smoking. Evie sheds that innocence on a trip to Florida, where her stepfather, Joe, back from the war in Europe, abruptly takes her and her beautiful mother, Beverly, and where Evie falls in love with glamorous Peter, an army buddy whom Joe is none too happy to see. But after a boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, Evie is forced to revisit her romance with Peter and her relationships with Joe and her mother, and to consider that her assumptions about all three may have been wrong from the beginning. Blundell throws Evie's inexperience into high relief with slangy, retro dialogue: Peter calls Evie 'pussycat'; Beverly says her first husband 'kicked through love like it was dust and he kept on walking.' Readers can taste Evie's alienation and her yearning; it's a stylish, addictive brew. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly.  But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories.  When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes.  She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves.  Someone will have to be betrayed.  The question is . . . who?

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