What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Blundell, Judy. What I Saw and How I Lied. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.

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2008, National Book Award for Young People’s Literature


Set during World War II, fifteen-year-old Evie Spooner learns about the deceptive existence her mother and stepfather live, which can only lead to tragedy.


What if you were to discover that your family is not who they seem? When Evie’s stepfather moves the family to Palm Beach, she thought her world was fine. Here, she falls in love with Peter. However, this happiness does not last. The perfection she thinks she has is a sham.

Who are Evie’s mother and stepfather? Well, Evie will slowly realize the harsh truth. This truth involves cheating, stealing, and shockingly murder. Now, what could Evie possibly see and how did she commit that lie?


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