Module 10: What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

4052117Title: What I Saw and How I Lied

Author: Judy Blundell

Publisher: Scholastic

Published Date: 2008


Evie is a normal girl that doesn’t really have an excitement in her life. This all changes when her step father decides to take them on vacation to Palm Beach, Florida. Evie and her mom are excited to leave New York City and have a real vacation. The end of the war, a big deal, mistrust, secret romances and murder occur. Will she ever go back to her normal life? Will she want to?

APA Reference:

Blundell, J. (2008). What I saw and how I lied. New York, NY: Scholastic.


I loved this for its 1940s setting. I don’t know if it would have been as good had it been in another era. I wanted to smack Evie the whole time though. But I guess that’s how our friends and family feel with us when we have a crush.

Professional Review:

Gr9 Up–It’s 1947 and Evie’s stepfather Joe has returned home to Brooklyn after World War II. Life is slowly returning to normal, until the devastatingly handsome Peter Coleridge appears, looking for his old war buddy. Joe, obviously upset by Peter’s appearance, decides to take Evie and her mother on a vacation to West Palm Beach, Florida. Evie’s family quickly makes friends with another New York City couple, the Graysons, and Joe and Mr. Grayson begin to make business plans. Then Peter appears and Evie, who is almost 16, begins falling in love with him. She doesn’t find it easy to spend time with him because her mother accompanies them everywhere. Tensions mount as Joe’s hatred for Peter and her mother’s infatuation with the younger man grow and put Evie in the middle of something she does not understand. When tragedy strikes and Peter disappears during a sailing expedition with her parents, Evie must determine who is lying and what is the truth in order to save her family. Judy Blundell’s National Book Award winner (Scholastic, 2008) translates well to the audio format, with Caitlin Greer perfectly capturing Evie’s voice in this intricate coming-of-age novel that is compelling blend of romance, adventure, mystery, and historical fiction.

Hilbun, J. (2010). What I saw and how I lied. School Library Journal, 56(4), 60-61.

Library Use:

This murder mystery drama asks readers to decide if what Evie did was okay or not. Were her actions moral? Learning about morals and ethics is hard because there is no black and white. An ethical discussion could be followed by the reading of this novel.


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