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“The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.
I don’t mean the small fibs that children tell. I mean real lies fed by real fears — things I said and did that took me out of the life I’d always known and put me down hard into a new one.
It was the autumn of 1943 when my steady life began to spin, not only because of the war that had drawn the whole world into a screaming brawl, but also because of the dark-hearted girl who came to our hills and changed everything.” – [popup_anything id=”1810″]
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town.
Until the day a new student named Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks.
While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness.
She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
When Annabelle gets involved in a mess of cruelty and injustice, she finds herself in a very difficult spot. When she tells the truth no one believes her, but, when she lies she gets deeper and deeper into the mess she so desperately wants to get out of.
A tale of finding out what the right thing to do is,[popup_anything id=”1810″]keeps you engaged until the very end. It stirs the question inside of you, “what would I have done in her situation?”
[popup_anything id=”1810″]is a very good book. It is one that’s get you thinking about right and wrong.
The characters in this book are all very strong, and equally relatable. The situations are impossible. Lauren Wolk does a wonderful job tying it all together into one brilliant masterpiece, that plays with your emotions.
I would not recommend this book to young children. It is better suited to teenagers and young adults, as the subject matter is very mature.
This book deals with big problems, extreme bullying, injuries and even death, which would prove very distressing for younger children.
[popup_anything id=”1810″]is amazingly written but is certainly intended for an older audience.
I received it for Christmas and began reading it almost immediately. I finished it in only a few days, as I found it very un-put-downable.
After finishing however, it took me a little while to be able to read another book, as I was still very much involved in it even after I had the entire book.
[popup_anything id=”1810″]is a must read for teens and adults alike!