Young Adult Post WWII Jewish War Story: What I Saw and How I Lied

YA WWII Jewish Story Set in Florida

This award winning young adult novel (National Book Award Winner, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and An ALA Best Book for Young Adults) is a coming of age novel that oozes with “Mad Men” glamor and ambiance. Fifteen-year-old Evie’s stepfather returns from WWII and the family heads off to Palm Beach. It is here that layers of secrets and lies are revealed bit by bit.

A young and handsome ex-GI soldier, Peter Coleridge, shows up who catches both Evie and her beautiful mother’s eye. A couple at their hotel, The Graysons, become important friends of her step-father’s but have their own secret they are hiding. And Evie’s step-father has a secret that threatens to destroy them all. Murder, plundered Nazi treasure stolen from European Jews, and anti-Jewish prejudice in America, and redemption, are all interwoven into the plot. This is a page-turner that is impossible to put down.

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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. This looks good! I have a high interest in WWII — thanks for letting me know about this book. 🙂

    Love the title of your blog, by the way (The “Type A Parenting” part cracks me up. I can fall under that category.)

    • If you read the last pages of her book at the end, she notes where she got her research for the book. It’s based on what really happened in Saltzberg, Austria after the Germans left warehouses of ill-gotten goods from the Jews.

      It’s a great story; I hope you enjoy it!

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