The Blood Lie
September 22, 1928, Massena, New York. Jack Pool's sixteenth birthday. He's been restless lately, especially during this season of more-times-at-the-synagogue than you can shake a stick at. If it wasn't Rosh Hashanah, then it was Yom Kippur, and if it wasn't Yom Kippur, it was the Sabbath. But temple's good for some things. It gives him lots of time to daydream about a bea...more
This short novel shows the hatred and anti-semitism that existed in the 1920s. Based on a true story, this novel will teach young people what it means to hate, and more importantly, what it means to forgive.
I feel like Shirley Vernick's first novel deserves more than the three stars I'm giving her, I would have chosen three and a half if Goodreads allowed. The selling point of the story, especially from the point of view of a teacher, is the thematic elements.
In an era of ever-growing attention to bullying and bigotry, this novel puts forth the story of a Jewish boy who is accused of murder by the people in his to ...more
It’s September 22, 1928, and sixteen-year-old Jack Pool is itching to leave his small town in upstate New York. A talented cellist, he has an audition at the Bentley School of Music in three days. Acceptance to the elite boarding school will be his ticket out of Massena. It will also mean leaving behind the girl that he knows he can never have: Jack is Jewish, and Emaline Durham is Christian.
In the opening pages of “The Blood Lie: A Novel,” by Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), we ...more
What I did enjoy about Shirley Reva Vernick's take on these actual events is how innocent she shows Jack to really ...more
Jack Pool is a promising musician, falling in love for the first time, and Jewish. He longs for a Gentile girl, Emaline. He knows his music will take him away from his small town of Massena, New York, and that he and Emaline can never be together.
When Emalines little sister, Daisy goes missing, the town turns against the Pool famil ...more
My issue with this novel was that it just didn't read powerfully enough for such a huge subject matter. It takes place ...more
The Blood Lie is ...more
And that's a good thing.
This book uncovers the naked truth about prejudice and discrimination as it existed in the early 20th century in a small town in New York. The whole book covers four days -- four horrible days when the very existence of Jews in this small town is ...more
That’s what I wrote on Goodreads immediately after finishing. It just really, really pissed me off. Reading how Gus, a diner owner who apparently hates Jews, fabricates some story just to divert attention so he can get his booze (this was during Prohibition) – ugh! I was very, very angry at that man.
So, clearly Vernick wrote this very well. It has quite th ...more
A short review for a short book: What a heartbreaking novel. There was a lot of prejudice early on in the twentieth century and this book really shows that ...more
Interesting book, simplistically told.
This is the true story of a child who went missing in 1928 Massena, NY. The search quickly devolved in an anti-semitic witch hunt. A Jewish boy was accused of killing the girl as a blood sacrifice for a Jewish religious holiday.
This is a great book for the middle grades. It's a book that teachers will love to use in the classroom because there is ample opportunity for connections to non-fiction texts and sociological developments. But it is not a ...more
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The main character is an average young Jewish American, until the day someone hiding from the law starts a horrible lie, a blood lie, that will ignite the fears and hatred of the town and forever change the way he views t ...more