What I Saw and How I Lied

Posted in Uncategorized by yabg on January 17, 2009

by Judy Blundell (Scholastic 2008) January 20, 2009

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Booktalks: From Scholastic,
Author Info: National Book Foundation Interview, Galleycat Video Interview, By Daniel Handler on SLJ,

Reviews: Booklist, Barnes & Noble, Teenreads.com, BookPage, Cleveland.com – Review by Rollie Welch, Common Sense Media,
Blogger Reviews: Bookends – Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan, Christian Science Monitor’s “Books”, The Reading Zone, One Minute Book Reviews
Awards & Lists
: National Book Award for Young Peoples’ Literature 2008,

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Other Books that Take Place in 1947:

Picture Books
Jackie’s Bat by Marybeth Lorbiecki (Simon & Schuster 2006) Brooklyn, New York
Joey, the batboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, learns a hard lesson about respect for people of different races after Jackie Robinson joins the team. (BWI)
Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg (Peachtree 2005) Brooklyn, New York
In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers’ first baseman, Jackie Robinson.
Flying Over Brooklyn by Myron Uhlberg (Peachtree 1999) Brooklyn, New York
Lifted by the wind, a boy flies over snow-covered Brooklyn and admires its winter beauty. Includes information about the 1947 Brooklyn snowstorm, the greatest in its history.

Middle Grade Fiction
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume (Bradbury Press 1977) Miami Beach, Florida”
While spending the winter of 1947-48 in Miami Beach with her family, ten-year-old Sally makes up stories, casts herself in starring roles in movies, and encounters a sinister stranger.
Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman (Avon 1999) New York, New York
Joe Stoshack, a boy who has the ability to travel through time, learns a lesson about dignified behavior in the face of ethnic and racial strife when he goes back to 1947 to meet African-American baseball legend Jackie Robinson. (TW)
Millie Cooper and Friends by Charlotte Herman (Viking 1995) Chicago, Illinois
Millie, a fourth-grader in 1947, struggles with her feelings and choices when her best friend seems to prefer the company of a new classmate.
The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11 by Amy Hest (Candlewick 1995) Texas
In a series of journal entries and letters to a pen pal, Katie relates her feelings about her father’s death in World War II, her mother’s remarriage, and the family’s move from New York City to Texas.
Fire in the Wind by Betty Levin (Greenwillow 1995) Maine
In 1947 in Maine, a raging fire that threatens their farm and the nearby town makes the members of Meg’s extended family see their strained relationships in a new light. (BWI)
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord (Harper & Row 1984) Brooklyn, New York
In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.
Over the River by Sharelle Byars Moranville (Holt 2002) Illinois
In 1947, after the war, Willa Mae’s father returns to the Illinois town where she has lived with her maternal grandparents for the last five of her eleven years, and Willa Mae finds herself struggling to understand old family tensions and secrets.

Young Adult

Sonny’s House of Spies by George Ella Lyon (Atheneum 2004) Mozier, Alabama, 1947-1956
In a small Alabama town in 1947-1956, Sonny searches for answers about his father’s disappearance, “Uncle Marty,” who looks after the family, and Mamby, their black housekeeper.
The Garden by Carol Matas (Simon & Schuster 1997) Palestine, Israel
After leading a group of Jewish refugees to Israel after World War II, sixteen-year-old Ruth joins the Haganah, the Jewish Army, and helps her people fight to keep the land granted to them by the United Nations.
The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses (Margaret McElderry 2004) Rich Square, North Carolina
In 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square, North Carolina, and moving to Harlem when her Uncle Buddy is arrest for attempted rape of a white woman and her grandfather is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
The Lady with the Hat by Uri Orlev (Houghton Mifflin 1995) Israel
In 1947, seventeen-year-old Yulek, the only member of his immediate family to survive the German concentration camps, joins a group of young Jews preparing to live on a kibbutz in Israel, unaware that his aunt living in London is looking for him.

Major Events of 1947

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Stuff in the Book (work in progress):

Evelyn (Evie) Spooner – Bev’s daughter, Joe’s stepdaughter, and the narrator of the story
Joe and Beverly (Bev) Spooner (was Beverly Plunkett163)
Gladys Spooner (Grandma Glad)
Tom and Arlene Grayson
Peter Coleridge
Margie Crotty4 – Frank Crotty9, Margie’s older brother
Ruthie Kalman7,8,149,159
Father Owen7, Jimmy Huggett7, Jeff McCafferty7, Mrs. Carmody13, Mr. Gardella162, Mr. Lanigan163,

Clothing & Makeup (1940s Fashion, Top Ten Fashion Trends from the 1940s, how to create an “authentic” 40s hairstyle)
pink nightgown and My Sin perfume1 – mom is wearing it in the opening scene
full skirted dresses with thick wide belt7 – Evie was “dying to wear” one, but her mom said she had to “wait until [she] could fill out a sweater”
Jungle Gardenia Perfume37
Evening in Paris Perfume37and here, and also see this Time Magazine article on Pierre Wertheimer.
Fatal Apple Lipstick by Revlon13 – “the most tempting color since Eve winked at Adam” (read this)
Jergens Lotion19 – Bev rubs it on her elbows
white anklets & saddle shoes37

Food ()
boiled potatoes17-18 – pot roast19 – “dollop of potato”23mashed potatoes24 – cheese sandwiches28 – lemonade29 – grapefruit33 – chicken sandwich36,166 – hamburger69 – popcorn90
[Mock apple pie] “you could make apple pie from Ritz crackers” – (The Worldly, Historian Blog)249
Yankee Bean Soup72
Baby Ruth Candy Bar (Wikipedia, Ideafinder)2
Chocolate Cigarettes4Do they encourage young people to smoke? (and here).
Life Savers33, 97Hershey Bar90 Sno-Caps90
Drink (1940s Beverages)
Cream Soda2
Cherry Coke92 – everything I can find says Cherry Coke was first introduced in 1985
Alcohol – Manhattan (mixed drink)22 – Canadian Club22 – Scotch167

Every Young Girl’s Guide to Popularity21, 110 – appears to be a fictional title

All or Nothing at All – Frank Sinatra4
Almost Like Being in Love114hear it here
Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller109hear it here
I’ll Be Seeing You (1938) – Bing Crosby129hear it here
In the Mood – Glenn Miller44hear it here
Put Yourself in My Place BabyHoagy Carmichael114
Sentimental Journey (1944) – Doris Day114hear it here
Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)Tex Williams79hear it here
Gene Krupa drum solo (Wikipedia)95hear it here

Historical Events & Items
Victory Gardens5
Buzz Bombs15 – V-2 Rockets15
Pearl Harbor (1941)62
Battle of the Bulge (1944-1945)109
Fort Lauderdale Hurricane (1947)

Dana Andrews521909-1992. “American film actor.”
Lauren Bacall1081924- .
Humphrey BogartX1899-1957.
Hattie Carnegie341889-1956.
Joan Crawford61905-1977. “Academy Award-winning American actress, named the tenth Greatest Female Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.”
Doris Day1141924- .
General Eisenhower64
[Alexander Fleming] “the guy who discovered penicillin”278
Betty Grable581916-1973. (1942 photograph that “changed the world”)
Rita HayworthX1918-1987.
Fiorello LaGuardia671882-1947.  99th mayor of New York; Congressman 1917-1919.
Ray Milland52 –  1907-1986.
Gregory Peck331916-2003.
Jackie Robinson1171919-1972. (Time Magazine)
Fred [Astaire]1899-1987,  and Ginger [Rogers]1911-1995117 – (Fred and Ginger)
Barbara Stanwyck521907-1990.
Lana Turner581921-1995.
Olive Oyl58

Lord and Taylor16, 19
Le Mirage Hotel32
Worth Avenue34
The Breakers141
Palm Beach
Aladdin’s Cave146
Metropole [Hotel], West Forty-eighth Street164

Movies & Radio
Amanda of Honeymoon Hill – Radio Soap Opera17
Dark Passage (1947) – [movie trailer, IMDB] movie released September 27, 1947. Isn’t that too late to be referred to in this book?
Duel in the Sun (1946)33 – [movie clip, IMDB]
Mildred Pierce6 [movie trailer, Wikipedia] – refers to the way Joan Crawford smoked in the movie “we both pretended to take deep drags, like Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce”

Literary References
When Alice fell…2
Romeo and Juliet9


Cigarette Brand Names
Lucky Strike4
Old Gold4

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