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"Vernick’s novel is a scathing indictment of anti-Semitism…it is an important book that reminds us of the imperative need to remember lest we find ourselves repeating the horrors of the past." —Booklist

"A powerful—and poignant—reminder that no person can live freely until all people can live freely." —Lauren Myracle, author of Shine

"The evolution of how an anti-Semitic lie spread throughout this community is convincingly portrayed in this story…[and] the troubling issues that the book raises are sure to give readers a sense of the fragility of Jewish-Christian relations and the challenges posed by ignorance. Highly recommended for all libraries." —Association of Jewish Libraries

"Effectively mines layers of ignorance, fear, intolerance and manipulation." —Kirkus Reviews

"…tackles the weighty issue of anti-Semitism with uncompromising clarity."—Publishers Weekly

"The Blood Lie is a riveting and hard to put down novel of small town life and the viciousness that lies in some people." —Midwest Book Review

"A short story that makes an impact."—Shooting Stars Mag

"Vernick has rescued a troubling historical incident and vested it with contemporary relevance." —Hadassah Magazine

"The Blood Lie is the first novel of its kind to be published in the United States."—The Canadian Jewish News
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933693843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933693842
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vernick's novel The Blood Lie won the Simon Wiesenthal Once Upon A World book award and is a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Her novel Remember Dippy won the Dolly Gray Literature Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. Her third novel, The Black Butterfly, will be released in May 2014.

Vernick graduated from Cornell University, where she was awarded the university's Fleischman Scholarship for Writing Achievement. Her work has appeared in national magazines, newspapers and university publications. She also edited a science journal that was distributed to all physicians in Russia, and created an award-winning program to help American doctors help their patients quit smoking.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John H. Rydzewski on November 26, 2012
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What piqued my interest in this book is that I, like the author, was born and raised in Massena, New York. (Disclaimer: although Massena is a small town, I never met Shirley Reva Verick.) At first, I didn't realize that "The Blood Lie" was a teen novel and thought that, at 145 pages, it seemed a bit light on pages/content. However, I must say that Vernick did a fine job on wrapping the 1928 blood libel story with a teenage Romeo and Juliet style love story. I found it to be a unique method for conveying the more serious messages of the book to a population that, today, is more concerned with video games, Youtube, internet chatting, and teen romance. Although I already know how the true story played out in Massena in 1928, I found that Vernick's writing style and overall storytelling kept me engaged through the entire book, wanting to know how things would pan out between Jack and Emalie. I applaud Vernick on her successful attempt to write a book that encourages teens to read.

But with that said -- and maybe this has to do with me being well past my teen years, a Massena native, and more familiar with the actual 1928 incident than most of Vernick's audience -- I feel that Vernick could have added more facts to give the book more historical authority. She missed out on plenty of opportunity to build up the scene of the late 1920s and the mindset of the people in Massena at the time; or even where Massena is geographically located. There examples of this througout the book (when Vernick mentions in passing that the real 1928 incident didn't gain any local media attention but it was noted in the New York Times; when she describes the sulfur springs that brought people to Massena; and the brief mention of the Alcoa facility that was the main employer in the village in 1928).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kellee M. on October 30, 2011
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Jack Pool loves Emaline. He knows that because of their faith, he is Jewish, she is Christian, that it will never happen, but he truly loves her. If he isn't thinking about Emaline, he is thinking about his cello audition in 4 days for a music school in Syracuse- he'd be able to escape his town without even an orchestra or band. Music is his key to escaping and becoming something. Then on his 16th birthday, he walks home Daisy, Emaline's 4 year old sister and goes to work. Daisy disappears later in the day and the true colors of his neighbors shows even more why Jack needs to get away. Because of his faith and the belief that for certain holidays Jews murder human children to sacrifice, Jack is suddenly a murder suspect.

Whenever you hear about prejudices against the Jewish faith and people who practice the faith, you automatically think of things that happened in other countries such as the Holocaust or unrest in Israel, not here in America; however, the prejudice was (is) alive and well here as well. The Blood Lie is a story that shows the reality of what it was like to be Jewish during the 1920s.

What surprised me even more was in the Author's Notes, Vernick mentions that this horrible stereotype of human sacrifice still exists today. I am always shocked (maybe naively) when I learn about the horrible racism that exists in our present time of diversity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Manivong on November 17, 2011
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Powerfully told story about how deeply racism can invade the human mind, and a much-needed cautionary tale about how fast and far unchecked suspicion can spiral out of control.
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The Blood Lie made you feel like you were really listening in on the conversations that were taking place.She held your intereste and you wanted to get to the next page to read what was happening.It moved at a good pace not one boring page.A Good Read ,Good Character developement,enjoyable.
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I gave this book to my granddaughter. I bought it because I am a native of the town in the book and know the story and the author. My daughter and granddaughter both liked the book very much and found it a great tool to discuss prejudice and bigotry.
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