Blood Lie by Shirley Reva Vernick is not a book that might be recommended as a light beach read. Instead, it's the kind of book middle school English teachers love to use to force students to think outside of their comfort zone.
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 questioned and threatened.
It's Jack's sixteenth birthday and he's excited for a very important reason. He's going to audition in a few days for a scholarship to a prestigious music school in Syracuse where he can study cello and have a chance to make something of himself.
Jack's mother has an unusual friend, a woman who is not Jewish. Jenna Durham and Eva Pool became friends when they first moved into town and they have remained friends. It's Daisy, Jenna's young daughter who is the unwitting cause of the problem.
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