What I Saw and How I Lied

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Sophisticated, mature mystery better for older teens.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 14+
This book was chosen by my daughter's literature circle at school. My daughter is 9, one of the girls in her group is 9 and one is 11 (Montessori mixed ages). I didn't think twice about it since it was a school book. When the other nine year old's mother called me saying her daughter was in tears over the ickyness of the book, I read a few chapters and was immediately concerned. I came to this website and read the information in the What to Watch section and was completely shocked! It is so not appropriate for a 4th grader! I do not believe in banning books or censorship of any kind, however, age-appropriateness is very important. Needless to say I sent an email to the teacher letting her know my daughter would not be reading any more of this book. This book is definitely for teens and older.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

2 thumbs up!

You have to think about the real picture, the underlines of this story and waht your child sees everyday before you can go off and give horrible reviews about an amazing book. Its a life lesson. It gives many points that young teens need to know about and the rights/wrongs. Let everyone make their own opinion on this book. I give it two thumbs up!! It really made me think and after reading it three times i noticed one thing.... What children see and hear now a days makes this story line the bottom of my concerns! My neice is 15 years old and we can carry a convo for hours about this book....

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Book Details

  • Author: Judy Blundell
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publication date: November 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 284
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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