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Telling Lies by Tricia Glensor

March 19, 2012

Telling Lies by Tricia Glensor. Pub. HarperCollins, 2012.

A well written short novel about a New Zealand airman who is shot down over France in World war 2 and is sheltered by a French farmer and his family.

Based on some true incidents experienced by her father this novel exposes the cruelty, the fear and the untrustworthiness that existed in France under the nazis. No-one was safe,  the walls had ears and informers were everywhere. “Show me your papers” was the greeting custom of the day.

fifteen year old Simone who has artistic skills and her brother Bernard find a wounded airman after his plane crashes near their farm. They shelter him under immense pressure and when things go wrong escort him to Paris to help him get out of the country. Will they do it without getting caught or shot?

A good first book for Intermediate and high school students. Adds a human dimension to the history of World War 2.

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