But for now, Tyler has more pressing matters to worry about. He realizes that over the years, Pawho always said honesty and trust were so importanthas fooled him and can never be trusted again. With this bitter realization, the father-son story unfolds. Tylers other relationshipswith his halfNative American sister, with the school bully, and with his other friendsare also tested by his conflict with his father.
Dealing with issues of trust and coming of age, You Lied to Me, Pa touches on the enduring themes of single parenting and nontraditional families. It shows that family love goes far beyond the concept of blood ties.
Donna B. Freund, a writer, earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and recently retired from a career in hospice social work. Freund grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and now lives with her husband in Ann Arbor, Michigan, enjoying time with her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.