Rummanah Aasi
  As part of the Teen Book Scene promotional tour for Shirley Vernick's Blood Lie, today I have a really interesting post about its characters. Although the book takes place in the 1920s where cell phones did not exist, but what if these characters were placed in our world now? Fast forward 80+ years and let's meet Jack, Emaline, Lydie, Harry, and George.

Emaline@Jack16:  Happy bday sweetie!


Jack16@Emaline: Thanx. U r up early. Will I c u after work?


Emaline@Jack16: !!!


Jack16@Emaline: gr8. Paradise Woods, our tree, 4:00?


Emaline@Jack16: Double !! No, triple !!!


Emaline@Lydie: Hey cuz, u have 2 b my alibi l8r. Hot date!


Lydie@Emaline: George?


Emaline@Lydie: Nope. Mystery man. LOL


George@Emaline: Can I c u later? I want to ask u something.


Emaline@George: Can’t. I’ll be at my cousin Lydie’s.


George@Emaline: Damn.


Emaline@George: What’s up?


George@Emaline: Why – is the suspense is killing u?


Emaline@George: Just curious, that’s all.


George@Emaline: I think u can’t wait 2 c me, THAT’s all.


Emaline@Lydie: I repeat, it is NOT George.


George@Emaline: Em? U still there?


Harry@Jack16: Hey bro, guess who thinks u r hot?


Jack16@Harry: idk idc


Harry@Jack16: Would u care if I said Sarah Gelman?


Jack16@Harry: Yeah, right.


Harry@Jack16: So, can I tell her u like her back?


Jack16@Harry: NO!


Harry@Jack16: Does that mean u don’t like her, or u just don’t want her 2 know it yet?


Jack16@Harry: Drop it, twerp, or I’ll put Tabasco sauce in your matzo balls.


September 22, 1928, Massena, New York. Jack Pool's sixteenth birthday. He's been restless lately, especially during this season of more-times-at-the-synagogue than you can shake a stick at. If it wasn't Rosh Hashanah, then it was Yom Kippur, and if it wasn't Yom Kippur, it was the Sabbath. But temple's good for some things. It gives him lots of time to daydream about a beautiful but inaccessible Gentile girl named Emaline. And if she isn't on his mind, then he's thinking about his music and imagining himself playing the cello with the New York Philharmonic. Yup, music is definitely his ticket out of this remote whistle-stop town—he doesn't want to be stuck here one more minute. But he doesn't realize exactly how stuck he is until Emaline's little sister Daisy goes missing and he and his family are accused of killing her for a blood sacrifice.
Blood Lie was inspired by a real blood libel that took place when a small girl disappeared from Massena, New York, in 1928, and an innocent Jewish boy was called a murderer.
4 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    You know what's funny? I can remember conversations like this taking place in middle school/high school. The whole "guess who thinks you're hot" was a favorite question at my school in particular:) Thanks for the little glimpse of the characters!


  2. Now that was creative. I can only imagine what tweeting would look like to people living in the 1920's. Fun guest post! Thanks for sharing.


  3. Wow! For character who are not of this time, they sure do know how to use text speak! LOL


  4. I love reading character tweets. It gives you a feel for the characters and learn a little about the plot really quickly.


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