Edwy Watanaboneset, the main character of my new book, CHILDREN OF REFUGE, would love the game Two Truths and a Lie.
At first, anyway.
If he ever heard of it, he would instantly latch onto the opportunity to lie. He would love the idea that lying might be rewarded.
But then, on second thought, it would bother him that lying might not be an act of rebellion, but… expected. Where’s the fun in lying if that’s what people want you to do?
Then, I think, he would chafe at the rules of the game. Why would it have to be two truths and a lie? What if he wants to tell just one truth and two lies? Or three lies? Or even three truths that seem so crazy that people assume they are all lies?
So in the spirit of how Edwy would probably play the game, here are the kind of answers he would give, which might be two truths and a lie:
1. Edwy loves lies.
2. Edwy hates having grown-ups tell him what to do.
3. Edwy would do anything to save his friend Rosi.
Answers: (highlight to reveal)
1. Yes and no. It is true that Edwy loves lying to others. But he really hates being lied to.*
2. Usually. Until he ends up in a place where he doesn’t have any grown-ups telling him what to do. And then, well… he’d never confess this to anyone, but he actually starts to miss it.*
3. Not at first. He pretends not to see a lot of possible opportunities to help her. He kind of lies about that even to himself. But then… wait—do you really think I’d give away the ending of the book?*
*Author’s note: This equivocating would be the reason I hated taking true/false tests when I was a kid. It’s also one part of the reason I tend to say, “I think you need to figure that out for yourself” when kids send me questions that are clearly ones they are supposed to answer for some school assignment. Of course, I really do think kids need to figure some things out for themselves. But… also… sometimes I don’t know the “right” answer either.
CHILDREN OF REFUGE is the second book in the Children of Exile series. The first book, (also called CHILDREN OF EXILE) is newly out in paperback this month. CHILDREN OF JUBILEE, which will be the third and final book in the series, comes out in September 2018.
September 12th — Crossroad Reviews
After Edwy is smuggled off to Refuge City to stay with his brother and sister, Rosi, Bobo, and Cana are stuck alone—and in danger—in Cursed Town in the thrilling follow-up to Children of Exile from New York Times bestselling author, Margaret Peterson Haddix.
It’s been barely a day since Edwy left Fredtown to be with his parents and, already, he is being sent away. He’s smuggled off to boarding school in Refuge City, where he will be with his brother and sister, who don’t even like him very much. The boarding school is nothing like the school that he knew, there’s no one around looking up to him now, and he’s still not allowed to ask questions!
Alone and confused, Edwy seeks out other children brought back from Fredtown and soon discovers that Rosi and the others—still stuck in the Cursed Town—might be in danger. Can Edwy find his way back to his friends before it’s too late?
About the Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois.She has since written more than 40 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time; Double Identity; Uprising; The Always War; the Shadow Children series; the Missing series; the Children of Exile series; the Under Their Skin duology; and The Palace Chronicles. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio. They are the parents of two grown kids.
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