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Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deceptionby Gary Paulsen
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Kevin doesn't mean to make trouble when he lies. He's just really good at it, and it makes life so much easier. But as his lies pile up, he finds himself in big—and funny—trouble with his friends, family, and teachers. He's got to find a way to end his lying streak—forever.
"'I'm the best liar you'll ever meet,' announces the glib narrator of this funny and touching novel. Fourteen-year-old Kevin inventively bends the truth to his advantage — or so he thinks. He convinces his partner on a school project that he suffers from 'chronic, degenerative, relapsing-remitting imflammobetigoitis' so that she'll do all the work, pits his older siblings against each other, and surreptitiously asks his father's permission to go to a concert after his mother says no. When Kevin falls madly in love with a classmate and decides that he needs more free time to win her over, he fabricates elaborate excuses for skipping classes and feigns interest in student government to try to wiggle his way into her 'inner circle' ('Like any good military mind, I decided that a direct assault was the wrong move'). In an affecting scene, the four-year-old who Kevin babysits awakens him to the value of telling the truth, setting him on a quest to untangle the web he has woven. Kevin's grappling with family troubles adds further emotional dimension to Paulsen's novel. Ages 8 — 12. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.
About the Author
GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).
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