Liar, Liar

Liar, Liar

The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375866111
0375866116
9780375898686
0375898689
9780385908177
0385908172
9780385740012
0385740018
Branch Call Number: JF PAULS-G
Characteristics: 120 p. ; 20 cm

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orange_dolphin_185 Aug 18, 2014

Very interesting and funny

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

Kevin is a great liar. And he does it, at least in part, because he believes it is good manners to tell people what they want to hear. In fact, as Paulsen reveals in the Foreword, Kevin has raised the act of white lying to an art form: "yes, I did my homework... I'd love to drive 116 miles to go to a flea market and look for antique cookie jars and old political memorabilia with you and Dad this weekend; and no, I don't have any dirty dishes under my bed." Yes, Kevin is a polite young man. But the week he realizes he has a crush, Kevin overextends his lying abilities. His lies spiral out of control as he tells too many falsehoods to too many people.

How will Kevin untangle this mess he has created? Like the wise fool in a Shakespearean play, the small, dirty, hyper boy whom Kevin babysits offers an insight: people appreciate being told the truth.

In a style reminiscent of Gordon Korman, Paulsen delivers laugh-out-loud anecdotes in this novel. And, almost hidden by its deft use of humor, this book delivers an understated tale about honesty and responsibility.

While this quick, funny read depicts the life of an eighth-grader, its appeal stretches from elementary through middle school levels.

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jhirdler24
Jul 01, 2013

Kevin, the main character, is very Ferris Bueller-like. Smart, charming, and an accomplished liar, Kevin feels his ability to lie can get him anything or out of anything. This is the tale of how he learned how complicated lying makes your life and what he did about it. A good little morality tale for kids of all ages.

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redhotglass
Jun 25, 2012

it's a good and funny book.

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orange_dolphin_185 Aug 18, 2014

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orange_dolphin_185 Aug 18, 2014

This book is about Kevin. He sees Tina and he thinks she is beautiful and he wants her to be his girlfriend he lies to other people so he can get her to be his girlfriend, but he sees what he is doing is wrong so he writes apology letters to them and gets in trouble with his parents but does not lie anymore.

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orange_dolphin_185 Aug 18, 2014

I headed to my bedroom to start homework and tried to ignore the shiver that ran down my back when I passed three closed doors.

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