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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Gordon Korman (1997), 84 pages
Illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Zoe Bent thinks she has to make things up to be interesting. She makes up so many stories that none of the kids in her class believe anything she says anymore. Can her friends convince her that she does not have to lie to be special?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0590271423
ISBN-13: 9780590271424
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Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception

Gary Paulsen (2011), 128 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Kevin, a middle-school boy, is a very good liar, but he doesn't believe this is bad. He believes, in fact, that lying at its best is telling people what they want and expect to hear: lying makes everyone around him happiest. He sees lying as a win-win proposition. However, his way of lying remains of the relatively harmless variety until he falls deeply in crush one day with a girl he's known for years. All of a sudden, he starts to use lies in an elaborate scheme to win her as a girlfriend. So he creates completely false stories to tell all of his teachers to get out of classes, and lies freely with the people around him to pursue his one aim. Despite all the lies, Kevin is a smart, witty, likeable character, and readers can enjoy his antics and the story of how he works his way out of the mess he's created. More books about Kevin: Flat Broke, Crush, and Vote.
Similar books: Companion books about Kevin by Gary Paulsen; Middle School series by James Patterson
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 8/30/2013
ISBN-10: 0385908172
ISBN-13: 9780385908177
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Lilly in the Middle

Brenda Bellingham (2003), 64 pages
Illustrated by Elizabeth Owen
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Lilly makes a joke that her new substitute teacher, Mr. Wulf, is a werewolf, and some of the kids take her seriously. It's not a problem until the class takes an overnight field trip when there's a full moon, and the other kids are scared of the teacher. It's all Lilly's fault! To make matters worse, Lilly's friend, Minna, is mad at her, and she won't say why. Lilly feels guilty about everything. Will she find a way to make things better? This entertaining story is a part of the series called First Novels, books in small sizes with large print for readers new to chapter books.
Book Series: First Novels
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/29/2010
ISBN-10: 0887805892
ISBN-13: 9780887805899
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London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd (2008), 336 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction
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Ted and his sister Kat have taken their cousin Salim to ride the London Eye, one of that city's most famous landmarks. They wave to him as he boards, and watch as his pod goes slowly around the giant wheel. When it gets back to the bottom everyone exits, but Salim is nowhere to be seen. It's as if he has vanished into thin air! As the grownups freak out and the police search, Ted and Kat have a few theories of their own. Ted's brain is wired differently than other people's. He has Asperger's syndrome, which makes him great at facts and figures but not so great at reading people. With his head for seeing connections and Kat's people skills, they are determined to find out what happened to Salim. Did he run away? Or was he kidnapped? The London Eye Mystery, told from Ted's perspective, is a page-turning mystery and a fascinating look into a unique mind.
Similar books: To Oz and Back: A Bones & the Duchess Mystery by Alexandra Eden
Awards won: ALA Notable Children's Book
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 3/27/2013
ISBN-10: 0375949763
ISBN-13: 9780375949760
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Love, Aubrey

Suzanne LaFleur (2009), 272 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Aubrey is 11 years old when the accident happens. Her mom can't handle the loss, so Aubrey is on her own. She walks to the store for spaghettios, milk, cereal and vegetables. She and her fish Sammy will be fine. But her grandmother doesn't think so, and Aubrey rides the train with her to Vermont. Grandma's house looks empty and plain without all the aunts and cousins. Slowly, Aubrey begins to face the tremendous loss and hurt she holds inside. Her new friend, her grandmother, and the school counselor all help. So does writing letters. This is a very honest story about a girl who must learn to face terrific hardship and find her own kind of peace and happiness.
Awards nominated: 2013 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 6/18/2012
ISBN-10: 0385906862
ISBN-13: 9780385906869
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