Liar, Liar

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Overview

Kevin has a big talent. Some might call it compulsive lying. He calls it common sense.

Kev doesn’t mean to cause trouble by lying all the time; he’s just trying to make everything easier for everyone (and himself). And, of course, a few harmless, um, falsehoods are crucial to his plan to convince Tina that he’s the perfect boyfriend for her.

In Gary Paulsen’s irresistible and chaotic comedy, Kevin’s lies ...

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Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception

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Overview

Kevin has a big talent. Some might call it compulsive lying. He calls it common sense.

Kev doesn’t mean to cause trouble by lying all the time; he’s just trying to make everything easier for everyone (and himself). And, of course, a few harmless, um, falsehoods are crucial to his plan to convince Tina that he’s the perfect boyfriend for her.

In Gary Paulsen’s irresistible and chaotic comedy, Kevin’s lies spiral out of control until he’s faced with the need to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Fourteen-year-old Kevin Spencer has a way of spinning lies too easily. He claims he tells people like parents, teachers, and friends what they want to hear and what he tells is for the greater good of everyone. One day in the school hallway, cupid's arrow strikes Kevin's heart. Although he has known Tina since preschool days, Kevin sees Tina from a new perspective. Project Tina begins as Kevin tries to find ways to convince Tina that he is the perfect boyfriend for her. He plans his intricate maneuvers. Kevin spins the falsehoods in creative ways to be with Tina and to bedazzle her with his charms. He finds ways to collect hall passes so that he can free up time to see Tina. It is not long before the lies catch up with the liar and Kevin finds himself tangled in a huge mess. Plus, there is a subplot of events happening in the Spencer household. Fans of Paulsen's stories will most likely enjoy the fun and humor in this story about Kevin and his predicament. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Kevin, 14, believes that lying is just good manners. He tells people what they want to hear and believes that in doing so he makes their lives run smoother, fosters harmony, teaches lessons, and, every once in a while, gets his own way. With all his practice, the eighth grader has become a consummate liar. When Kevin decides to leap from minor fibs to huge whoppers, he finds that keeping things under control is exceedingly difficult. His goal to make his crush fall in love with him by the end of the week gets more arduous with every mammoth falsehood. As his fabrications spread and begin to hurt his friends and loved ones, Kevin has to decide how to come clean. Kevin is a typical Paulsen character with a good heart and good intentions, who just doesn't get things right on the first try. This quick, comical tale is sure to be a hit. As usual, the author plants a moral at the conclusion, but readers won't mind because of the funny plot and over-the-top characters. A sure bet for struggling and reluctant readers.—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455801510
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,125,271
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Three-time Newbery-winning author Gary Paulsen, hailed as "one of the best-loved writers alive" by the New York Times, divides his time between his ranch in New Mexico, a sailboat on the Pacific Ocean, and his dog-kennel in Alaska. He's written over 200 books for young people, stories that have been embraced by readers of all ages.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2011

    Good Book

    I'm a mother. I got this book for my child. After she read it she hasn't told a lie since! It sends a good mesagge. And she said its one of my favorites! I love all of Gary's book and so does mu daughter!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Outstanding

    This book is so inspiring, it makes you want to cry, but laugh at the same time. BEST BOOK EVER... nuff said :)

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Gerat book

    Must read awsome book

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Liar liar by gary paulsen

    This book hilarious for kids my age!(im 11)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    I love the book Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen. This book is a fic

    I love the book Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen. This book is a fiction tale. I would truthfully recommend this book. This book teaches a life lesson, a little bit of sports, and a guy chasing a girl. Which is something I enjoy reading about and many different people might be fond of these subjects in a book too. Kevin is a fourteen year old 8th grader and has an older sister and brother. Kevin lies to everyone and thinks it will solve his problems. He and family have some problems around the house like Kevins father is never around the house, and they are fighting about the family car. But Kevin wants everything to eventually turn out all good and peachy. I think this is a very good book for anyone to read. This book has many lessons and real life situations. Kids can learn from this book if they took the time to read 120 pages. I took about a week to read this book and I enjoyed each and every chapter.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Awsome

    Best book every

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Awesomest book ever in entire life!

    Love=]

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Liar liar

    ITs a good book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Hi

    Didn't read yet

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    I stopped reading this

    I just couldn't read this book very well. I didn't really get it either. I would just like to say something to Gary Paulsen. I really think these books aren't very good. I would also say, I love but all books you made except for this one. Sorry. I love your Lawn Boy and Brian stories. They are really good.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Hi

    Hi

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Holy shit

    I just saw a speed chase in front of my house and they stipped himvand her in fronypt of my house. They are checking thevcar right now

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    I loved it! Wonderfull!

    ;)

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    JB

    This is book is really good

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    I might like it!

    First time reading

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Liar liar

    I want to read this book so bad. It looks so good to read but i just dont now where to get it

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    To willow elementary

    Is anyone frm willow on ths? Ths is KR smartest girl in grade5

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 31, 2013

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    The Missing Lexi

    Lexi went missing for days and its a mystery.one

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Have it. Read it. Loved it.

    Ditto

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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