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Gr 4-6 - In the town of Kudzu, 12-year-old Pete Larson is known as Liar because of his habit of stretching the truth. When new girl Justine joins his class, he develops an immediate crush on her and is determined to win her over. Summer vacation begins, and an unexpected encounter with a crashed space probe sets up the opportunity for an adventure with Justine and another classmate, the brainy but neurotic Bobby Ray Dobbs. Although the wreckage is quickly cleared away by government agents, the three youngsters find a left-behind CD that contains newspaper articles about future events and realize that they have a mystery on their hands. Eventually, Liar's reputation comes back to haunt him when he reads about a deadly local train crash that is supposed to happen later that morning, and he knows, just like the boy who cried wolf, that no one will believe him. Fortunately, the three friends work together to prevent disaster. Liar's attempts to get Bobby Ray over his compulsive obsession with cleanliness and his fantasizing about kissing Justine are entertaining, as is his chatty narrative. However, while the plot elements certainly challenge the characters and create some tension, the suspense is not always sustained. Although this science-fiction adventure has its moments, it will not keep readers on the edge of their seats.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MACopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Posted May 19, 2011
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