Liars

Liars

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by P. J. Petersen
     
 

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Life in the remote town of Alder Creek, California, is boring for eighth-grader Sam and his friends, until his newly awakened ability to tell when a person is lying involves him in a series of mysterious events.

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Life in the remote town of Alder Creek, California, is boring for eighth-grader Sam and his friends, until his newly awakened ability to tell when a person is lying involves him in a series of mysterious events.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sam, an eighth grader living with his widowed father in a small California town, has been experiencing ``surges'' in his arms whenever someone is lying. His accuracy rate astounds him, as does the many people wont to fib--his own dad included. Equally disturbing are the rash of crimes targeted at an eccentric miner who is convinced his hidden maps will lead to gold. Sam and his best friend Marty intend to find the culprit, and their dangerous quest yields a most unlikely villain. Petersen ( Would You Settle for Improbable? ) captures rural America perfectly via the story's dialogue and Sam's winsome first-person narrative. Yet a sprinkling of red herrings contribute to a lumbering pace, and the few suspenseful moments barely compensate. Moreover, a perplexing transition--from Sam's talent for ``water witching'' (the ability to detect underground water) to his unearthing liars--may prove objectionable to some readers. Ages 10-14. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- All 16 kids in Alder Creek Elementary/Jr. High School get to try dowsing with Uncle Gene on a SOT (same old thing) field trip one spring day. It's not until skeptical Sam takes hold of the stick, though, that anything interesting happens. Sam turns out to be a ``water witch'' and this triggers both another ability in him and an intriguing mystery. Suddenly, his arms tingle when someone is lying, and to his growing horror, almost everyone in this tiny California town is doing so. The boy stumbles onto one secret after another, uncovering big and small falsehoods, white lies and very dark ones. Some serious problems are touched on too lightly, but the mystery carries the story with surprising turns, danger, and excitement. Sam is the only fully realized character, but the others are human and sensitive, including his two peers--a romantic interest and a solid best friend--and plenty of odd adults. Sam, like Jason in Alfred Slote's Finding Buck McHenry (HarperCollins, 1991), discovers some truths about lies and life as the plot gathers speed. Once Sam gets ``the power,'' things in Alder Creek are certainly not MOTSOT (more of the same old thing). Neither is Liars.--Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689801303
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 7.03(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Liars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book talks about an eigth grader who can divine - who can sense where groundwater is. His name is Sam. He later finds out that he has the power to sense if people are lying. Sam doesn't know what he will use his new powers for, but he will soon find out. After a theft and fire at his uncle's house, Sam has to solve the mystery. LIARS is a great mystery and has a great ending. Find out what happens yourself and read the book LIARS.