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Children's LiteratureAlmost everyone tells a little white lie sometime. Not Wallace Wallace, who is honest to a fault. If a neighbor lady's cake tastes like "vacuum cleaner fuzz," he tells her. When he refuses to praise a book he hates in a book report, he's taken off the football team and forced to serve detention at play practice. The play being rehearsed is an adaptation of the same book that he hates—the one in which the dog dies. Wallace hates the fact that, in classic literature, the dog always dies. With the help of a speeding moped, several roller blades, and a band called the Dead Mangoes, he finds himself transforming the play from boring to spectacular. Wallace Wallace is a winning character who somehow manages to bring out the best in everyone, even frowning, inflexible Mr. Fogleman. If some of the action seems unlikely, it doesn't really matter. This book, told from multiple first-person points-of-view, gives readers a funny and thoughtful glimpse at the consequences of refusing to lie—no matter what. Is honesty really the best policy? Read about the maze of problems the truth causes at Bedford Middle School and decide for yourself.