Lions & Liars

Category: Book
By (author): Beasley, Kate
Illustrated By: Santat, Dan
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: June 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.62in x 5.12in
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From The Publisher*

Holes meets The Goonies in the highly anticipated second middle-grade novel from the author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness!

Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick's a flea.

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates-Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and little-yet-lethal Ant Bite-are terrifying. But in between trust-building exercises and midnight escape attempts, a tenuous friendship grows between them. Which is lucky, because a Category 5 hurricane is coming and everyone will have to work together-lions and fleas alike-to survive!

Kate Beasley outdoes herself in this hilarious, whip-smart tale of brotherhood, survival, and what it really means to be a friend.

Praise for Lions & Liars:

"Beasley follows her acclaimed debut, Gertie's Leap to Greatness (2016), with a winning story that matches earnestness with humor. . .transformative read." -Booklist, starred review

"Beasley's sophomore novel. . .is chock full of zany, nicknamed characters (Frederick shares a cabin with Nosebleed, Ant Bite, Specs, and the Professor) coming together in a story of friendship among boys. . .A fun coming-of-age romp." -Kirkus Reviews

From The Publisher*Holes meets The Goonies in the highly anticipated second middle-grade novel from the author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness!
Review Quote*

"Beasley (Gertie's Leap to Greatness) writes with ease, engaging readers quickly with hapless but hopeful Frederick's sincerity. His struggles with popularity and self-confidence make him a relatable, realistic protagonist readers would want for a friend. . .straightforward message about self-acceptance and true friendship will leave readers smiling. -School Library Journal

"Ms. Beasley does something admirable with her food-chain metaphor: A bit like Chekhov's gun, the metaphorical lion from the first act turns into a real one at the end, adding a moment of unexpected bite. Otherwise tender at heart and laugh-out-loud entertaining, the tale of Frederick's misadventures and Dan Santat's exuberant illustrations will charm readers ages 8-12." -The Wall Street Journal

Biographical NoteKate Beasley holds a master's in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, Gertie's Leap to Greatness, was a Junior Library Guild selection, an Indies Introduce Selection, and a multi-region Indie Bestseller. The New York Times Book Review called it "breathlessly, effortlessly fun." Kate lives with her family in Claxton, Georgia, with two dogs, one parrot, lots of cows, and a cat named Edgar.