Lions & Liars

By: Kate Beasley

Illustrator: Dan Santat

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start even before Frederick Frederickson crash lands a boat at a disciplinary camp. Suddenly, Frederick has to deal with terrifying troop mates, trust-building exercises, and an approaching Category 5 hurricane!

ISBN: 9780374302634

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Camps , Behavior , Friendship , Hurricanes , Survival , Self-confidence

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Frederick Frederickson has school social life figured out: kids are either lions, gazelles, meerkats, or, like him, fleas on meerkats’ butts. Pals Joel and Raj enjoy teasing him but when one of their jokes goes too far, Frederick is hurt. Then, a quirky chain of events strands Frederick at a boys’ camp. The 10 year old assumes the ident Frederick Frederickson has school social life figured out: kids are either lions, gazelles, meerkats, or, like him, fleas on meerkats’ butts. Pals Joel and Raj enjoy teasing him but when one of their jokes goes too far, Frederick is hurt. Then, a quirky chain of events strands Frederick at a boys’ camp. The 10 year old assumes the identity of another camper, reasoning “This was his chance to start over and become the person he was supposed to be.” Unbeknownst to Frederick, he’s landed in a disciplinary camp and the boy he’s masquerading as is a notorious troublemaker. Could this be Frederick’s path to lion status? 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. The plot moves quickly, building to a climax foreshadowed early in the novel, as Frederick and fellow camper Ant Bait survive a harrowing night in a hurricane. The novel’s overall success is a bit undermined, however, by derivative elements. Several details skew a bit too close to the plot of Louis Sachar’s Holes. Beasley’s explanations for why some characters were sent to the camp are improbable, so an ability to suspend disbelief is required. VERDICT A light read—if not all that original—whose straightforward message about self-acceptance and true friendship will leave readers smiling.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780374302634

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 11;

Lexile

Level 720L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Camps, Behavior, Friendship, Hurricanes, Survival, Self-confidence,

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