Sweetness and Lies by Karen Mccombie

Sweetness and Lies

Written by Karen Mccombie
Illustrated by Jessica Secheret

11+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   9+ readers   
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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Brilliantly observed, this is a thoughtful story about truth and friendship. Tilly’s thrilled by her new friendship with Mia; she is chatty and funny and soon the two of them are Best Friends Forever – Already – even though they are only newly met, as new girls as Beech Cliff School. But when Amber Sweet arrives Tilly wants to be friends with her too. Why is Mia so mean about Amber? And who is telling the truth? Tilly finds she has a lot to learn about people as she sorts out new life in secondary school. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

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Sweetness and Lies by Karen Mccombie

A warm and witty tale for pre-teens from Karen McCombie. Tilly has just started at her new secondary schooland she's the luckiest girl in the world - she's found Mia, her new Best Friend Forever already! When Amber joins their class a few days later, Tilly thinks she might have found another friend, but Mia starts to act a little oddly - she says that Amber is a total liar. Who should Tilly believe? Heartfelt, girl-friendly title that is perfect for tweens.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Karen Mccombie

Karen McCombie grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland, where she learnt to walk at an angle of 45 degrees against the biting north wind. Her hobbies were drawing, keeping scrapbooks, writing short stories and wearing thermal underwear (except for the three days in summer when it was warm). Her primary-school teacher, Miss Thompson, once told Karen that she should be an author when she grew up. Karen thinks Miss Thompson was only trying to be nice, but is very, very glad she turned out to be right.

As an adult, Karen studied graphic design and communication, before landing a job as a trainee magazine journalist at a Scottish publisher. A few years later, she packed up all her worldly possessions and cat, Cecy, and headed to London for a job with teen magazine Just 17. She worked for several other magazines - including Sugar - before she thought about trying to write a book. She still lives in London, writing books for a living (hurray!), surrounded by cats as well as a husband, who likes to type silly lines into her stories when she's not looking. Karen and her husband have a lovely little daughter called Milly, who thinks her mum's job is to make Playdough cookies.

As an artist, Karen is the author of the best-selling Ally's World series, as well as the Stella Etc. books and Marshmallow Magic and the Wild Rose Rouge. She's also written several books for older teens, including My Funny Valentine and In Sarah's Shadow. Karen loves writing and her fattest cat, Bysshe, loves to watch her writing. The only problem is, he likes to get right up close, and often the keyboard disappears under folds of ginger fur as Bysshe settles himself down for a purr and a stare.

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64 pages


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Publication date

4th June 2015




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