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The Liar's Handbook

Written by Keren David

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Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8  | In a nutshell: topical unputdownable thriller |   In a topical and gripping new thriller for Barrington Stoke Keren David sends her young hero on a search for the truth – about his family and himself. It leads him to question everything he’s ever believed. River is an accomplished, occasionally extravagant liar; and you get the sense that this talent has developed because he’s constantly been inventing stories about the dad he’s never known. Who was he? Why did he leave his family? What would he think of his son? River the born storyteller is an irresistible narrator and readers will be completely caught up in his story from first page to last. There are twists, shocks and surprises throughout and a truly explosive ending, all told with a tough economy that makes it accessible to all readers. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Mairi Kidd, MD of Barrington Stoke:  “We are honoured to publish Keren David for the first time, and what a novel she has given us. Inspired by real-life cases of women deceived into relationships with undercover policemen and the resulting families, Keren has created an incredibly vivid narrator, a cracking plot and a great sense of unease as the action builds to an explosive denouement. We wanted to give this book a seriously special treatment to reflect its themes of concealed and forged identities, and have spun a ‘passport’ design complete with rounded corners with a clever take on the coat-of-arms of the Metropolitan Police.”

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Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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The Liar's Handbook Synopsis

River's life is blown apart when his mum invites her new boyfriend into their home and their lives. River is instantly suspicious of Jason - he seems fake, too good to be true. At school, River's routine fibs are escalating into something more serious, and his teacher gives him a notebook in the hope he can channel his fantasies into creative writing instead. And so, River begins The Liar's Handbook, and an investigation into Jason. But what he uncovers is a terrible deception involving his biological father, the police force and his mum's environmental campaign group...but will anyone take his findings seriously?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Liar's Handbook Press Reviews

“David is a believable writer, so good that you never actually notice just how good because you are far too busy turning the pages” – Sunday Telegraph

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ISBN: 9781781126806
Publication date: 15/01/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126806
Publication date: 15th January 2017
Author: Keren David
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About Keren David

Keren David worked as a news reporter and feature writer before publishing her compelling debut YA novel, When I Was Joe, while taking a course in Writing for Children at City University. Keren now teaches the City University course and is an editor for The Jewish Chronicle . Her novels have won and been nominated for numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Branford Boase award. Keren lives in North London

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