Lions & Liars (ebook)
by Kate Beasley
Lions & Liars comes out in June 2018. It is about a boy named Fredrick Fredrickson (his mom wanted him to have a name people would remember) and his theory of life, which is that your place in life is like the food chain. At the top is a lion, like the popular kid who doesn’t have to try to make friends- everyone gravitates toward him or her. Fredrick, meanwhile, is the flea on the meerkat. After being shamed by one of his friends at a party, Fredrick takes off in a small boat and finds himself downriver at a camp for boys needed reformation. He is starving, and assumes the identity of the kid who didn’t show up, Dash. However, he soon learns Dash has a certain reputation, and Fredrick needs to hold that up by being a lion. Things, of course, turn sour and take a turn for the worst when he becomes stranded in a category 5 hurricane, but he learns some important lessons about life along the way.
What I liked about this book is that it will appeal to my students, and even kids below. I can’t imagine it has a reading level over 4th grade, so it won’t be hard to read and understand. Fredrick tries to be someone he’s not, which I know my kids can relate to, but he learns to accept who he is, good and bad.
What I didn’t like about this book is that it has some very unrealistic parts to it. For example, a bunch of nails made a caravan of evacuated animals crash and the animals escaped. For a young reader, that would be amazing and they wouldn’t even question it. What would you think if you saw a lion attack a deer-like creature in front of you, or if you saw a monkey hanging out in a tree?
Book 57 of 40
(Book 23 of 2018)