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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke (15 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781126801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781126806
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

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. When I Was Joe won numerous awards and a nomination for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisting for the Branford Boase award.

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The author explains in a note at the end the real-life context of her book, one I'd never heard of before, one which shocked me. It made for an excellent plot, around which River tries to make sense of his own life.

River can't help lying, it gets him into trouble. He is forced to write about his life as punishment at school, but ends up uncovering the deeper lies of his family and life that are rather shocking.

I really liked River's voice in this, he's a real teenager who talks to the reader in an authentic young voice, he's a footballer, he investigates lies around him and learns a lot about secrets that have a huge impact on him, but also manages in just over 100 pages to grow as a young man and start to resolve the problems lies around him have cause.

I've read David's work before, and she is a talented writer who captures the teenage voice well, and the topic here will be of interest to young adult readers after a well-written story that isn't too demanding of their time. One for ages 13 and above.
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River has his own interpretation of the truth. His “stories” have given him a certain status in school and, as he says he doesn’t actually hurt anyone. But when he ends up in trouble again even his mother has had enough.

The Liar’s Handbook is the notebook that River is given to write his ‘stories’ in but instead it becomes his investigative journal for finding out about his mum’s new boyfriend. River doesn’t like him, he’s too nice, tries too hard and what is hidden in his office?

River’s narration is engaging and he’s a likable character. River grows during the book, which made the relationship with mother (and new stepdad) change as well.

I don’t want to give anything away about the plot. There is a note at the end from the author which explains the inspiration. It was a news story I had heard of so I made the connection while reading the book.
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Another winner from Keren David - her characters and situations are always utterly believable, while her stories are utterly original and wonderfully well written. As with several of her earlier books, I would love to know more about several of the characters in this excellent story.
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Inspired by recent real-life cases, ‘The Liar’s Handbook’ by Keren David is an uncompromising tale filled with treachery and betrayal. River’s life is blown apart when his mum invites her new boyfriend into their home and their lives. He is instantly suspicious of Jason – he seems fake too good to be true. At school and home River finds himself in constant trouble because of his excessive imagination so nobody is ever really sure if he is telling the truth. He is encouraged to channel his fantasies into creative writing and begins The Liar’s Handbook with plans to investigate Jason. But when he starts to pry into his new Jason’s affairs he uncovers a deception that he wasn’t expecting which will change his life forever. Dramatic and gripping with unexpected twists, this books packs a punch and manages to cram in plenty of danger, excitement and tension that will captivate the reader.
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