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by Marcia Thornton Jones
216 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon

Realistic book with a character who learns his lesson too late.

Plot

Logan has been known for his tall tales ever since first grade. Usually they're "fine," meaning no one gets really hurt because of them. But when his grandpa, who suffers from amnesia, moves in, soon Logan realizes that his lies have got to stop. But when the fifth grade bully threatens to publicly embarrass Logan unless he betrays his best friend, what can Logan do?

Morality

Logan is a notorious liar - to the point where his parents never believe him. Logan reminds me of the boy who cried wolf.

Bullies are everywhere, and the fifth grade is no exception. However, Emily Scott really is downright mean: she wants to embarrass Logan at every opportunity. Logan cheats his best friend twice, and is constantly embarrassed about his grandpa. Themes such as honesty and loyalty are addressed.

Spiritual Content

Logan goes to church on Christmas.

Violence

Logan is pushed, and at one point he wrecks a pet store.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

Logan is blackmailed by a picture of him in his undies. Logan is also pushed into the girls' bathroom. Gramps goes around in Logan's mom's bathrobe, and at the beginning of the book a towel that doesn't cover very much.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Logan swears a few times, but the book describes it as "words Logan would be grounded for" if his parents heard him.

Conclusion

Up until the end, Logan is very annoying and thick-headed - he knows that he needs to stop lying, yet does not do so until the very end of the book. He does finally learn to tell the truth, though, so he redeems himself a bit for that. As mentioned above, there is some crude content that lowers the Values rating.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 3
Written for Age: 11-12

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