The Boy Who Lied

The Boy Who Lied

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Ed Clayton is a liar. It started when his dad went to prison and now he can't seem to stop. When his younger brother, Sam, goes missing one day, nobody believes Ed when he says he can't remember what happened.

He's used to going without, but living without his brother is impossible. With the police and press asking questions and friends turning against the family, Ed is left trying to find Sam with only the help of his new neighbour, Fallon.

When the two stumble on a secret that even Ed could never have imagined, it's up to the liar to uncover the truth . . .

A sensitive and engaging fourth novel about brotherhood, hardship and being yourself from the multi-award-winning author, Kim Slater.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 218g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1509842284
  • 9781509842285
  • 74,661

Review quote

"This story combines a genuinely gripping thriller with an exploration of poverty in contemporary Britain. Slater covers a lot - from the awful behaviour of sensationalist tabloid reporters through the shame of attending food banks to Ed's reaction to the traumatic events that have brought his family low. But she never neglects the tension of the mystery narrative. . . . I read The Boy Who Lied in one rather breathless sitting. It's a fast-paced mystery with plenty of twists and turns but it's also a heartfelt and powerful piece of social commentary. . . . Recommended." --Bookbag
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About Kim Slater

Kim Slater honed her storytelling skills as a child, writing macabre tales specially designed to scare her younger brother! Taking her literary inspiration from everyday life, Kim's debut novel, Smart, has won more than ten regional prizes and been shortlisted for over twenty regional and national awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Federation of Children's Book Groups Prize. Smart was also longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kim lives in Nottingham with her husband and has one grown-up daughter.

The Boy Who Lied is Kim's fourth novel for Macmillan Children's Books.
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136 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 23% (31)
4 43% (59)
3 20% (27)
2 9% (12)
1 5% (7)
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