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Lies, more lies and the Carnegie Shortlist

Lies, more lies and the Carnegie Shortlist

Surprisingly this year, the Carnegie shortlist has no less than three books with the word ‘lie’ in the title! They are all about both the untruths we tell about ourselves in order to feel better about the way we are acting and about unpicking the lies/morally dubious beliefs of those around us, including those in Authority.

I have already reviewed The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, so will look at the other two Shortlisted books ‘There will be Lies… and then there will be the Truth’ by Nick Lake and The Lies we Tell Ourselves’ by Robin Talley.

There-Will-Be-Lies-Nick-Lake-uk-pb‘There Will Be Lies’ was not at all what I was expecting. It started as a suspenseful thriller, set in modern America about a girl called Shelby who lives with her mother. It is quickly very obvious that all is not what it seems as her mother home schools her and is adamant that although she is 17 she cannot go out alone or talk to anyone (especially any males).

Then Shelby is in a car accident and she sees a Coyote, who speaks to her in her mind and tells her that ‘There will be two lies, then there will be the truth. And that will be hardest of all.’ The plot then has two angles, ‘normal life’ and a ‘Native American style quest/fairy tale’ that Shelby must complete to find peace.

I really enjoyed the book and the way that reality was interwoven with the ‘Quest’ – which may have been ‘magic’ or a fantasy played out in Shelby’s mind, it is unclear.


Lies We Tell Ourselves is very different, it is also setlies we tell ourselves in America, (Virginia) in 1959 at a time when ‘Coloured’ people (this is what Sarah, a black girl calls herself) are faced with appalling discrimination. Sarah is also 17 and she is about  to be ‘integrated’ with a group of other friends into an all-white High School. I must confess that I didn’t realise exactly how linear the segregation was at this time in the USA.

The book is based on true accounts and details how the black kids were spat at, bullied, called names and had to act in a deferential way towards their white peers. In addition to this, girls and women are treated as second class citizens by the men in their lives.

Sarah is forced to work with Linda, daughter of the town’s most ardent segregationist. Gradually Sarah realises that she is attracted to Linda and is terrified of the way that she feels.

Personally, I found this book illuminating, I felt extremely angry at the way various characters in the book were treated and glad that we are now less defined by our gender, race and sexuality. This book made me think hard about the lies we tell ourselves to justify our prejudices and the lies that we are told by others to maintain the status quo.

I would recommend both of these books, ‘There will be Lies’ was exciting and fast-paced, ‘Lies we Tell Ourselves’ was thought-provoking and really made me think.  I’d love to know which you prefer?

A safari turned Ambush

A safari turned Ambush



Bodyguard: Ambush is the third in the series by author Chris Bradford. What should have been a holiday of an assignment quickly becomes anything but when an African safari suddenly becomes a hunt.

Connor’s bodyguard training is pushed to the limit as he protects his principle from the gunmen intent on killing them and the animals who are eyeing up their next meal.

Find out more about Chris Bradford, the Bodyguard series, or his previous series Young Samurai

A trilogy we’re itching to know the end of

A trilogy we’re itching to know the end of




In the final book of the trilogy Itchingham Lofte, science-mad reluctant hero, has found himself the target of both criminals and MI5 after discovering a new element; I26.

Involved in a freak radioactive accident in South Africa, and then the victim of a parcel bomb which kills his teacher, Itch realises he must track down a deadly enemy before it is too late.

To find out more about Simon Mayo and the Itch series click here or on the youtube clip below.


School detention turns into an epic disaster… ‘Delete’ by Jeff Povey

School detention turns into an epic disaster… ‘Delete’ by Jeff Povey




A gripping Sci-Fi adventure which will appeal to fans of Michael Grant.

After being thrown into another universe, Rev, Billie and co. fight to get back to their real world, but find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world of doppel-gangers. Surrounded by killing machines they find this nightmare is the least of their problems..!

An Oath becomes a Curse

An Oath becomes a Curse

Shadow's Curse


Shadow’s Curse is Amy McCulloch’s sequel to Oathbreaker’s Shadow. Raim is in the impossible position of being bound by a magical oath to protect the Khan who has taken the person he cares most about; Wadi.

He has to find a way to keep his promises or be cursed forever but, in order to do that, he must first of all discover the truth about his past…

Click here to read a review of Oathbreaker’s Shadow by the library staff.

Its a funny old game! A new sport story for the LSL

Its a funny old game! A new sport story for the LSL

Extra timeMorris Gleitzman has a knack for comedy which often leaves his readers laughing out loud.

This latest story centres on 13 year old Matt, discovered in a remote Australian town showcasing his soccer skills. Given the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to come and play for a European club, he discovers the downsides of the money and pressure at the top of the football world.

Sport stories are one of the topics on the Boys’ Division reading award certificate. If you enjoy reading stories with a sporting theme then ask the library staff to recomend some more titles.

You can also find out about Morris Gleitzman