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The Boy Who Lied
The Boy Who Lied

The Boy Who Lied


288 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $10.99 (US $10.99)

Publication Date: February 2020

ISBN 9781509842285

Rights: US

Pan Macmillan (Feb 2020)
Macmillan Children's Books

Price: $10.99


Fourteen-year-old Ed Clayton is a liar. It started when his dad went to prison and now he can't seem to stop. When Ed's younger brother, Sam, goes missing one day under his supervision, nobody believes him when he says he can't remember what happened. Things begin to go very wrong for Ed's family when his mother loses her job and they have to start using a food bank. Ditched even by his best friend, Ed is on his own trying find out what's happened to Sam, until he meets Fallon, a new neighbor who's willing to help him unravel the mystery. The two stumble on a secret even Ed could never have imagined. But nobody will ever believe a liar.


"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

Author Biography

Kim Slater is the author of 928 Miles from Home, A Seven Letter Word, and Smart.