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Choldenko, Gennifer.
NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG
New York : Putnam's, 2001.
IL 5-8, RL 8.3
ISBN 0399235914

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Ant, short for Antonia, just doesn't fit into her family. Her sisters, "Her Highness Elizabeth" and "Katherine the Great", are so different from her, and so acceptable, especially to her mother: blonde, outgoing, excelling at ballet, and constantly successful in getting their parents' attention. Ant has convinced herself that she is adopted, and starts to spread this story around school. The only beings she cares about are her aging Chihuahua Pistachio, her best buddy Harrison, and her art teacher Carol. Why does she lie all the time? Can Carol help, or will Ant's constant lies just get her and all her friends in trouble? This is both a funny story, and an enlightening one: read it and see!  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)

Booktalk #2

Antonia, an eleven year old girl feels that she does not fit in with her family because she has dark brown hair and dark skin while the rest of her family has blonde hair and pale skin. She also feels this way because her mother treats Ants sisters Elizabeth and Kate better than she treats Antonia. Some of the other characters include Harrison who is Antís best friend, Pistachio who is Antís Chihuahua, Elizabeth and Kate who are Antís sisters, mom, dad, Just Carol the art teacher, and caveman antís math teacher. The setting took place in the present day, at Antís school, her house, the zoo, and Harrisonís house. The problem is that Antonia feels like she does not fit in so she makes up lies telling everybody that she is adopted. The turning point is when Elizabeth, Antís sister helps Antonia and her mom understand each other and they talk about their lives and her mom says sorry for treating Antonia badly. Will Antonia accept her motherís apology?? You will have to read the book to find out!    (Makenna, student)

SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Honesty -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Zoos -- Fiction.

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