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Lions and Liars

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  177 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick's a flea.

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates—Nosebleed, Specs, The Pr
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
10-year-old Frederick likes hanging out with Raj and Joel, but lately, he's been doubting whether they've ever truly been his friends. Sometimes, Joel and Raj make Frederick feel like he's a loser, who could blame Freddie for not wanting to be referred to as a "flea on a meerkats butt?" Just once he'd like to excel at something, even if it's just a stupid dodgeball game with Devin. Unfortunately, things don't go as expected when he takes a ball to the face. To make matter's worse, Fredrick's ann ...more
Julie Kirchner
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! A fun story about Frederick Frederickson who is trying to find his place in his friendship group. He feels like a loser and those around him certainly don’t make him feel any better! In an odd series of events he ends up at a camp for troubled boys mistaken for a boy with a less than stellar reputation. He is finally finding his way and making friends when his cover is blown and a hurricane blows in. His hopes of returning home are drowning with the rising waters! A f ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun adventure-style coming of age book underscored by some excellent comedic moments and some tense underlying issues about race and what the world sees when they look at 'troubled boys' and the assumptions they make because of it. Geared toward younger readers, but an enjoyable book for readers of all ages. Will definitely be recommending for purchase!
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frederick just wants to be popular and important. I think many 5th grade students feel like Frederick, but Frederick takes this position to the extreme in this novel. This novel is funny and yet it is serious in sections, as Frederick comes to understand life and who he is.

When his family’s vacation plans get cancelled, Frederick feels as if the world is coming to an end. No longer able to be pampered on a cruise, Frederick attends his friend’s birthday party where a surprise is waiting for him
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute 4-5th grade novel about your place in life. Are you a lion, or a flea on the butt of a prey animal.
Frederick\Dash ends up being both, but how you act matters more then your place on the food chain.

I felt the book went a little long, but loved the Dan Santat illustrations.

Wendy MacKnight
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
A delight
The Reading Countess
The first sentence reels in any third or fourth grader, then the situational humor and witty word play keeps them there. I can see this being a smart choice to push toward a more, er, reluctant reader at the beginning of the year in my fourth grade classroom. The swift action, relatable characters, aha moments (shout out to Notice and Note fans) and cleverness of some of the conversations ‘Dash’ has would make a reader trust that there are more books like this one waiting in the wings. And that’ ...more
Jenn Lopez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about accepting who you are and how difficult that is when you are little. It also has mischief and adventure as Fredrick Fredrickson tries to find a way to fit in. With the ARC digital copy (Thanks, NetGalley!) I missed out on Dan Santat's illustrations. Boo. I have to wait until we get a copy at our library.
Ms. Yingling
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Frederick Frederickson is angry with his parents because they are canceling the family vacation cruise because of an impending hurricane. The upside is that he gets to go to his friend Joel's birthday party. The downside is that he is in a boat that gets caught in a storm, washes away overnight, and ends up at a camp for troubled boys. Everyone there assumes he is a camper named Dashiell, and he doesn't insist on setting them straight, so falls right into camp life with
If this book doesn't make you long for a vacation or understand its appeal, then nothing will. Ten-year-old Frederick Frederickson lives for his family vacation every year since they usually go on a cruise and he can leave his cares behind him. While his concerns might pale next to those of many youngsters, he's starting to realize that he may not amount to much. When his friend, Joel, espouses his theory that the world consists of winners and losers, and Frederick is one of the losers, the boy ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
This book was very cute and funny. It was pretty much the same thing as Holes, but still funny enough and clever enough to keep me reading. I disagreed with a lot of what our point was. Frederick's whole journey was to become popular, and instead of learning the shallowness of popularity, he leans he just needed to hang out with the right people.

We seriously confuse this idea of a "good person." Is everyone a good person, except for Dash, because of reasons. Is everyone a bad person because they
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second I heard Kate Beasley was releasing another book, I had to have it. I was a ravenous fan of Gertie's Leap to Greatness, and hand-sold it often as a bookseller.

Lions & Liars didn't disappoint.

Where Gertie's Leap to Greatness fell into the category of "girls supporting girls," Lions & Liars is very much "boys supporting boys," but that doesn't mean only boys should read it--everyone will love the story of Frederick Frederickson.

I loved near to everything about this book: the cha
“Look,” said Joel, jabbing the straw into his juice box, “it’s like this. There are people who are lions, right? Devin’s a lion. He’s big. He gets all the meat. He can do whatever he wants. Then there are people who are gazelles.” He slurped his juice, making his cheeks deflate.

Frederick Fredericksen is tired of being a flea in a world of lions. He wants to have friends who are glad to see him ... even call him over. But instead he has Joel and Raj, two guys that don’t even seem to care whether
Wendy Garland
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frederick knows his place in the 5th-grade foodchain - at the very bottom as the flea that lives on a meerkat's butt. When he finds himself at a disciplinary camp in a position of mistaken identity he has an opportunity to start again. Can he hold his own with the likes of Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and Ant Bite? These become the least of his worries when a category 5 hurricane arrives and threatens to crush everything and everyone in its way.

I would categorize this as a "survival" book -
Kristin Crouch
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kate Beasley and Macmillan Kids for providing #collabookation with the review copy of Lions and Liars.
Frederick Frederickson is a flea. In his middle school, he isn't one of the boys who ever wins at any sport, and even the people he calls his friends aren't very nice to him. He desperately (maybe delusionally) wants to transform himself from flea to lion - the king of school. When he sets out to prove wrong everyone who calls him a flea, he's sent on a wild adventure. It all starts
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2018
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley*

For about the first half of this book, I was hovering between 3 and 3.5 stars. It just wasn't clicking for me. But as I got further in I was totally sucked in and had to find out what happened to Frederick and his newfound group of friends (of a sort). I think part of the reason it wasn't working for me was because Frederick's attitude and behavior was just frustrating. However, he's a kid, and as a kid I'm sure my attitude an
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frederick Frederickson perceives himself amongst the cruel bully enemy he labels a ion, there are gazelles, meerkats, and the bottom of the pecking order, is Frederick an invisible flea. In the beginning of his 5th grade year Frederick is accidentally (on purpose) bashed by a dodgeball, and his nose becomes severely disfigured. His luck goes even more abruptly downhill from this point on. Frederick gets lost when a boats takes him down a rapidly flowing river. When he discovers he has landed in ...more
Libby Ames
In the food-chain theory of life, Frederick Frederickson is a flea and he wants to be a lion. He longs to be the boy in fifth grade who kids want around. Instead, Frederick breaks his nose playing dodgeball and hovers at the edge of the least popular kids. Then, through a series of boating mistakes and misunderstandings, Frederick ends up at a disciplinary camp for boys. He struggles for position in a whole new group of kids. But when a Category Five hurricane heads their way, the boys will lear ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
Frederick Frederickson cannot wait for the yearly cruise with his family. Having just been deemed a flea at the bottom of the school food chain, he's ready for a break from school and his "friends." Unfortunately, his parents decide to cancel the vacation due to an incoming hurricane, Frederick is despondent. He accidentally ends up floating down a river in his friend's dad's boat and winds up at a transformational weekend camp for boys who need more discipline where he assumes the identity of t ...more
Alexa Hamilton
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, tween
Frederick is having a rough go of it, he wants to go on a cruise to escape his problems, like he does with his family every year. But this year a hurricane ruins their plans and he has to stay home, with his friends who he hasn't been very nice to. But instead, they are not nice to him and he winds up in an insane spot, at a camp for troubled boys, with a name that isn't his. Can he make friends there? It's about the resiliency of friends and perceptions of young boys who are struggling. Frederi ...more
Katie Reilley
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frederick Frederickson is a ten year old who’s at the bottom of the social food chain. His “friends” don’t treat him well, and the family vacation he’s desperately looking forward to is canceled due to an impending hurricane. At a birthday party, he inadvertently gets into a boat, loses the motor and anchor, and floats down the Omigoshee River. He lands at Camp Omigoshee, a weekend disciplinary camp for boys, where he’s mistakenly identified as another camper (Dash) who hasn’t arrived.

A shaky f
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A ragtag group lined up on the cover and how can you resist? It's a quirky and adorably funny look at what friendship means to most of us. For Frederick Frederickson, even his friends at school poke fun at him and when a failed vacation puts a damper on his spirits, he ends up going Pi and floating down a river in a boat, landing at a summer camp for dysfunctional kids where he's assumed to be the missing camper with an epic history of being a bad boy-- the opposite of Frederick's own life.

Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, friendship
A fun but uninspiring book about a misfit who has been told that he's at the bottom of the social food chain. The poor protagonist is picked on by his so-called-friends and bullies alike so when he has a chance to be someone else, he doesn't hesitate to seize the opportunity.

He gains the admiration and respect of a band of misfits at a boy's troubled camp, but learns the price of deceit when his secret is out and he loses their respect. He proves himself to be more than that by an act of courag
Debbie Tanner
This is a funny book about a boy named Fred who, through a series of unfortunate events, ends up at camp to change his attitude. Everyone at the camp believes him to be someone else (a notorious and inventive criminal) and so Fred ends up with a lot more respect than people typically give him. I found the characters stretched a bit too broadly for my taste (too extreme, too silly, too much of a caricature), so for me, it was hard to connect to any of the characters. I think I'll pass on putting ...more
Maggie Carr
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
5☆ #ARC for boys 8-12 on sale 6/5/18

"If you were somebody else-if you had a friend-then even if terrible things were happening, at least there was somebody there to make you feel braver. It was hard to be brave by yourself."

"Frederick had only known Ant Bite for 2 days, but they'd survived a hurricane together and a lion attack and an atomic dodgeball and rope climbing, and he didn't know what to say... "goodbye" didn't cover it."
Rachael Bookfairs
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-done
Fredrick accidentally ends up at a camp for "troubled" boys instead of on the holiday cruise with his family that he expected & now he needs to decide who he is going to be - literally. This book explores the somewhat fraught world of 5th grade boys - friendship, camaraderie, bullying, questioning etc. Although I enjoyed some of the twists & turns of the story the characters did not really come to life for me.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Middle Grade level.
Middle school life explained by young men who are not on the top of the popularity lists.
One of them ends up floating away in a boat after a joke gone wrong. He ends up at a camp for transitioning kids who need some guidance. Typical camp adventures ensue.
Then a hurricane hits and he and his new friend have to weather the storm alone.
The story resolves as expected.
Santat's illustrations add warmth to the story.
Lorie Barber
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Frederick wants so badly to be popular - to be at the top of the fifth grade food chain. Through a series of events, he discovers what’s really important.

Loved meeting the characters and, while I wish I knew more of their stories and hoped that a girl was among them, this was a great window book for me as a teacher. A great reminder that every kid in my class has a story they bring with them to school and that looking past behaviors is essential. A definite add to my classroom library.
I enjoyed this title a great deal. It's geared towards ages 8-12 and will make a great addition to any summer reading list. School isn't so great for Frederick. He's really eager to get home to his family so they can head off on yet another cruise. Mother nature has different plans though and what follows is a wild ride as he is thrown into a strange environment and learns so much about survival and friendship. Longer review to come in the next few days.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the food chain theory of life Frederick is a flea, but wants to be a lion. Suddenly he finds himself at a disciplinary camp where everyone seems to be keeping secrets. Slowly, the boys start to open up. When a category five hurricane hits, Frederick learns the true meaning of friendship and what it means to really be a good friend.
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