LIARS by P.J. Petersen


Age Range: 12 - 15
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 The placid daily routine in tiny Alder Creek, California, flies apart when an old prospector's house is first rifled, then burnt down--and when teenager Sam Thompson discovers both a talent for dowsing and an apparently related ability to tell when people are lying. Sam finds that everyone he talks to-- schoolmates, neighbors, even his own father--is hiding something. Was the fire deliberate or accidental? Why has the atmosphere in town become so tense? Suspense mounts as events move to a climax: Sam is menaced by a hooded gunman and later gets a threatening phone call; another fire is set; and he catches Dr. Vincent, a prominent local citizen, prowling through his house. Finally, Dr. Vincent confesses to the dirty deeds--he'd been desperately trying to destroy an incriminating photograph of his private marijuana patch--and Sam learns that not all lies arise from evil motives. Oddly, Sam's ESP plays no major role in resolving this taut, well-constructed mystery. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-671-75035-6
Page count: 170pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1992


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