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Cricket Cohen isn’t a liar, but she doesn’t always tell the exact truth. She loves thinking about geology and astronomy and performing tricky brain surgery on her stuffed animals. She also loves conspiring with Dodo, her feisty grandmother who lives in the apartment right next door. And one Manhattan weekend when she’s in hot water with her teacher and her controlling pareCricket Cohen isn’t a liar, but she doesn’t always tell the exact truth. She loves thinking about geology and astronomy and performing tricky brain surgery on her stuffed animals. She also loves conspiring with Dodo, her feisty grandmother who lives in the apartment right next door. And one Manhattan weekend when she’s in hot water with her teacher and her controlling parents over a fanciful memoir essay, Cricket goes along with Dodo’s questionable decision to hit the bricks. Imagining all sorts of escapades, Cricket is happy to leave home behind. But on a crosstown adventure with an elderly woman who has her own habit of mixing truth and fantasy, some hard realities may start to get in the way of all the fun....

Title : The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen
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ISBN : 9780374300418
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen Reviews

  • Laura Mossa
    2018-11-17 20:19

    Eleven year old Cricket Cohen is known for stretching the truth. When her teacher calls her out on the far fetched memoir she wrote, creative Cricket is deflated and must rewrite it. The difficulty is Cricket’s imagination is far more interesting than her real life. Fortunately, Cricket’s spirited grandmother, Dodo comes to the rescue with an invitation to go on an adventure together. Cricket and Dodo take New York City by storm starting with a stroll through Central Park and a near death collision with a roller skater. After an overnight stay at Dodo’s favorite hotel, they head to Barney’s to do some shopping where their adventure goes awry and ends with a escorted trip to the police station.Throughout their travels, Cricket and Dodo both lean on each other. As Cricket struggles with being labeled as an unreliable make-upper of stories,” Dodo reminds Cricket that she should be proud of her imagination because it belongs to her. When Dodo experiences confusion, Cricket tenderly handles each situation and calmly reorients her. Cricket and Dodo’s mutual respect and love for one another is truly the heart and soul of the novel. I can’t wait to share this book with my intermediate readers.Thank you to Catherine Lloyd Burns for providing our #bookexcursion group with a copy of The Half True Lies of Cricket Cohen. Etta and I now can’t wait to read The Good, the Bad & the Beagle!

  • Nancy Cavanaugh
    2018-11-29 20:14

    Such a heartwarming story with characters to love.

  • Michelle Arrow
    2018-11-18 01:37

    This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen was really enjoyable and a book that looked so promising. It was memorable, and although the beginning was slow (and a bit confusing), every aspect of it was fabulous... practically.DODO (Cricket's grandmother) WAS LIFE. I loved her. She was a rich, flirty granny who was a diff. character than we see in most middle grade books. It's so nice to see family relationships build in this book, and I can only help but WISH and BEG that many middle-grade books that are coming out will be the same. Same as in similar relationships. Cricket, our main character, on the other hand, was a responsible kid who just made me smile. I loved how she was just so honest with her grandma. Of course, what made me mad were the white lies Cricket made, but that was intentional as the whole story revolved around these lies. It was a book that can teach all of us something valuable for life. I can imagine the impact it can have on kids. This was promising, however it was extremely boring in the beginning - it was slow, not getting anywhere, especially with the fact that she started going to surf camp which didn't really make sense. It seemed as if it was just filler, and too much for me to comprehend. There were characters introduced who were so random and it was too much. But after, the book redeemed itself. The story as a whole was just hilarious. I truly loved Dodo and Cricket together The adventures they got into were THE BEST. DYNAMIC DUO FOREVER. You cannot even imagine how much I appreciate their relationship. It brightened up my day! CRICKET AS A WHOLE: she has insecurities and she's so real. You can feel the desperation in her voice as she tried to be someone else - but Dodo helped her realize that her real self is better than her "memoir" self. Cricket had a better connection with her grandma than her own mother, and it kind of is sad, but happy at the same time. It's important for people to have connections with their extended family as well. Even though The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen wasn't amusing in the beginning, I still really enjoyed this humorous and lesson-teaching (of kindness towards your family) story. *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*

  • Barbara
    2018-12-10 00:26

    Eleven-year-old Cricket Cohen has quite an imagination, which might be a good predictor of her future as a storyteller and writer. But her tendency to exaggerate and embellish stories gets her in trouble with her teacher, Mr. Ludgate, after she turned in a memoir describing her adventures in Iceland with a famous geologist, something that never happened. After a parent-teacher conference, he gives her the chance to redo the assignment. Although Cricket agrees to do so, she is reticent and keeps putting off the task despite the nagging of her mother, Bunny. While her parents are out of town, she and her beloved grandmother, Dodo, set off on an adventure of their own, visiting Central Park, checking into an expensive hotel, and shopping up a storm. But as much fun as Cricket and Dodo have, it's clear that there is something wrong with Dodo since she seems to be forgetting more and more things and living in the past. When Dodo is arrested in Barneys, their adventure quickly turns serious. I enjoyed the narrative voice of this book, perfect for intermediate grade readers, but I wondered about how Dodo's family missed all the signs of her growing confusion after they moved her to Manhattan from her home in California, something not recommended for anyone with Alzheimer's. Of course, they had no idea that she had it at the time. It intrigued me to see how Cricket's impressions of her grandmother began to change during their wild weekend in New York City, especially as she watched her trying to flirt with all the men she encountered and described her life with Cricket's grandfather. It is interesting to see how family myths often turn out not to be the truths we thought they were. My favorite line from the book, which sums up its theme is this one: "If you pay attention, a person will give you clues about themselves, just like a rock. And maybe life is like that, too" (p. 244). As a budding geologist, this is the perfect observation from Cricket. Although I couldn't help but enjoy the story, I was a bit concerned about how the security officers and law enforcement officers treated Cricket and Dodo and couldn't help but wonder how accurate that depiction was. For the most part, they seemed quite compassionate and knew how to handle everything. It makes me wonder how often this sort of thing happens.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2018-11-18 20:27

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineCricket has odd interests and has alienated all of her classmates by embellishing the truth, but she's looking forward to summer, even though her mother has signed her up for a surfing camp. When Cricket turns in a personal narrative essay that is all lies, she gets called on the carpet and has to redo it. Her parents are fund raisers who try to get money from New York's wealthy elite, even though they are not wealthy themselves. Cricket's grandmother, Dodo, has moved from California to be near Cricket's family (her parents are very busy!), and has a live in helper named Abby from who she is always trying to escape. When the parents have to go to Long Island, they decide it's okay for Cricket to stay with Dodo, even though she is becoming increasingly forgetful and has caused Abby to quite because she is so difficult. Things go quickly south, with Cricket and Dodo running away and eventually being detained by the police for shoplifting. Strengths: I'd like to see more stories of children are their grandparents that explore that bond and also talk about a variety of challenges that come with aging. This had a strong sense of place, and wasn't overly sad. There was a lot of support for Cricket, even if it didn't really come from her parents. Weaknesses: This struck me as an Eloise at the Plaza sort of book-- poor little rich girl. Okay, maybe not rich, but definitely privileged. Cricket is unlikable, and her parents' lack of interest in keeping their daughter and her grandmother safe because they were too busy was horrible. What I really think: Maybe this will be more popular with people who actually live in New York City. It must be very different there, and I just don't understand. Ms. Yingling

  • Liz
    2018-11-27 03:39

    Cricket Cohen is an outsider who loves geology and using her imagination to dream up exciting stories in her life. Some of her classmates call her a liar, her teacher discovers that her “memoir” essay was largely fictionalized, and her parents are tired of her tales. The only person who seems to appreciate Cricket’s fantastic life is her grandmother, Dodo.When Dodo’s caregiver quits and Cricket’s parents are scheduled to go out of town for two days, Cricket sees it as an opportunity. She and Dodo will have a sleepover like they used to when she was younger and they lived in different states. Cricket’s parents haven’t been gone long before Cricket and Dodo decide to leave for an adventure. They pack their bags and set off.This book hit its stride once Cricket’s and Dodo’s adventure began. Not only was it a lot of fun imagining what their trip was like, but that’s when Cricket starts to realize how hard taking care of Dodo can be. The book flew from the moment they walked out the door of Dodo’s apartment until the end, and left me wishing for more tales of Dodo’s eccentric behavior.I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

  • Jodi Papazian
    2018-11-13 21:29

    I enjoyed The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen. It was a sweet story of an imaginative 11 year-old girl who's ideas/fantasies often go unappreciated by her parents and teachers. The person who best relates to her is her grandmother, Dodo, who is a bit of a wild spirit herself.When Cricket and Dodo set off on a NYC adventure (which they know would never be allowed by Cricket's parents) they find themselves in a heap of trouble after a misunderstanding. Readers will likely pick up that there is something wrong with Dodo before Cricket does.This was a bittersweet story. I loved the humor of Cricket and her overly-detailed daydreams/imaginative play, however, the reality of growing old and the issues that the elderly and their families experience can be heartbreaking.Pass this along to readers looking for a good realistic fiction read. Fans of books featuring kids with issues (Wonder, Fish in a Tree, etc) may enjoy reading about Cricket.

  • Amber Webb
    2018-11-23 00:29

    Cricket Cohen has an incredibly vivid imagination and isn't afraid to use it, even when she really shouldn't. I loved this story by Catherine Lloyd Burns. As an educator, it was a great reminder to allow children to be who they are and continue to use their imaginations in big ways. As an adult reader, it was a reminder to treat children with respect and value them as human beings. As a reader, I loved this book for the zany adventures, comical situations and realities for children as they grow. The relationship between Cricket and her grandmother was adorable and endearing while the relationship between Cricket and her mother gave the reader an opportunity to examine their own relationships. I think that kids everywhere will love this book as it has hints of non-fiction, adventure, comedy and reality.

  • Suzy
    2018-11-12 22:28

    This was a fun read. Cricket and her grandmother Dodo set out on some summer adventures. Cricket is known for extending the truth. She has to rewrite her "memoir" because she exaggerated what really happens in her life. Her life is pretty entertaining, what with dealing with her fundraising parents, and her slightly wacky grandma. She procrastinates because she feels like her life is not as good as her imagination. Her grandma is dealing with some Alzheimer's and Cricket deals with it gently and in the best ways that she can. I didn't like they way Cricket's parents treated her. They didn't listen to her and were very much more concerned with their own problems. I loved that Dodo took her under her wing and took her on some great adventures.

  • Barbara C. Pollak
    2018-12-04 03:38

    Although this book is aimed at the middle-grade set, it held my interest and taught me some valuable lessons along the way. It's easy to see yourself in one or another of the characters, whether it is Cricket herself, her grandmother, controlling mom or peacemaker dad, the phonies of the world or just someone who loves the NYC landscape. I purchased it for my grandchildren as well, and now we will have something new and deep to discuss!

  • Sara Truog
    2018-12-02 02:43

    Girl with a very vivid imagination and a talent for bending the truth goes on an adventure with her grandmother, who is in the early stages of dementia/Alzheimer's.I loved the special relationship that these two have, and how they find ways to take care of each other. Sweet, sweet story for grades 4+.

  • Anna
    2018-12-08 00:39

    Funny story about lying and Alzheimer's

  • Emma Andje
    2018-11-30 00:19

    Certain aspects of this book are amazing. The main character, Cricket, is an aspiring geologist and is quite smart, sprouting several fun facts throughout the story. She also learns that her grandmother has dementia and discovers how to care for someone with this condition. This book shows how a little kindness can go a long way.However, overall, I was a little underwhelmed. When I was younger, this would have been the type of book I would have loved to have read during summer. As an adult, I was able to appreciate this novel, but there was nothing that I really connected with.I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Jayce Senter
    2018-12-02 21:24

    Originally posted here at In the Senter of it AllThis is a sweet little book. It deals with heavy subjects such as Alzheimer's and lying but in a way that is endearing as opposed to depressing. Cricket’s grandmother (Dodo) is struggling with the onset of dementia and expresses views often that she obviously does not actually believe. Ex: “Love is an illusion.” after her long happy marriage to the love of her life. I think this book is great for discussion: the family coming to grips with Dodo’s dementia, how Cricket handles it and how they decide to accept each other in the end. SUMMARY: Cricket has an active imagination and sometimes it gets her in trouble. She writes a memoir that is less than factual and is having to write it over summer vacation. She is NOT excited about writing something as uninteresting as the truth. Instead she runs away with her beloved grandmother, Dodo. They get into some serious scrapes and go on some exciting adventures that make for a pretty interesting life story. CONTENT: Language: mild--”Oh my God!” Sexuality: none-- Dodo discusses Matisse’s affair and says “Imagine if I had an affair!” Violence: noneDrugs/Alcohol: none--the adults drink wine in a restaurant Discusses the Big Bang and evolution as a matter of course as opposed to a theory. THEMES: acceptance, lying, responsibility, stealingTHE BOTTOM LINE: A very sweet book that we are going to use for a 5th grade group read. STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We own 2 copies. READALIKES: The Great Good Summer The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit Absolutely Truly

  • TJ Burns
    2018-11-22 19:23

    I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.