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The year is 1941...and France has fallen to the German army. But to Marcel and his two older brothers, Pierre and René, the war seems far away from their tiny village of Mont-Saint-Martin. They spend a happy summer fishing, playing soliers, and holding contest to see who is the biggest lier. Then the Germans occupy their village -- and Marcel and his brothers learn who isThe year is 1941...and France has fallen to the German army. But to Marcel and his two older brothers, Pierre and René, the war seems far away from their tiny village of Mont-Saint-Martin. They spend a happy summer fishing, playing soliers, and holding contest to see who is the biggest lier. Then the Germans occupy their village -- and Marcel and his brothers learn who is the best liar of them all....

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ISBN : 9780064408745
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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The Good Liar Reviews

  • Alex Baugh
    2018-10-18 02:58

    The Good Liar begins in the present when three young girls are studying World War II in school and their assignment is to speak to someone who had lived through it. They see an artist, Marcel Delarue, interviewed on TV and write him to ask if he would answer their questions since he lived through the war in France, only a child of 8 when Paris fell to the Nazis in 1940. Marcel very graciously responds to their request, and begins writing a series of vignettes resembling the landscapes he paints.Marcel, and his older brothers Pierre and René, lived in a small village with only their mother, their papa is away working. The boys are really rambunctious and considered themselves to be quite good liars. Lying was a contest with them to see who could come up with the best liar in a give situation. They would lie to anyone about anything, sometimes doing it just for the sake of lying. The war still feels very far from their small village of Mont-Saint-Martin when they receive a letter from Uncle Anton in Paris saying that the German soldiers are on their way and that he and friends might be need to stay with them awhile. But in fact German soldiers show up in their village before Uncle Anton, two coming to the Delarue's door one day asking for help. But the boy's mother is home and they lie and say she is in Chinon, taking caring of her mother. By now, France had fallen and the north was occupied by German, even in Mont-Saint-Martin, but life went on as usual, except that there was never enough to eat unless you were a German soldier. And finally in September 1941, Uncle Anton arrived along with his friend Madame Cauverian and her daughter Miriam. Mother and daughter were Jews and life in France was not long safe for them, so the plan was to stay a week with the Delarues and then escape from France over Pyrénées into Spain and safety. But Miriam became ill and the stay was prolonged. Meanwhile, the boys beloved dog, Mirabeau went missing.One morning, Marcel and René are sent one a mission to get some honey from an old farmer. The trip on foot was long and when they got there, the farmer kept them all day long, so that by the time they returned home they discovered that the guests were gone, rounded up with the other village Jews to be interned. Marcel and René were both angry that only Pierre has been home to say goodbye. And sometime during that winter of 1941/42, Pierre stopped lying.Since Pierre was no longer a playmate, that summer Marcel and René found themselves spending their days fishing and swimming in the company of one of the German soldiers who had come to the door. Basically, just a young boy himself, the German taught them not just how to cast their fishing lines but provided lunch as well. All was idyllic until Marcel fell out of a tree, injuring himself and the German took him home, running all the way.It was then that the reason for the change in Pierre became apparent. And it becomes clear why their otherwise careful, quiet mother had verbally attacked some German soldiers after the Jews in the village had been rounded up. And it becomes evident who the best liar among the Delarues turns out to be.And it is not who you would ever expect.I read The Good Liar in one sitting because I could put it down. It is a wonderful multi-layered middle grade book, ideal for introducing young readers to the events of World War II. The characters are well-rounded and in many ways unique. Marcel is quite artistic and gives the reader a most picturesque impression of the war and though he doesn't leave out the hunger, the cold, the danger and the round ups of Jews, each vignette carries an almost halcyon feeling, just like the pictures he painted of trees and bridges in his painting. I kept wondering why he was doing this, until I got to the end.Ironically, in the end, though, this small novel is a book about master liars is a book about truth.This book is recommended for readers age 9+This book was borrowed from the Webster Branch of the NYPL

  • Camden
    2018-09-24 03:42

    I just checked this book random out of the library thinking Tanner might like it. He wasn't interested until we read the first few chapters together. I like just about anything from WWII era. This was a nice story written by an older man reminscing about his memories of being a child in France during the war. Nothing magnanimous happens but it's a great story of a child's perspective during war and some of the real emotions that they went through. I really liked it and so did Tanner. Good for any child 8+ who doesn't mind reading a book that's not silly or fantasy.

  • carolyn
    2018-10-12 23:38

    a charming children's book easily read in a single sitting. it's written as a correspondence between modern day school children in America asking an old man to tell them stories of WWII. The man writes back and talks of his experience as a little boy growing up in France during the war. It's not the big grand spectacle of battle and bombings but the small interactions in a village. It's a great perspective through a child's eyes.

  • Lila
    2018-10-12 04:02

    I did not like the book because it did not explain world war II good enough for my learning. I don't like it because it is just basically asking who can lie to the Nazi best.

  • Sarah Kharasch
    2018-10-16 07:33

    I did not like this book. It did not have any climax what so ever. The main problem was two pages long. I do not recommend this book for anybody.

  • Mason Johnson
    2018-10-16 02:39

    This book is The Good Liar is a historical fiction book. The Good Liar is written by Gregory Maguire it has 129 pages. It is based during world war one in a little town called Mont-Saint-Martin. This is located by france in the 1940. There was three brothers named Pierre Rene and Marcel. One day a german soldier was with his fellow soldier and was looking for there mother because she is kinda like a doctor. The boys are pretty good liars so they told the soldiers that there mom was out of the country. They became good friends with this soldier they started calling him there soldier. There father is off working and is not home so Pierre needs to be the father of the house. When they find out that there uncle is coming to stay with them they are excited. This story is told in the point of view of Marcel. When his uncle came after two years he brought two jews with him. They were not expecting them. With the natzies out to get jews they had to leave or get captured. The boys mom or as they call her in the book Maman she sends off the two youngest boys to get some honey at the farm. As they were gone they stored the jews in the attic and told the boys that they were taken by the germans. They were upset that they would do that. Later in the book they come down and the boys are happy that they have lived. Pierre has become soft his brothers say and does not lie anymore because he had to keep the secret. Marcel was asked by a boy if he lived during world war one and had any cool stories. He answered yes and told him all about his adventures during this time. This got the boy a good grade and the whole school learned about him. I liked this book and would recommend it to you if you like a little bit of adventure

  • Joni
    2018-10-15 06:54

    young french brothers befriend german soldier , while mom hides Jews. from a goodreads reviewer" I like just about anything from WWII era. This was a nice story written by an older man reminscing about his memories of being a child in France during the war. Nothing magnanimous happens but it's a great story of a child's perspective during war and some of the real emotions that they went through";and "For a book titled "The Good Liar", I found this book to be strikingly honest."and "modern day school children in America asking an old man to tell them stories of WWII...talks of his experience as a little boy growing up in France during the war."

  • Autumn
    2018-10-13 07:02

    Fictional, OK story about a family of boys in WWII Nazi occupied France. Liked how it hinted at how young some of the German soldiers were, and how it showed how human and decent some of them were. This shown next to the typical Nazi was interesting. As was the life of three boys in WWII France. The letters at the beginning and end of the book that set the premise for the story are a weaker element. That could have been done better.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-30 23:51

    I read this one day sitting in the library while Amaria plunged the depths of the children's section. As a child, and as an adult too, my favorite way to discover historical periods is through historical fiction, so this book was really excellent and I'll be sure to have Amaria read it when she is old enough - maybe 4th or 5th grade. The non-sentimental handling of all the characters is what I specifically like about this WWII novel.

  • Eriko
    2018-09-18 00:00

    Another great story by Maguire. The premise with the girls (students) writing to an old person and getting him to tell his life story from WWII was neat. The young boy and his brothers think they are good liars but it turns out their mom is even better.

  • Allison
    2018-09-29 00:02

    I'm trying to read some of the books my 9 yr old boy is reading this summer. He is hard to keep up with. This one was really great! I love all the lies the kids told and all the effort the mother took to scold them and teach them not to lie. Hilarious if you are a mother.

  • Nova
    2018-09-26 06:50

    This is a story of 3 brothers who make a great game of seeing how many outrageous lies they can get away with. However when it comes to hiding Jews during WW2, the game turns more into a serious necessity.

  • Neill Smith
    2018-10-13 01:42

    Three girls working on a school report write a letter to an artist they see on TV, asking him about his experiences in WWII. His reply is a story composed of a series of connected vignettes of life in occupied France for his mother, two brothers, and people around them.

  • Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
    2018-10-17 05:00

    (129 pgs)

  • Mago
    2018-10-02 23:56

    The Good Liar is a book set during WWII. In the book, two Jewish people move into a house in France and try to stay hidden from the Nazi soldiers.

  • Heather
    2018-10-07 08:03

    A wonderful, thought-provoking book about French boys during WWII. I can't wait to have my son read it so we can discuss it together.

  • Kristen Landon
    2018-10-09 02:52

    Simple WWII historical novel. Great intro to the period for kids. This takes place in France during the occupation. Puts a real human touch on the situation.

  • Janine
    2018-10-16 04:52

    I thought this book had some very complex issues. I would not recomend it to kids under the 7th grade. I believe they could read it without difficulty, but the subject matter is deep.

  • Akhsassi Mouhamed
    2018-10-10 01:59

    l like it but , i don't like the passage when he among story about holocaust

  • SaraKat
    2018-09-18 00:56

    Interesting short young adult account of 3 brothers and their mother during war-time France. I recommend it!

  • Susan Phelan
    2018-10-18 05:39

    OK. Consistent voice. POV made for distance - looking back - that kept down emotional possibilities.

  • Chris Antonio
    2018-09-27 01:56

    Easy read for youth. I read this in a day and found it to have a few twists that surprised me.

  • Jillian
    2018-10-16 04:46

    Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for a memoir-esque format but I really enjoyed this book a lot. For a book titled "The Good Liar", I found this book to be strikingly honest.

  • Elsabet
    2018-09-23 00:34

    This was such a cute story, but also sad. (view spoiler)[Marcel's last meeting with Monsieur Soldier made me cry. (hide spoiler)] The author really knew how to write children.