Antonia (Ant) MacPherson's dog is the only one who cares about her. As for the rest of her family...Well, she just doesn't feel she belongs. At all. When you're the awkward middle child sandwiched between two perfect blonde sisters, it's easy to get overlooked. So Ant decides she must be adopted (it's the only logical answer) and fantasizes about how her "real" family will return for her someday. Only then will Ant truly belong. The problem is Ant has a bad habit of voicing these fantasies as if they're real. So when a concerned teacher investigates these claims, the real troble starts. But sometimes it takes a lot of trouble to make things OK for everyone.
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, by Gennifer Choldenko is a quick and fun read. Ant is quirky and stubborn and totally her own person. Although I got frustrated with her constant lies, I was also proud of her for not conforming to what she believed her parents wanted her to be. And I was happy when she and her mom finally worked things out (the best they could).
This book is for anyone who has ever felt left out, misunderstood, or just frustrated with their lot in life. Notes from a Liar and Her Dog can currently be found on our New Book shelf.
Highly recommended --AJB