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Tall Tales by Karen Day

Tall Tales

by Karen Day

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If Jacqueline Wilson's Cookie is a fluffy fairy tale with extra frosting, Karen Day's Tall Tales is a healthy loaf of bread.

Meg's family has moved yet again and she's having trouble, as always, making new friends. Especially since she can't seem to stop telling stories. Or are they lies? But it's better to make something up than tell people what's really going on in her family. When she finally makes a friend, she starts seeing what life could be like. But will she and her family have the courage to make changes?

This story of a family suffering with an alcoholic and abusive father doesn't sugar-coat the pain or demonize anyone. Meg and her family love their dad and they have good times and wonderful memories together. Meg's mother loves her family, but has made some bad decisions over the years and is suffering for them. As Meg and her family begin to break the silence that has imprisoned them, they begin to grow and change and hope. There are no easy answers and completely happy endings, but there's courage and a will to change.

Verdict: A good story for tweens who like strong realistic fiction that's not too graphic.

ISBN: 0375837736; Published May 2007 by Wendy Lamb; Borrowed from the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Nov 15, 2011 |
Meg’s family moves constantly, trying to accommodate Meg’s alcoholic father’s desire for a fresh start. Meg is tired of moving and is embarrassed about her family. To compensate, Meg tells outrageous stories about her family. For the first time, Meg makes a friend, a very tolerant girl named Grace. Gradually, Grace and others learn the truth about Meg and her family, but Grace turns out to be more than a fair weather friend. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
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Meg's family has moved a lot because of her father's drinking. Meg arrives in her town longing to find a real friend, someone she can talk to and write stories with. When she and Grace join forces to write a book, she's thrilled that she has finally found someone who likes her for who she is, who trusts her and confides in her.

But she can't tell Grace about her father. Even though she hates to lie, Meg can't resist telling tall tales about her family and her life to Grace and other kids.

For Meg, friendship turns out to be the key to telling the truth, and also to a better life for her family.

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Sixth-grader Meg Summers and her family move to a new state every few years as her alcoholic father tries to get a fresh start, but when they land in Indiana and Meg finally makes a real friend and begins to talk about her family's problems, they all find the strength to try to change their destiny.… (more)

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