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Notes from a Liar and Her Dog

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Living in a family with two perfect sisters and parents who just don't get her, Ant MacPherson finds it easier to lie. After all, the only one who appreciates her is her dog, Pistachio. But when a concerned teacher sees the truth behind Ant's lies, it seems as though she might be in for a change . . .
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Puffin Books (first published May 1st 2001)
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Marguarite Markley
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Lisa
Antonia--"Ant" for short--has a lot of problems: Her mom adores her two blonde, ballerina sisters, but is constantly exasperated with the "nut-brown," non-dancing Ant. Her dad keeps quitting perfectly good jobs and moving the family across the country. Her entire family hates her dog. And on top of all that, a concerned art teacher has starting investigating why Ant insists that she's adopted and her real family is coming back for her any day. The question that nobody can seem to answer is: does ...more
Raven Caines
In the book it felt like Ant wasn't really a liar she just couldn't really tell her true feelings. She only told her true feelings to her dog Pistachio. She seemed to use a lie over her true feelings each time she wanted to tell her true feelings. To me as a reader I felt it was hard to figure out what was the truth or not. There was so many lies she had used over the course of the school year to hide what she truly felt. The book kind of seemed like it was a diary of all the lies she told. The ...more
Susan P
I read this years ago and loved it, and just reread it as a potential junior book club selection. It's still great. Whew! Antonia (Ant) has never fit in with her family. Her sisters are blonde and beautiful like their mother, and they both do ballet, but Ant has dark hair and skin and doesn't share any of the same interests. In her fantasy world these people aren't her real parents, but she keeps a journal of her thoughts and feelings in preparation for the day when they come to take her away. A ...more
Otti Fae
I used to love this book as a kid!
Richard Ward
Aug 31, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids and adults, but especially girls who love animals.
If goodreads allowed 1/2 stars I'd score it 4 1/2 but they don't so I'll be nice and round up. A way precocious preteen girl has fallen into the habit of lying as a way to solve her problems. So a big part of the book is the girl learning that lying isn't the snake oil she believes it to be, that it often makes things even worse, and that it sometimes inadvertently hurts the liar, the lied to, and third parties even. Yet the book isn't overly preachy or moralistic, but makes its points organical ...more
Samantha
Antonio is a girl who is not very close to her parents and she thinks shes adopted. She has one best friend named Harrison and an awesome teacher they call Just Carol! They have a lot of obstacles with pistachio her dog and they have lots of adventures.

I loved this book it was awesome it has a lot of detail and is a book that you just cant stop reading its so awesome.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves books that have you at the edge of your seat.
Hafeleni
Notes from a liar and her dog

Lies, lies and more lies is what Antonia does all the time. “Notes from a liar and her dog,” is a book by Gennifer Choldenko, which has a main character Antonia who is in the position of lying all the time. Her mother Mrs Macpherson has been getting tired of her lies which caused her not to treat her the same as her sisters, Elizabeth and Kate. Antonia thinks that she is adopted and that her dog, Pistachio is her only family. She begins to write letters to her “real”
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Teresa
Trying to keep her little dog Pistachio safe (seizures), family doesn't get her, trouble at school. Volunteering at zoo.
Smart Alec: Principal: "What would the little boy who cried wolf say?" Her: "Nothing, he's dead."

Lying.
Stella
it was okay. Irt was cute. Not great literature, but cute.
Ixchel Ramirez
Antonia McPherson "Ant" is a sixth grader who thinks she has an adopted mother and tells everyone at school because her mom right now is nothing like her, she has brown hair and her mom has blonde hair. She thinks her sisters are her unreal sisters too because Kate, oldest sibling, is very girly and judges everything Ant wears. Elizabeth, youngest sibling, Ant describes her as a queen because she orders and demands. The only person who understands Ant is her friend Harrison. He always draws, he ...more
Gecko_lover
Not To lie It's A Good Book
C-shaw
I came across this kids' book as I was unpacking boxes of books that had been in storage for five years. As I started reading it, I thought some parts sounded familiar, but would have guessed that I'd never read it. Ha! Several chapters in, I came across a note in my own handwriting. I suppose that means I'm reading too many books to absorb them into my consciousness! This is a very good book with most likeable characters, and while it doesn't end "happily ever after," it does end "better than b ...more
Iris
The Basic Summary: Antonia "Ant" MacPherson is a spunky sixth grader who doesn't fit in, even in her own family. She is different from her perfect sisters, Elizabeth and Kate, in every way. She's the awkward middle child who always gets in trouble, the dark-skinned, lank-haired girl in a family of blondes. Because she feels so uncomfortable in her own home, Ant develops an intense bond with her dog Pistachio and cares about him more than anything in the world. But Ant also develops a thin relati ...more
Maria
I personally do not like this book. I think it gets dragged out more than it need to and the writing isn't the best. Although this book does remind me if the movie Matilda. It has the same concept where the parents love the other siblings more than the main character and the parents treat Ant (the main character) horribly. Then she meets a teacher and the teacher finds her so interesting and loves her. That happens between the characters Ant and Just Carol (the art teacher). The only difference ...more
Fiona
The book Notes from a Liar and Her Dog is a very intruiging story about a girl who doesn't seem to realize how much her parents care. Her thoughts are always on her dog, and lying. She loves to say "why waste the truth on someone who won't understand." This book reveals how a girl who always denied her family came to see that family is really important and how certain circumstances can bring everyone together.
Through me experience reading this book, i learned a couple of things, it also brough
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Sheila
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Ruth Hanks
Gr 6-8. Saw Gennifer Choldenko in Provo. Likes to write from the perspective of an 11-12 year-old. I asked her if something special happened at that age that made her want to "fixate" on it, but she didn't really know. It was when her siblings were leaving home and she was left to establish her own identity?

The main character is Antonia MacPherson--she calls herself simply, Ant. She is stuck in the middle of two perfect sisters, Katherine the Great and Your Highness Elizabeth. She is good at get
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Janene
This is the story of a pre-teen, Ant MacPherson, a perpetual liar and mis-fit in the walls of her own home. Initially, she has only her pet chihuahua and her friend Harrison as confidants. In addition, she keeps adding to a book of letters for her "real parents" and waits for them to come rescue her. The lies are catching up with her as things come to a head in the conflict between her and her mother. Her lifeline is the hip art teacher at school, someone willing to give her opportunities to pro ...more
Joycelyn
I had a fun time reading this book. This was actually a book which was mistakenly bought but I had decided to give it a try.

Ant (Antonia) has a habit of lying to people. She would like to believe that she's adopted as she feels that she has nothing in common with any of her family members and in her eyes, her parents doesn't seem to care much about her. Her parents seem to adore her sisters more than her just because she was the more 'troublesome' child. Her only friends are her dog, Pistachio,
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Elice Jrbashyan
Jan 19, 2012 Elice Jrbashyan is currently reading it
The main characters of this story are Antonia (Ant) a girl that is didderent compared to her family, Mrs. MacPherson Ant's mom, MacPherson Ant's dad, Harrison Emerson Ant's best friend, Just Carol Ant's teacher, Elizabeth Ant's sister, Kate Ant's sister as well, Pistachio her dog, and Mary-Judy Just Carol's boss at the zoo.
The plot of this story is that its about a girl named Ant that thinks her parents are not her real parents. She also always gets into trouble because she always lies to ever
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Tiffany
Apr 08, 2012 Tiffany added it
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In the novel, Notes from a Liar and her Dog, a young girl named Antonia, or Ant for short, feels out of place in her own home. With her two perfect sisters, and her parents who do not give her enough attention, she feels as if they aren't her real family. With the help of her best friend, Harrison, her dog Pistachio, and her caring teacher Just Carol, Ant is forced to face her lies.

The characters in this novel most definitely resemble real people in our world. The family has three children with
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Marissa Masterson
Notes From a Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer Childenko fits under the genre of realistic fiction. It is about an elementary school aged girl who doesn't get along with any of her family members and gets herself into a lot of trouble because of her lying. Her best friend and dog are her best friends who are always there for her. Her art teacher, Just Carol helps Antonia overcome lying and her family issues about movie. This book is a chapter book that fits under all of the literacy standards. The ch ...more
Allison
Choldenko can tell a great story. I wasn't bothered by the fact that to me, Antonia's (she goes by Ant) parents were unrealistically disinterested in this particular one of their three daughters. It only emphasizedc what truly mattered to me in the story, how Ant felt like the ugly duckling compared to her two sisters who garnered all the attention from their parents. Catherine and Elizabeth were like the evil step-sisters (except they weren't steps and weren't at all ugly) in battle with Cinder ...more
Lizbeth German
Antonia "Ant" says she's adopted. She says that one day her real parents are going to come for her but in the meanwhile, she will right them letters so that they can see on what they've missed out on. That's not quite true. Ant has two sisters that do not look ANYTHING like her. They're blond and ballerina dancers & she has brown hair and has stopped dancing. They don;t understand her and neither do her parents so all she feels she has left to do is lie. The only one that understands her is ...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog is intended for 6-8 grade students. I read this book on CD. This story is about Antonia MacPherson, and the lies that she tells all the time. According to the main character, no matter what she does, her mother thinks she's wrong and she does not get along with her sisters. Instead, they take notes on her bad behavior. The people that are most important to her are her best friend Harrison and her dog Pistachio, who is the only family member she admits being related ...more
Dolores
I read Gennifer Choldenko's debut after reading her second book, 'Al Capone Does My Shirts'. I can say she just keeps improving. She has not forgotten what it is to be a child, and she writes in a way that young people can relate to, as well as their parents, who can remember what it felt like to be that awkward adolescent.

Antonia "Ant" McPherson is a sixth-grader, the middle child surrounded by two "perfect" siblings. Her father changes jobs at the slightest whim, and has moved the family all
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Jasmin Estrada
I recommend Notes from a Liar to Her Dog to teenagers and kids who sometimes feel left out.This is a book about a girl who feels left out of her family and thinks that everyone loves her sisters more than her.She thinks the only person who loves her and understands her is her bestfriend Harrison and her dog,Pistachio.I got a little annoyed at how she thought she couldnt trust anyone and that everyone is a bad person,but overall I enjoyed it and would recommend this book.
Arianna
I got interested in the title, so I got this book. I wanted to see what this book was really about and the title really does hint about what the book is about. It was slightly interesting reading about a girl that is the black sheep in her family and can't really communicate with others well, except for her friend. As I went on in the story, I kind of got bored with the author's style of writing and started to skim and then flip, before I stopped reading the book.
Hack
while i enjoyed this story of a girl who is totally devoted to her dog, i had a bit of a difficult time relating to the character, since i'm really not into lying. while i understand that 11 is the age that people lie, Ant seems to be more of a pathological lier. for instance, she trades report cards with her friend when her friend gets worse grades. this seems very silly to me. i do, however, understand that it is hard to be the child that doesn't fit, but i thought that Ant carried it a bit to ...more
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