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Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.

As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.

In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published October 13th 2009)
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Samantha R
Little Black Lies
Book Review
By: Samantha Rundle


The book “Little Black Lies,” is a teen novel used to express the difficulties of a teenager moving from one city to another. In this book the protagonist, Sara Black, moves schools because her parents went through an awful divorce. Her mother now lives in Paris, and she lives with her father. Her father, Charlie, gets a new job as a janitor at an elite school called “Anton High.” This school is for the all “famous kids.” All of their parents are f
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Laura
In an effort to fit in at her new school, to erase her parent's divorce (and the shame she felt when her mother ran off with the husband of the school's most popular teacher), and to hide her father's OCD, Sara tells some little lies. Black lies, obviously, because they're not the ones we call white lies.

This is one of those wanting-to-be-part-of-the-popular crowd stories, with consequences. Of course the girl she wants to be friends with most, Carling, is also the prettiest and meanest. Of cour
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Daritza Luna
AMAZING! I loved this book, this is my type of book. High School drama and life problems.

I lliked how the popular kids were from a "nerd" school, it was quite different.

I really hated Sara's mom, she annoyed me so much!
Minerva
Okay, so I was looking for semi-mindless books that would be easy to read. This fit the bill perfectly, and was actually better than I was expecting. To be perfectly honest, I always sort of expect these types of high school drama, teen novels to have somewhat annoying protagonists, but Sara was surprisingly relatable. I’m not really sure what that says about me, but hey.

"Her father’s nuts, and Carling… I adore her, but she’s capable of just about anything. You’d be wise to avoid her."
He’s right
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Katie
I could tell from the very beginning that I was going to like Little Black Lies. It’s one of those books where once you start it, there is no stopping for anything other than necessity. It kept me hooked right until the last sentence and even after that it stuck with me.

The first thing I really liked about the book was Sara. She may have been a huge liar and kind of selfish in some of her acts but I still liked her. She didn’t seem superficial and you could tell by all the guilt she felt how muc
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Lauren
After hearing some mixed thoughts on this one, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Would I love it or hate it? Though, as it turns out, I ended up really enjoying Little Black Lies and I think you may also.

In Sara, Tish created a character that is complex and easy to relate to in the fact that she's dealing with fitting in along with peer pressure, the affects of her parents separation, the typical stress of school, and other teen problems. While I did like Sara, I had a bit of hard time accep
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Christina
By Tish Cohen Pages:320

Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen is about a girl named Sarah who is new student at Anton high school. She doesnt know anyone at that school so she has to start off by making friends. So she starts talking to the "popular kids" and she starts telling them about how her life used to be before she came to this high school. She thinks that her life is boring and that people wouldnt like her if she told them some of the real things that happen in her life so she makes up lies t
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Lindsay Frost
Little Black Lies
By Tish Cohen

Publisher: Egmont USA
# of pages: 320
Age Rating: +12
My Rating: 4 Stars
Where I got it: Won from a contest

Synopsis:
Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.
As the new eleventh grader at Anton High – the most elite public school in the country – she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.
In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape he
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Stephanie
A very interesting setting - a nerd elite public school - one that I would not have though of at all. Little Black Lies is filled with the seemingly never-ending high school drama and ordeal.

I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I first started it. Needless to say, I did enjoy it but it was one of those books that you had to read a few chapters to get in to.

Sara started out to me as a nice girl who unfortunately got sent out of her hometow
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Faye

Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.
As the new eleventh grader at Anton High – the most elite public school in the country – she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.
In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants.
And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity?
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Randy
Crimes and Deceit: Columbine and Little Black Lies


Transitioning between reading books can be difficult, especially when moving from something intensely dark and thick with facts to a far lighter read, such as a young adult (YA) book with a partially pink cover. Or, you may be surprised by their connective tissue.

This week I transitioned from Columbine by Dave Cullen, a deeply disturbing analysis of teenage killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, to Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen, an engrossing a
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Sara Grochowski
I absolutely loved Little Black Lies! The main character, Sara, takes lying to a whole new level, and, while I don't think I could take it as far as she did, Tish Cohen mades it easy for me to understand Sara's actions.

I really appreciate that the author incorporated OCD into the plot. OCD is one of those conditions that everyone knows about, but many people haven't experienced first hand. I could imagine how debilitating it could be for the individual with OCD, but I never really considered the
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Bianca
Little Black Lies was a wonderful read! It wasn't that hard to get into at all and by the time your halfway through with it, it's hard to put down! First off, I'd like to mention that one of the reasons I was drawn to this book because it takes places in Boston, one of my favorite places and it has to do with a private school -well, technically this school isn't one, but it might as well be. And Tish Cohen does this neat little thing with the chapters, she starts them all out with a quote about ...more
Katherine O
Katherine Ortiz
April 27th 2011 Bye Sara Black, Welcome London.
ELA 702

Ever had to hide who you are to fit into a new environment? Have you ever been so embarrassed about a particular part of your life and past that you'd do anything to hide it beneath the ashes? And have you ever told such a large lie that it wasn't a little white lie, but more ugly, a little black lie? If you have then you will love the book "Little black lies" by Tish Cohen.

Sara is the new girl at Ant High, and things could
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Erica
Little Black Lies was a light read that a wide range of teens will enjoyable. It's a well written book that is 100% believable. That was one reason I enjoyed it so much, there was never a moment where you were thinking, "That'd never happen."

Each chapter opens with a random fact about ants, which comes from Anton students referring to themselves as "ants". I thought that was so unique! Tish Cohen created a main character you can sympathize for and also connect with, but I found myself frustrate
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Karmen
Sara Black brings another shade of colour into her kind of white lies. Little Black Lies, a novel from Tish Cohen, tells the journey of a domino-effect of fibs told by Sara in an attempt to create a past she never got to have. Wiping the slate clean, she is a new student to prestigious Anton High School, the students informally named “ants”, and given the chance to make friends with popular girl Carling Burnack, with whom Sara shows infatuation for. Meanwhile, the protagonist’s ailing father is ...more
Yan
Little Black Lies start out a bit dull for me but developed into something interesting towards the end. In the end this was a good book with a few twists and adorable scenes. We can say this entire book does a great job on the word “karma”. Karma is a bitch isn’t it?

A few white lies, turning to black, and bam, all hell goes loose. This is what Sara goes through. One thing that I really found refreshing is that the main character (Sara) didn’t get away scot free. There are consequences for every
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Carmen Yeung
Apr 15, 2012 Carmen Yeung rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school student
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I got hooked into this book by the title, because lies is a really general theme, i got so caught up with what is going to happen that i didn't only read this book in school, i read it anywhere until i finished it. This book is the similar to the other book i was reading at the same time called Shattering Glass, because they are both talking about popularity and what they will do just to achieve that spot. Sara the protagonist is a really sweet girl, well before sh
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BOOK BUTTERFLY
Imagine you are a teenage girl and your mom runs out on your family. Then your dad transplants you into a new town where you have no friends and are forced to attend the most intimidating prep school on the planet. Oh and by the way, you also have to deal with your dad's Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is rapidly spiraling out of control and made worse by his chosen profession! In Little Black Lies, Sara Black’s whole world is turned upside down when her mom runs away to France. If you were ...more
alexis
Pub Date : October 2009

Summary: Sara Black is losing a balancing act at the most elite school in Boston.

Anton High isn’t your usual high school.

Most students can’t get in after freshman year.

But if you’re like Sara and your father is the janitor, you have no problem getting in.

No one knows her past; she can be whoever she wants.

Sara Black can reinvent herself like never before.


Everything Sara has been running from almost disappears.

She can pretend that her mother didn’t run off with her science
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Michelle
At the outset it appeared that Little Black Lies was the typical “awkward new student outcast lies to fit in with the popular crowd” story. However, after a few chapters the reader is quick to realize that there is a bit more to the story than just this young girl adjusting to a new school and new friends. The addition of her father’s struggle brings with it the most promise.

I think I’ve mentioned before that books that focus on the father/daughter relationship are important to me. My brother is
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Lisa Doucet

As Sara begins her new life in Boston, attending a very exclusive and academically intense private school for only the most gifted of students, she has a lot on her mind. First there is her mother’s recent desertion and the scandalous, hurtful circumstances of her departure. Then there is her father and what appears to be a flare up of his obsessive-compulsive disorder. On top of all of that is the arduous workload at Anton High and the awkwardness of trying to make new fr
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Michaela
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Jessica Lawlor
I really enjoyed this book because it took a completely different spin on the often used private school/popularity storyline. I found it really interesting that the author chose to set this story at a school for geniuses, where the stakes are a bit higher and its each student for themselves as they compete to get into the best colleges. I enjoyed the fact that even though there weren’t the typical cheerleaders or “popular girls,” the social hierarchy remained strong and we saw a new type of mean ...more
Aileen
Sara Black has just been enrolled in on of the most prestigious public high school, Anton High, no one gets in after their freshmen year and it's almost impossible to pass the test, she got in as a junior. Which helps her stick out more then she usually would riding in her dad's old VW bus. When her new classmates mistake her coming from Lundon, Massachusetts, for London, England, she doesn't correct them. She rather likes this new found popularity she has started to develop, until another girl ...more
Kelsey
So Little Black Lies? What can I say but that I loved it. It was well written, funny, sad, loveable, it was everything a terrific book should be. The characters were great- well developed with strong personalities and it was hard not to like the main character, even with her lies. Although I liked her, there was always something nagging in the back of my mind about her that I didn’t care for. I didn’t like that she went to such lengths just so people wouldn’t find out she lived in an apartment w ...more
Heather
The book "Little Black Lies" is about a girl named Sara Black, and how she lies about her life to fit in at Anton High, a "smart kid" school. Although Sara is a bright student, she is overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of work left by her teachers at the new school. The reason that she had to switch schools is because her father, got a new job as a janitor at Anton High. Her father, Charlie, has OCD and it became worse when her mother left. At her new school, Sara doesn't want people to know t ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

Sara is going to a new school. The school she'll be attending is also the school that is hiring her father as the new janitor.

Her mother has run away with one of Sara's former high school teachers to France. Sara is very embarrassed about her father, especially since he suffers from OCD. He also drives old VW buses.

Her new school is one full of gifted students and snobs. Sara is tired of having a life that is ruined by her parents. She decides that
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Camille
Water dribbles down his face, drips from his chin. I want to wipe it away but I don’t. Instead, I squint in the brightening light, halfway between my old life and my new and smile. - Little Black Lies
Sara, a young girl entering her Jr. year of high school only wants to fit in. She comes from a janitorial father who takes pride in his duties as a cleaner, and a French cuisine mother who seemed to abandon her duties as a mother. Sara finds herself in a new area and a new school with her father.He
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Joelle
I was really disappointed in this book. The summary got me excited and I honestly did like Sara in this book. But I felt the majority of the book was just dragging on. Sara is in a new school, and yeah her dad's the janitor and she lies to help climb up the social ladder. The lies she told were white lies that eventually came out and because of them it got her involved in some serious sticky situation at school. However, I honestly didn't feel the author executed in the actually book, what the s ...more
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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Anais Nin quote from Oprah's website inspired Tish Cohen to write her first adult novel.

Tish Cohen is the author of TOWN HOUSE, a 2008 finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Best First Book Award (Canada and Caribbean region), and in development as a feature film with Fox 2000. Ridl
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