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Lions and Liars

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick's a flea.

Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates—Nosebleed, Specs, The Pr
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
10-year-old Frederick likes hanging out with Raj and Joel, but lately, he's been doubting whether they've ever truly been his friends. Sometimes, Joel and Raj make Frederick feel like he's a loser, who could blame Freddie for not wanting to be referred to as a "flea on a meerkats butt?" Just once he'd like to excel at something, even if it's just a stupid dodgeball game with Devin. Unfortunately, things don't go as expected when he takes a ball to the face. To make matter's worse, Fredrick's ann ...more
This was a ridiculously fun book and probably one I will recommend to 4th-5th grade boys. Gotta suspend that adult part of your brain that knows no kid could just randomly show up at a weekend camp and just pretend to be another kid. LOL. But otherwise, this misadventures of Frederick Frederickson were a quick read and I think the moral of the story, which is mostly about introspection and friendship, work well, without being preachy.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
To be honest, the first draw to this book is the amazing cover... it is so adorable. Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley

The second thing that drew me to the book was the life lesson that life is unpredictable and worth living no matter where you fall on the food chain. It takes a few hard knocks to teach that lesson to Fredrick "the flea," but he has a whole summer to learn it with the help of his newfound friends at a disciplinary camp when a hurricane hits.

This book, while a bit long is great for middle schoolers, especia
Reviews May Vary
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Middle grade book about a boy who is showing off and accidentally ends up in a disciplinary camp testing out his friends theories about how people fit together like the animal kingdom does. A good story about friendship and giving people a chance to surprise you.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! A fun story about Frederick Frederickson who is trying to find his place in his friendship group. He feels like a loser and those around him certainly don’t make him feel any better! In an odd series of events he ends up at a camp for troubled boys mistaken for a boy with a less than stellar reputation. He is finally finding his way and making friends when his cover is blown and a hurricane blows in. His hopes of returning home are drowning with the rising waters! A f ...more
Mary Lee
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shh...don't tell the boys that they finally have a book that's about the dynamics of (boy) friendships and the search for (boy) identity. All they need to know is that it's about a kid who wants to be a little less like a flea on a meerkat's butt and a little more like a lion. Or you can tell them that this is a story about a kid who makes a series of really stupid mistakes, finds himself in a weekend disciplinary camp under a false identity, and survives a category 5 hurricane.

Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun adventure-style coming of age book underscored by some excellent comedic moments and some tense underlying issues about race and what the world sees when they look at 'troubled boys' and the assumptions they make because of it. Geared toward younger readers, but an enjoyable book for readers of all ages. Will definitely be recommending for purchase! ...more
Megan Truax
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The writing in this book is beautiful! Lots to pull from as a mentor text, and the story made me smile and laugh. I’ll definitely be using this as a read aloud this year!
It's always nice to get to cruise. ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute 4-5th grade novel about your place in life. Are you a lion, or a flea on the butt of a prey animal.
Frederick\Dash ends up being both, but how you act matters more then your place on the food chain.

I felt the book went a little long, but loved the Dan Santat illustrations.

The Reading Countess
The first sentence reels in any third or fourth grader, then the situational humor and witty word play keeps them there. I can see this being a smart choice to push toward a more, er, reluctant reader at the beginning of the year in my fourth grade classroom. The swift action, relatable characters, aha moments (shout out to Notice and Note fans) and cleverness of some of the conversations ‘Dash’ has would make a reader trust that there are more books like this one waiting in the wings. And that’ ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t love this as much as I wanted to, but I still enjoyed the story. This will be a good recommendation for some of my students, especially the boys, looking for realistic fiction. It’s not overly funny, but definitely a humorous story that reminded me just a tiny bit of Holes😊
Ms. Yingling
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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Frederick Frederickson is angry with his parents because they are canceling the family vacation cruise because of an impending hurricane. The upside is that he gets to go to his friend Joel's birthday party. The downside is that he is in a boat that gets caught in a storm, washes away overnight, and ends up at a camp for troubled boys. Everyone there assumes he is a camper named Dashiell, and he doesn't insist on setting them straight, so falls right into camp life with
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frederick just wants to be popular and important. I think many 5th grade students feel like Frederick, but Frederick takes this position to the extreme in this novel. This novel is funny and yet it is serious in sections, as Frederick comes to understand life and who he is.

When his family’s vacation plans get cancelled, Frederick feels as if the world is coming to an end. No longer able to be pampered on a cruise, Frederick attends his friend’s birthday party where a surprise is waiting for him
Shaye Miller
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fifth-grader Frederick Frederickson is having a rough time. He’s beginning to question his friendships — whether his friends are who he thinks they are, or if they even like him at all. One day, in frustration, he climbs into his friend’s boat with a storm quickly approaching. He intended to just scare his friend by unlatching his boat from the dock, but his plan backfires and his boat is sent bobbing downstream, landing miles away where he discovers Camp Omigoshee, a program created for trouble ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book with excellent illustrations aimed at the 4th-6th grade reader of realistic fiction with a bit of humor who can handle nearly 300 pages on an upper 4th grade AR reading level. Frederick Frederickson is a flea in a jungle-themed food chain of middle school, but when a boating mishap lands him in a weekend camp for troubled boys, he is handed a new identity and the opportunity to be a lion in that same food chain. Kate Beasley (Gertie’s Leap to Greatness) peppers the tough, “transformati ...more
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Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley, 288 pages. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2018. $16.

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Frederick has always been a flea in the school hierarchy - never a gazelle, and certainly never a lion. Then comes the day Frederick finds himself floating down a river adrift; when he lands he is mistaken for a camper at a disciplinary camp -- and not just any camper, but a camper who already has a reputation. As Frederick discovers what it is like
The Library Lady
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The cover art by "Caldecott Medal winning" illustrator Dan Santat is not enough to make this more than an adequate book.
There are more illustrations inside, but don't let the credit fool you into thinking this is a graphic novel, or even a multi-illustrated "Wimpy Ki" sort of work.
I'd hand this to a kid who hasn't yet read Holes. Beasley doesn't have Louis Sachar's gift for creating over the top situations and characters, and somehow making them believable, but this is an adequate book, and an
3.5 stars

I listened to this with my son. It was cute. The MC could be incredibly frustrating, as you waited for him to stand up for himself. But I liked how in the end, the author didn't really make him change. He didn't turn into a lion. He remained a flea, and that's okay. Not everyone is a lion. Some of us are fleas. I think that's a good message for kids.

The story had some good moments, and the side characters are fun as you get to know them and their stories unfold. Not a bad book for kids.
Edwin Loeza
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a very interesting book this book is about a Boy named Fredrick and how he thinks that the bully's in his school are just like lions cruel and not nice.His trouble started off when he was send to a disciplinary camp for not well be heaved kids and so when he was there he was being bullied by the kids in the camp.So then he wanted to escape because he thought that the treatment he was receiving in the camp was not OK because the kids bullied him for no reason. ...more
Jenn Lopez
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story about accepting who you are and how difficult that is when you are little. It also has mischief and adventure as Fredrick Fredrickson tries to find a way to fit in. With the ARC digital copy (Thanks, NetGalley!) I missed out on Dan Santat's illustrations. Boo. I have to wait until we get a copy at our library. ...more
Melinda Bender
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frederick finds himself known as a flea among the lions and gazelles according to the other boys. Accidentally he finds himself at a disciplinary camp where no one knows him and no one knows him as a “flea”. Things start to change dramatically and the adventures begin. This story shows you can reinvent yourself anytime and not let others define who you are. Great book especially boys.
Wendy MacKnight
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
A delight
Chelsea Bashore
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this would make a great read aloud for my middle schoolers.
If this book doesn't make you long for a vacation or understand its appeal, then nothing will. Ten-year-old Frederick Frederickson lives for his family vacation every year since they usually go on a cruise and he can leave his cares behind him. While his concerns might pale next to those of many youngsters, he's starting to realize that he may not amount to much. When his friend, Joel, espouses his theory that the world consists of winners and losers, and Frederick is one of the losers, the boy ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
This book was very cute and funny. It was pretty much the same thing as Holes, but still funny enough and clever enough to keep me reading. I disagreed with a lot of what our point was. Frederick's whole journey was to become popular, and instead of learning the shallowness of popularity, he leans he just needed to hang out with the right people.

We seriously confuse this idea of a "good person." Is everyone a good person, except for Dash, because of reasons. Is everyone a bad person because they
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of those middle-grade books with an episodic, slapstick plot--the type that really follows no logic whatsoever, but you don't really care because you're rooting for the characters to get through it.

Frederick Frederickson really wants to go on a cruise. It's, like, his thing. But his family has to cancel their vacation plans due to a hurricane, and he's stuck as home being a "flea" ignored by all the "lions" and other more majestic animals of the middle-school kingdom.Instead of toler
Kaige Zagelow
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Lions & Liars is your classic story about an elementary school boy who is a social outcast and wants to climb the ranks and dethrone the king of the school. While in the process of this, an event occurs that turns the protagonist's life upsides down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, i thought it was a story that many boys and girls could relate too. I loved how detailed the author was when describing every character and their appearance. I also loved how the author portrayed Frederick (t ...more
Katy Noyes
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holes-like camp story, a story about discovering who your friends are... and yourself.

Frederick Frederickson really NEEDS his family holiday on the cruise ship. He's feeling like a 'flea on the butt of a meerkat', not the lion the middle-school dodgeball star is. But a storm cancels his holiday plans and he ends up accidentally 'borrowing' a friend's boat and lost down the river, near a disciplinary camp. Mistaken for a notorious trouble-maker, Frederick gets to know some of the other boys and e
Frederick Frederickson is tired of being bullied by his friends and enemies at school. When a hurricane cancels his family's annual Christmas cruise, Frederick is fed up. He ends up in a boat on the river without a motor or a paddle. He comes ashore at a boys' camp for troublesome boys although he doesn't know that is what kind of camp it is at first. They assume he is Dash, a troublesome and infamous delinquent. He is assigned to cabin 13 with Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and Ant Bite. Fred ...more
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