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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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Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I generally really enjoy the writing style of this author, but there is simultaneously something so raw and uncomfortable about the parent-child relationships she creates that it is like a scraping feeling to read it. She manages to find the truth in the difficult complexities of adult hang-ups and how they affect kids, and the injustice is hard to take, but also a relief from the simplistic perfect or abandoning adults in other books for readers in this age range. Ant is an imperfect person-cha ...more
Marguarite Markley
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Susan  Dunn
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
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another book by the author of Al Capone Does My Shirts which I so totally enjoyed. This book had a charming protagonist. I loved her little guy friend and his family. This book bucks the philosophy that young adults don't want parents in their books. These parents are quirky--not really great at what they should have been as parents. But once again, the writing is very engaging.
Not To lie It's A Good Book
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
it was okay. Irt was cute. Not great literature, but cute.
Otti Fae
I used to love this book as a kid!
Jack Nixon
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a funny yet engaging book. The main character Antonia "Ant" feel like she dose not fit in with her family. She has two perfect sisters nothing like her, a dad who is always a way on business trips, and a mom who never seems to be happy with Ant. Ant makes up a lot of lies up. One main lie she always brings up and truly believes in it is that she is adopted. Her best friend Harrison, her dog Pistachio, and her art teacher are the three beings who she likes to be around. Great read fo ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Antonia (Ant) is uncomfortable in her own family. She is so different from her sisters, Elizabeth and Katy, that she is pretty sure she must have been adopted. Her mother seems to appreciate her sisters so much more than Ant, too. Thankfully, Ant has her good friend, Harrison, her faithful Chihuahua, Pistachio, and a very supportive teacher, Just Carol. Just Carol even manages to get Ant and Harrison a job at the zoo -- how perfect is that? But Ant nearly ruins everything by smuggling Pistachio ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A reread—and I am glad I did. Often when I read books about “troubled” kids, the problems are obvious, but Ant’s issues are not. To all of the adults in her life, she just seems like a liar. It’s difficult to be the “Just Carol” to every kid in class, but it’s certainly worth the effort if I can figure out why even one kid is acting the way she does and try to help her make the situation better.

Family drama
Mothers and daughters
Teachers who make a
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book ever!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I read it for the first time as an adult. It is well-written and provides well-developed and realistic characters. I recommend this to both young adults and adults alike.
Gracie Pazdernik
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is really interesting and I recommend it to anyone.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon Gennifer Choldenko's "Al Capone..." series a month ago. My husband and I took a weekend trip to Chicago where we went on an "Untouchables" tour. I was looking for something easy to listen to when I found "Al Capone Washes My Shirts" in audiobooks. All three Capone books and "Liar" in four weeks. That's as a busy mom if 4!

All I can say is, in some moments I was Ant, and in some, I was her mother. But in putting on both shoes, I learned a lot.

Someday I hope to grow up to be Ms. Ch
Marissa Masterson
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 27, 2012 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
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Notes from a lair and her dog by Gennifer Choldenko. This girl always has a dairy and she always takes notes with them and one of them said that she wanted a dog. I like the book because at the end of the book she get's the dog that she wanted. I will recomend this book to My brother because he likes taking notes.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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
Elice Jrbashyan
Dec 03, 2011 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
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freshman-summer
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
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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
Ruth Hanks
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nathan Misquita
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The character I like the most is the main character because she has great character. This book makes me think about how life is tough because she always gets in trouble for thinking she is adopted. The setting of this story is important because this is where all the important action takes place. When I read this book I feel that I should go with my senses sometimes. This character reminds me of someone that has a tough life and has to work through it. Sometimes I feels like the main character an ...more
Julien-Pierre Campbell
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
Lizbeth German
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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