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Notes from a Liar and Her Dog

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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
Stephanie Fitzgerald
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I really wouldn’t recommend this one.
I didn’t enjoy this one like I thought I would. Ant was a pretty annoying character, but I when read the parts about her mother I understood why Ant behaved as she did. I just could not understand a parent so disliking their own child just because she isn’t “perfect” like the two siblings are held up to be. No wonder Ant persisted in thinking she was adopted!
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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I simply did not enjoy this book. It's about a deeply unhappy kid and her unhappy parents. They don't get along. They don't talk or grow or resolve anything. They don't get help.

I usually really enjoy strong boy/girl friendships (Heartbeat, The Liberation of Gabriel King). I like Harrison. Then he gets the flu and we never see him again.

All the stuff at the zoo was so wholly unbelievable. Grrrr. No one would ever give an 11-year-old keys. Nope.

Ah well.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG. I was flipping through overdrive looking for something to fill a couple of hours and found this. HOW could I turn down a book about a child and her dog. In some ways, this was the saddest book I have ever read and in other ways, I think it is the plight of every child who has sibs to believe that their parent loves the other more than them.

I remember that I always believed my sister was better, prettier, got more and was loved more than I.
Marguarite Markley
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
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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!
Brie & Gabbie
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a short novel geared towards 10-11 year old kids, in that sense the book was very easy to understand and to pull what the character was feeling behind the words she was actually saying. I really liked this book, even at my age it makes for a fun read. Ant is a young girl who feels slighted and ignored by her family in many ways. She feels her mother prefers her two light skinned ballerina sisters over her a "nut-brown" skinned daughter who has a smelly dog. Her dad is always quitti ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Notes from a liar and her dog is one of the best books I have read through my reading life. The main character, Antonia has two perfect sisters that she is constantly being compared to, and on top of this her parents don't understand her. Antonia's dog is the only one in her family that understands her and when her dog gets sick, she is devastated. Antonia starts to lie to everyone at school and says that she is adopted and those are not her real parents. However, her art teacher soon realizes t ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: families
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
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 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
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great book, I enjoyed. It reminded me of I love lucey for kids, all these remarkable results from a girl stuck in some strange situations doing strange things that from her point of view seem perfectly logical, It reminds me that sometimes you have to imagine being in another persons position before you judge their actions. What would you do. This was a good read.
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.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. I didn't expect it to be this good.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought it was good and very detailed and I really enjoyed it from start to finish and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is really into Realistic Fiction
Galion Public Library Teens
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Review by M.F. : "Lovely book, and a great read."
megan ♡
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was honestly such a fun little book with an important message for kids/middle-graders
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you knew the main character in real life, she wouldn't make sense to you—until you saw her secret thoughts in this book.
Aundrea Price
Aug 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
It was ok. Ending made it better. I thibknitnjust dragged. I might have been slightly too old when i read it (maybe 10 or 12)
Jill Diamond
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
Easy YA read but it was extra cringeworthy when the girl took her dog to the zoo. Twice.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Ant MacPherson is the key character in this little read. She is quite different from other members of her family and believes that her "real" parents are out there somewhere. She just doesn't know where. To Antonia (she prefers to be called Ant), her sisters, Elizabeth and Kate, are "perfect." Pistachio, her old dog, seems to be the only one who understands her. Constant companions, Kate feels that she must protect her pet however she must. Her mother doesn't appear to like the dog so Ant tells ...more
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