cover image Lions & Liars

Lions & Liars

Kate Beasley, illustrated by Dan Santat. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-374-30263-4

Not much is likely to go well for a boy whose own parents named him Frederick Frederickson: even Frederick’s best friend, Joel, tells him, “You need to accept that life is going to be horrible for you.” So when an impending hurricane cancels Frederick’s favorite event of the year—a family cruise to the Caribbean—he is not overjoyed he’ll be home to attend Joel’s birthday party after all. Things go downhill quickly from there when, at the party, Joel’s prank to send Frederick on another cruise results in the boy accidentally falling into a rudderless boat; Frederick is saved from the alligator-infested waters only when he washes up hours later on the shores of a camp for troubled boys. Mistaken for a notorious camp veteran, Frederick has a brief turn at being a fearsome leader (the lion of the title). Over the course of the weekend—and many comedic interludes highlighting his ineptitude at competition—Frederick realizes he does not want to be king of the playground, the cafeteria, or anywhere else. He just wants a friend, but in order to have one, he will have to learn how to be one. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. [em]Author’s agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (June) [/em]