Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Lies, Rumors, and Misinformation

City of Lies - (ISBN: 9780385739061)

by Lian Tanner

Goldie’s job is to be a Liar although she is not committed enough to become a Keeper, her ultimate goal. One day, her friend is kidnapped. On the way to the rescue, another friend is taken by the child stealers. Goldie finds herself an unwilling participant in the Festival of Lies, where everything anyone utters is the opposite of the truth. Can Goldie figure her way out of this maze and save her friends?

Lies and Lemons - (ISBN: 978-0689832093)

by Donna Jo Napoli

Once Celine, the Angel of Honesty, starts omitting parts of the truth, the omissions seem to take on a life of their own, growing into out-and-out lies. Predictably, Celine cannot remember what stories she has told whom. Then she fails to remember what the actual truth is and what she has fabricated. Make a list of her deliberate pieces of misinformation, and balance it with a plotline of what really happened. What is the percentage of truth she actually tells?

Little White Lies - (ISBN: 978-1416990383)

by Jessica Burkhart

Sasha’s decision to use white lies to keep the status quo at her private school has far-reaching consequences. Although she is motivated to stretch the truth just because she wants to help everyone, she underestimates the power of the growing fib! Have white lies helped you in your life, or have you found the same thing Sasha experiences?

Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me - (ISBN: 978-0312665487)

by Nan Marino

Although no one else seems to notice that Tamara’s new neighbor tells story after story, Tamara is determined to unmask him. Is she being vengeful because the new neighbor, whom she has dubbed Muscle Man McGinty, has moved into her former best friend’s room? Or is he really prone to deliberately giving out misinformation?

Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies - (ISBN: 9781402275609 )

by Jordan Jacobs

Samantha’s long hoped for opportunity to accompany her archeologist uncle on a dig in the Peruvian Andes turns into a “treasure” hunt instead. Some of the valuable finds from the dig disappear, and Samantha must delve through many confusing clues to find the truth about what has happened to them in the midst of lies, misinformation, and half-truths. Did anything in this story surprise you?

The Great Moon Hoax - (ISBN: 978-0761351108)

by Stephen Krensky

Catch a Tiger by the Toe - (ISBN: 978-0670884612)

by Ellen Levine

Legends or Lies? - (ISBN: 9780761418917)

by Gary Blackwood

Spider Lies - (ISBN: 9781921361517)

by Jen Banyard

The True Meaning of Smekday - (ISBN: 978-0786849017)

by Adam Rex

Activities for this Theme

Learn about rumors and their spreading effects with this glitter activity


For a quick take on how things are not what they seem, look at these


Try to make your own Escher-style drawings.


Enjoy choosing your own colors to complete these drawings by one of the world’s greatest illusionists, M.C. Escher.


Try the Fact vs Opinion Game