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The Boy Who Fooled the World by Lisa Thompson

The Boy Who Fooled the World

Lisa Thompson

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Scholastic
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: 2 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781407185132

Telling a little white lie now and then is harmless, right? But what if it leads to you being a household name and international celebrity? Cole is the boy who fooled the world and finds himself trapped in a huge web of lies... can he break free?

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5 stars out of 5
Fiona Noble
11 Oct 2019

"Thompson's writing is full of heart, warmth and humour but she's not afraid to address thought-provoking questions about the illusion of wealth and what it means to be happy"

The Goldfish Boy was one of 2017's bestselling debuts and subsequent titles have confirmed Thompson as a major talent in Middle Grade fiction. In her new book, characteristic themes of friendship and finding your way in the world are coupled with the page-turning mystery of a famous painting. Cole feels he doesn't fit in with the rich kids at school because his family struggle to make ends meet. When a painting he made in art class unexpectedly sells for thousands of pounds at a London gallery he becomes the darling of the international art world. But a white lie has spiralled out of control and when his family are plunged back into poverty Cole must crack the riddle of a mysterious painting which promises to lead the solver to great riches. Thompson's writing is full of heart, warmth and humour but she's not afraid to address thought-provoking questions about the illusion of wealth and what it means to be happy. I love her well-observed family dynamics, real complex characters and the lightness of touch that makes her work accessible and commercial.

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