A Pack Of Lies

Paperback | March 15, 2002

byGeraldine McCaughrean

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Ailsa doesn't trust MCC Berkshire, the mysterious man helping out in her mother's antique shop. He tells wonderful stories about all the antiques, and his stories persuade the customers to buy the items he talks about, but everything he says is a pack of lies, isn't it?The story of Ailsa and MCC is interwoven with the stories MCC tells the customers, which range from romances to adventure stories; from crime dramas to pirate stories; from stories set in modern-day Ireland to stories set in ancient China.

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Ailsa doesn't trust MCC Berkshire, the mysterious man helping out in her mother's antique shop. He tells wonderful stories about all the antiques, and his stories persuade the customers to buy the items he talks about, but everything he says is a pack of lies, isn't it?The story of Ailsa and MCC is interwoven with the stories MCC tells...

Geraldine McCaughrean has won every major children's book prize in the UK. She is considered an exceptional writer of our time.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192752030

ISBN - 13:9780192752031

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Pack of Lies "A Pack of Lies" takes place in an antique store that is on its last legs until MCC Berkshire shows up. Ailsa the daughter of her widowed mother meets MCC at the library where he is being thrown out into the rain by the librarian. Ailsa takes him home with her and he ends up staying and sleeping in the antique store. Business is slow so Berkshire makes up stories based on the books he reads with a passion. People cannot resist buying an item that has a story attached to it. Something is a bit odd about Berkshire and the stories he tells may not be lies after all. I found the book entertaining, but I felt not enough words were spent on Ailsa and her mother and their lives. I found I lost interest when Berkshire was telling some of his stories.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fun Geraldine McCaughrean has created an anthology of assorted stories, by turns funny, romantic, weird and fantastic, all connected by the storyteller, whose stories are always specifically directed at his chosen audience. A marvelous read with a surprise twist at the end.
Date published: 2004-12-21