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Publisher's Summary

Master storyteller Patricia C. McKissack transports us to the front porch: a place where lightning bugs flash, lemonade is poured, and tales about slickster-tricksters are an every-night treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Here you can listen to "porch lies": tales filled with humor and exaggeration about characters like:

  • A one-of-a-kind trickster, Dooley Hunter, who tells such a whopper at the State Liars' Contest that it becomes known as the best lie ever told.
  • A downright wily individual by the name of Noble "Cake" Norris, who some folks believe may have died 27 times.
  • A little old lady slickster folks call Aunt Gran, who comes face to face with Frank and Jesse James, the two most notorious outlaws in America.

    Rich in African American history, these unforgettable tales range from sidesplittingly funny to spine-chillingly spooky. So hop on the porch swing and listen up: there's a story just starting.

  • ©2007 Patricia McKissack; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

    Critic Reviews

    "These 10 literate stories make for great leisure listening and knowing chuckles." (School Library Journal)

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    Porch Lies

    just didn't care for this one. It was a boom club selection. I was bored.

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    A Great Find

    love it, the stories were fun and entertaining, and the performance of each one was on point.i don't know if this was suppose to be a kids book but I'm long past that and I enjoyed it from beginning to end

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    Great read aloud

    Teachers, when you are teaching the students about slicksters and tricksters, this is the book. The characters are larger than life and like family. Great stories!